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Modernism in Layout Design That Makes Newsletters More Compelling to Read

by . July 25th, 2012

Modernism has strived today thanks to its supporters’ broad interpretation of the ideals presented or represented by the movement. Although Modernism started out as a form and style of painting, it has since been represented in different media and has been broken down into different sub-movements – from pragmatic architecture and minimalism, to pop culture and art.

Today, we almost live and breathe Modernism in everything we do – from minimalist iPhones, the interior design of our offices (and homes), the products we consume and electronics we buy every day. It may not be that obvious to us, but we are living in a post-modern era with modernist sensibilities. The idea that what a person considers the golden age is not the time he is currently living in, but the era before his time, is indeed true.

Due to its ubiquity and to the public’s familiarity with the elements in it, Modernism’s influence and impact has made it inevitable for artists and designers to adapt and use it as a form of inspiration in creating their works. Various projects – from simple product and layout design, to graphic design and branding – exhibit touches of Modernism.

Here’re some examples of Modernism-inspired newsletter layout and graphic design taken from some of Dale Edwin Murray’s works:

Gulf Life Magazine design by Dale Edwin Murray via YouTheDesigner.com
 

Jazeera Magazine Page Design 01 by Dale Edwin Murray via YouTheDesigner.com
 

Jazeera Magazine Page Design 02 by Dale Edwin Murray via YouTheDesigner.com
 

Jazeera Magazine Page Design 03 by Dale Edwin Murray via YouTheDesigner.com
 

Healthy Magazine Graphic Design 01 by Dale Edwin Murray via YouTheDesigner.com
 

Healthy Magazine Graphic Design 02 by Dale Edwin Murray via YouTheDesigner.com
 

Healthy Magazine Graphic Design 03 by Dale Edwin Murray via YouTheDesigner.com
 

Ideas Illustrated Spread by Dale Edwin Murray via YouTheDesigner.com
 

Ideas Illustrated Spread Detail 01 by Dale Edwin Murray via YouTheDesigner.com
 

Ideas Illustrated Spread Detail 02 by Dale Edwin Murray via YouTheDesigner.com
 

Ideas Illustrated Spread Detail 03 by Dale Edwin Murray via YouTheDesigner.com
 

Google Think Quarterly Graphic Design by Dale Edwin Murray via YouTheDesigner.com
 

Greensource Magazine Graphic Design by Dale Edwin Murray via YouTheDesigner.com
 

Greensource Magazine Graphic Design by Dale Edwin Murray via YouTheDesigner.com
 

The Good Times Cover by Dale Edwin Murray via YouTheDesigner.com

Artist Info — Dale Edwin Murray

A freelance illustrator based in the UK, he has worked with different big companies such as Toyota, Google, and Chivas Regal. His portfolio mainly features modernist flavors and influences, which are applied to different media. His works in layout design and magazines are the most notable features on his portfolio. You can check out more of his work at his website at DaleEdwinMurray.com.

If you’re looking for ideas or inspiration in publishing a newsletter, you can apply a little bit of modernist touch to your project. Well-circulated magazines are known to feature subtle yet compelling Modernist images, graphic design, and artwork in their pages and spreads — these magazines include Time, Esquire, Reader’s Digest, etc.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A Procrastinator Extraordinaire. Hopes to become a professor someday, somewhere. An avid fan of music, film, and books. Sidelines as a creative adviser for friends and friends of friends. Hopes to win an award through a film, which up until now is still in his head.

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