American Photo: Redesigned

American Photo: Redesigned American Photo's new Art Director (and still-AD for Bonnier's sister-pub Garden Design) Donna Reiss shares new work from the issue's fresh redesign.
The magazine just hit newsstands this month with a complete redesign. I would love to hear what the design community thinks about it.
After the jump, a before and after cover comparison and some of the feature openers...

A look at the covers before and after redesign:

Some of the new feature openers:
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The creative team for American Photo includes:
Editor: Sarah Kinbar
Art Director: Donna Reiss
Brand Director: John Miller
Director of Photography: Larry Nighswander
Photo Editor: Chelsea Stickel

Hey! You've probably got some NEW WORK to share, and we want to see it! We'll welcome anything that's gone to the printer recently, something you're especially proud of and think might be inspiring to the membership and readers of Grids. We'll note the credits and the publication and shine a little light on the latest and greatest in publication design.

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  • Winart

    Love the new look

  • NicoMack

    Looks great. Now it looks like a magazine, not a trade pub.

  • Nikola Mileta

    Well, for me Photo was never about the design or some story from which you can learn something. It was all about excelent photography. Although I did not like US edition. French one is by far the best for me. French one is more artistic and moody in my opinion. It was fabulous showcase of briliant images. And french design was just enough not to interfere with the photos, not to dominate over them, not to stand in their way in any way...

    When ever I had one copy of french Photo in my hands it was always delight to see great images. I never thought about the design or storys from which I can learn something. If I wanna learn tilt shift technique I buy Digital Photo instead. You aint gonna learn anything in Vogue eather. Its just catwalk on paper.

    Same thing with Photo.

  • daveconrey

    The mag does look a lot better. I just wish their content was stronger. They never go the distance with stories, only summarizing subjects instead of giving real meat. I can't say I've ever really learned anything from the mag. I get far better content online, where I don't have to wait for it to come in the mailbox.

  • Robert Newman

    I agree with Nancy's comments above. Great job. What I love most about it is that American Photo now looks like an engaging, holistically-designed publication. The design is strong, but it advances and enhances the photography. My only complaint: can we please see more pages?!?!?!?!? This is now the photo equivalent of Print magazine, where powerful design goes hand-in-hand with powerful imagery.

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