Ready-Media changes the way magazines and newspapers are designed. By delivering hundreds of pre-designed pages — with extensive style sheets, libraries, and font licenses baked in — publication production is vastly streamlined, freeing designers to concentrate on visual content and storytelling instead of rote layout.
Along with my former boss Roger Black and partners Eduardo Danilo, Sam Berlow and David Berlow, we created Ready-Media with the intention of bringing world-class design and typography to smaller publications with limited resources. It turned out, however, that the benefits of a template-based workflow appealed to the bigger publishers too, and I have since been delivering Ready-Media-style templates to all of my clients including Scientific American, High Times and Variety.
Below, a few sample pages from the first 6 magazine themes that I created for Ready-Media at launch . . .
A cover template from the Vernier theme. The font palette consists of Zocalo and Scout from the Font Bureau
The Vernier theme was created with trade or B2B publications in mind. Above, just one example of the dozens of pre-designed feature openers included in the Verner collection of templates.
A feature opener in the Vernier theme with multiple images of varying size and shape.
Cover in the Ashby theme, with a type palette using Font Bureau's Boomer and Houston families.
An Ashby TOC with multiple images and clear navigational flagging.
Ashby feature opener
One of many pre-built photo-collage pages in the Ashby theme.
An Editor's Letter in the Ames theme.
Feature opener from the Ames theme.
In addition to common editorial pages, the Ames theme includes templates for class notes, people in the news, events and calendars, making it uniquely suited for university publications (for which it gets its name) and people-focused organizations of all kinds.
A fashion feature opener in the Lochmoor theme, a collection of templates ideal for city or regional publications.
The Lochmoor theme aims to be reader-friendly and stylistically timeless. The collection includes templates for product pages, calendars, listings, a best-of feature, as well as common editorial pages like columns, news and features.
Special package listings page in the Lochmoor theme.
Pre-designed charts and tables are included in an extensive library of frequently used elements and structures for the theme.
A Lochmoor feature opener set using the Font Bureau's Poynter and Benton Sans families. Font licenses are included in all Ready-Media themes.