I have become very fond of detective fiction. So much that I receive various kinds from all over the world. Recently, Poland’s New Detective, which was published years after the Secret Detective from 1931–1935 came through the door. The various editions together comprise the largest and oldest crime magazine in Poland. They have been describing real crime stories for readers for many years. I learned that its still publishing and this past July’s edition opens with a text about mafia cemeteries, on which the bodies of the victims of gangster scores are hidden. Don’t ask me what it all means but detective stories have certainly surpassed all other forms of literary and cinematic entertainment ever produced.
This year, our brilliant Regional Design Awards judges—Aaron Draplin, Jessica Hische, Pum Lefebure, Ellen Lupton, Eddie Opara and Paula Scher—have pored over, puzzled over, obsessed and stressed over nearly 4,000 entries to bring you this list of their selections for the best American designs of the year. Perhaps with a bit more pressure than in years past. With this issue of Print, we say goodbye to the physical copies of our magazine, and hello to a robust and thriving online community.
As Debbie Millman says in her editor’s note, “In its 77-year history, the magazine evolved from a technical and scholarly journal aimed at the printing trade, to a mainstream magazine providing critical reporting and analysis of all facets of graphic design and visual culture.”
Grab this final copy of Print magazine today and join what Steven Heller describes as “more than a mere magazine, but a community—in a sense, a family—of shared interest that has promoted, critiqued, enlightened and introduced a broad swath of art and craft from which its readers have carved out not only careers but creative lives.”
This is not an end. This is a beginning.