|The cover of Publishers Weekly, Volume 142, Number 6, August 8, 1942.|
I was surprised to see that August 8, 1942 issue focused most of its articles on book design. And the issue itself was the debut of a new look for the magazine. After flipping through a bunch of ads for new book releases, the articles are preceded by an editorial by the magazine’s editor Frederic G. Melcher (who was also one of the directors of The Council on Books in Wartime).
|This opening editorial describes the process behind the new 1942 design of Publishers Weekly. (get a closer look to read the text)|
The bio explains that Dean took the Goudy of the magazine’s previous masthead and modernized it. I’ll have to find a 1941 issue to compare the cover designs. For the body text he chose the font Caledonia, designed by William A. Dwiggins in 1939. This issue I bought also has an article about Dwiggins, which I'll scan for a upcoming post.
|Charles C. S. Dean, designer of the new for 1942 Publishers Weekly. (get a closer look to read the text)|