The two big design debates this week centered on the iPad app Flipboard, which releases your social media data into something that looks like a magazine, and Ready-Media, a series of print publication templates created in InDesign by star designer Roger Black.
The magCulture blog fused the two debates. Its writer, London designer Jeremy Leslie, was excited by the new app in part because “it points to a future where the raw material of social media content can be presented in an editorial environment.”
Meanwhile, the blog sees Black as skimming a neat profit off the print world’s misery. “For my part, I think it’s a shocking piece of opportunism. … Good magazines are all about identity and that identity is bound up in the content and design and how they interact. How can you make a decent magazine using a pre-designed template with no relationship to your audience/experience/opinion?”