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free cool design magazine from England

Icon magazine is a “major new international design and architecture magazine.”

They offer their back issues for free in pdf format. You can also purchase the printed versions of their back issues. When I have some downtime, I may make pdfs of all the back issues.

I prefer having pdfs of magazines versus the printed version. Sure it’s nice having the big glossy photos from a magazine, but it’s especially nice having a pdf archive of articles because they take up minimal space. A year’s print subscription to a magazine can start taking up a fair amount of space.

If your pdfs are stored on your hard drive, you can easily index the folder containing the pdfs. That way any content in the pdf can be searchable. It’s like having a mini-library on your hard drive. There’s also software out there that lets you index the content of your cds or dvds if you prefer to keep the pdfs on discs.

5 Responses to free cool design magazine from England

  1. Tom Saaristo June 15, 2005 at 5:44 am #

    I am SO glad I came here this morning. I almost subscribed to Icon last night! I’m glad I didn’t! I can get back issues for FREE in .pdf!? Amazing! Thanks for the tip!

  2. Erik Maldre June 15, 2005 at 5:51 am #

    I’m sure they leave some stuff out of the magazine. They feature about 6 articles in the pdf. So, I’m sure there’s little sections that they leave out.

    But still a fair amount of stuff they give away for free.

  3. Matt Maldre June 28, 2005 at 11:25 am #

    Every time I print out an article, I also save a pdf of it. So then I don’t have to keep all these paper copies around everywhere. And like you said, moose, then you can search all the pdfs. It’s so spiffy. And you know spiffy and shiny go hand-in-hand.

    Plus, it’s neat to go back and look at all the articles that I”ve read through the years. And it doesn’t take up much hard drive space. Of the 483 articles, it takes up just 174MB.

  4. Matt Maldre June 28, 2005 at 11:30 am #

    oh the 483 are just from this year. I’ve got articles going back to like 2001. If anyone wants a copy of them on a cd, i can give you one!

  5. Tom Saaristo June 29, 2005 at 5:34 am #

    What kind of articles, spud?

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