Don’t ask me to explain why I did it, but I recently surveyed my alumni magazine library and called the roll for perfect-bound magazines that appear to employ school colors on their spines. No need to thank me.
- Dartmouth Alumni Magazine
- Fordham (maybe…Fordham’s colors are maroon and white, and this spine is awfully red, but the back cover is more maroonish…so maybe the printer was off on the color)
- Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine
- Iowa Alumni Magazine
- Johns Hopkins Magazine (actually a compromise with the powers-that-be, who, for a time, were pushing for the university logo to appear on either the front or back cover; we counter-offered to make the spine blue)
- The Michigan Engineer
- Mountains & Minds (Montana State University)
- New York University Alumni Magazine
- NC State
- State (Oklahoma State University, school colors orange and black, and man, you’ve never seen as much orange in a magazine until you page through an issue of this one)
- Purdue Alumnus
- Swarthmore College Bulletin
Just when you thought the emerging discipline of umagazinology could not get any nerdier.
While on the subject of perfect binding and magazine spines, the magazine of the Rhode Island School of Design does the coolest thing. The magazine’s name is RISD xyz, and look what they do with that (click the image):