With a 25-year track record as the leading magazine for architecture and design, Blueprint is regarded by many around the world as the original design magazine. Following the magazine’s recent relaunch, it was described by The Observer newspaper as the ‘design bible’. Blueprint’s award-winning design sets it apart from other magazines. Published monthly, it is lovingly produced in large format on the best quality paper, with photography and illustration of the highest standard. But its long-standing appeal is also due to the finest criticism, news and feature writing on design and architecture, directed at professionals and non-professionals, alike. The magazine takes a parallel approach to the different design disciplines, reflecting a belief that fashion, product, furniture and architectural design can share ideas. As editor Vicky Richardson says: ‘Blueprint aims to use the subject of design to reveal the workings of society. The magazine is about the important role that design and architecture can play in shaping the world.’
Launched in 1983, Blueprint was the first magazine to cross the boundaries between design and architecture. It was established by Peter Murray and Deyan Sudjic with the financial backing of leading architects and designers including Norman Foster and Rodney Fitch. Today, it continues to be revered by architects and designers around the world for its fresh and unconventional approach. Past editors have included Rowan Moore (former director of the Architecture Foundation) and Marcus Field (former arts editor of The Independent on Sunday), and art directors have included the respected designers Simon Esterson, Andrew Johnson and John Belknap. In September 2006, the magazine was relaunched to critical acclaim, with a new format. Blueprint’s art director, Patrick Myles, worked with internationally renowned typographer David Quay to develop a new typeface specially for the magazine, Blueprint New Era. Patrick was named Designer of the Year at the PPA Awardsfor his efforts. Blueprint has gone from strength to strength since, repeatedly breaking records for the best-selling and biggest issues in the magazine’s history.