Announcing: Wide Open Magazine

Wide Open Magazine, a new publication from Red Hat, is arriving sometime around mid-March (although people can pre-order). I designed the Web site (both the look and the implementation) and served as the creative director for the first issue, came up with the general design, and also made all the collateral (posters, boxes, etc.).

The magazine features some photography by yours truly (including the cover photograph) and I also contributed in the ways of layout, illustration, typography, and style.

It was nice to do a variety of different types of artwork and design for the magazine, including getting back into the publishing mode for a while.

(I first started professionally publishing stuff over a decade ago, and over the years I’ve seen a lot of changes — yet many things remained the same.)

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7 Responses to “Announcing: Wide Open Magazine”

  1. Ryan says:

    Tools used

    What software was used to do the layout of this magazine. Is there a really good page layout app for Linux, or did you all have to go with quark or indesign?Ryan

  2. Kreg Steppe says:


    I look forward to seeing it. I bet it was fun to do something different from making desktop graphics for a bit.I am also interested which tools you used to layout the mag. (Scribus?)

  3. Re: Tools used

    I used Adobe InDesign on a Mac. There would have been no way to do this professionally on Linux, unfortunately.

  4. Re: Nice.

    Yes, I can (and like to) do many other things than just desktop graphics alone, so I try to do as wide of a variety as possible when the opportunity presents itself. It was fun to be back doing publishing for a bit.

    Scribus isn’t ready for serious work just yet, although it is starting to look like it can do a lot. For home DTP, I would imagine it could possibly be good enough.

  5. Matt says:


    Hi GarretCan you inform me who to email regarding subscription availability in Australia?Thank you

  6. lang says:

    The cover..

    So, where can we see the cover you made?

  7. Jay says:

    Good to always see nice, attractive standards compliant sites.