Red Onion provides editorial design for magazines. We have years of experience designing outstanding products from luxury high-end titles, to mainstream consumer and customer magazines… We consider ourselves one of the best contract publishers in the UK. Read about our magazine knowledge here.


Using Colour Sparingly in Design

February 1, 2021Content knowledge, Magazine knowledge

We’d like to welcome Chevening to the Red Onion ranks. Chevening is a global academic awards program, supported by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and partner organisations. We created this brand new magazine from scratch and we’d like to share with you some insight into the design decisions that were made. We used … Read More


Printed Magazines During a Pandemic. Filling the Void.

April 4, 2020Magazine knowledge, Trends

In the midst of a pandemic, businesses and employees are looking for ways to continue to prosper. One of the effects of social distancing is that people can feel very isolated – and that’s where traditional media can step in. These days people are increasingly turning to digital media for their entertainment and information, but … Read More


Why were these magazines for young people so successful?

April 13, 2019Magazine knowledge

  Spring 2019 sees the last issue printed of this popular magazine, which had been published continuously for over 30 years. It’s the end of an era for the Become charity. It’s time to celebrate some of the amazing layouts that have been in Become (formerly Who Cares? Magazine) and Become Junior magazine. Two national magazines … Read More



New edition of Diabetes UK magazine

October 24, 2018Magazine knowledge

The new edition of My Life magazine has landed. Red Onion worked closely with the editorial team at Diabetes UK to put together the design of this latest edition of the annual. It’s to engage with children who have Diabetes. My Life has a bright, busy and lively design, with colourful bespoke illustrations. It immerses readers … Read More


40 years of Star Wars magazine covers

November 29, 2017Magazine knowledge

Star Wars has infiltrated western culture in so many ways. Here we take a quick look back at how the film has been portrayed on magazine covers over the last 40 years. From A New Hope in 1977 to The Last Jedi in 2017. 1970s/80s People Weekly was one of the first mainstream titles to … Read More


Red Onion redesign wins international award

June 15, 2017Magazine knowledge

We’re delighted to hear that a magazine designed by Red Onion has received an international award. Unbeknownst to us, our client entered the title into the “Magazine Publishing Improvement” category of the 2017 CASE Circle of Excellence Awards. We competed with education establishments around the world, several with bigger budgets and bigger teams. The yearly … Read More


Success for new university alumni magazine

December 14, 2016Content knowledge, Magazine knowledge

We’re delighted to announce our new partnership with the University of Essex to produce their alumni magazine, Essex Effect. Red Onion fought off strong competition to redesign the title. The objective was to engage with the wide age range, and diverse interests of the alumni readership – whilst taking on board the strong and evolving … Read More


Phaidon launches travel magazine

December 17, 2015Magazine knowledge, Website knowledge

Red Onion worked closely with the team at Phaidon to create this digital magazine. In the mix were Creative Director Andy Cowles, Editor Mat Smith and Publisher Inca Waddell. The project was unique as it utilised a double-page cover (both a landscape and portrait version), which is perfect for the online platform – and rarely … Read More



Top 5… Reasons a print magazine rivals digital

September 24, 2015Magazine knowledge

It’s of course important to engage with your readers across all media platforms, but on this occasion let’s quickly focus on the benefits of print magazines. Let’s go… 1 It’s a great way to connect with your readers. If you’ve got lots of staff in your company (for example) this is a great way to … Read More