Mark Porter

Editorial design

New work: Courrier International

September 15th, 2010


The first project from my studio since I left The Guardian is on the streets: Courrier International, published in Paris.

It’s a fascinating magazine. They collect journalism from all over the world, translate it very carefully into French and republish it. The images are a mixture of cartoons illustrations and photos from other sources, with a small amount of commissions. They put it all together into a package which has a very strong personality, and has gained a loyal following. And it’s one of those oversized improved newsprint magazine, a format I love.

I’ve been working on this for the last few months with my former Guardian colleague Mark Leeds. We went over to Paris last week for the “bouclage” (literally buckling-up, what they call shipping an issue) and the very grand launch party, and here are the results.

They printed this comment from me in the first issue, translated into French: “j’espère que les lecteurs éprouveront plus de plaisir à lire le magazine, mais j’espère aussi qu’avec la nouvelle formule ils reconnaîtront la voix d’un vieil ami”. (I hope that readers will find the magazine more enjoyable to read, but I also hope that they will recognise in the new design the voice of an old friend).

Some pages below (click to enlarge)



  1. Comment by Leo — September 16, 2010 @ 12:39 pm

    Great work!

  2. Comment by Dan Zedek — September 16, 2010 @ 11:33 pm

    Very nicely done. The grid and simple color palette give it a strong rhythm.

  3. Comment by dario galvagno — September 17, 2010 @ 12:10 pm

    wonderfull, as all the work you do.

    Dario Galvagno

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  5. Comment by Khoi — September 19, 2010 @ 3:51 pm

    We were actually in Paris last week and saw the advertisements for Courrier Int’l all over the Metro; I wish I’d realized that you’d been working on this or I would have picked up a copy. From the looks of the spreads you’ve published here, you did a terrific job.

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  7. Comment by Alessandro Colizzi — October 27, 2010 @ 4:32 pm

    Great work! I was happily surprised when I bought a copy a couple of weeks ago – didn’t know it was done by you, but I liked it.

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