Spring 2018

The front matter

This ‘bitty section’ requires a jigsaw of design and writing skills, says Vici MacDonald

It is a format that most readers will recognise, but few will have a name for – the collage of pictures and short texts often found at the beginning of a magazine section, or even the entire publication. Whatever its official page title, the editorial team will probably refer to it as ‘front matter’, the round-up, short cuts, nibs (news in brief) or just ‘that bitty section’.


Top: Illustration by Jason Ford.

Vici MacDonald is a designer, editor and co-founder of Hercules Editions

Read the full version in Eye no. 96 vol. 24, 2018


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