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ntelligence in Lifestyle or IL is a relatively young Italian magazine about contemporary passions and consumptions. It premiered in September of 2008, and like T Magazine, the style supplement of The New York Times, IL is the supplement to the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 ORE. The design takes inspiration from Swiss formalism, fashion magazines, and popular Italian & Northern European periodicals from the 70s. As for the content, I only wish I could read Italian. For now, I’ll just pore over the layout, typography, and infographics—oh my, the infographics—I’m a huge fan of Feltron—but egad, these ones are amazing.

Francesco Franchi, one of the art directors for IL, archives all the covers and various interiors on his Flickr feed, and you can view them in much higher resolutions. I couldn’t quite figure out the serif font used throughout the magazine, and Francesco was kind enough to identify it for me: Publico, released under the foundry Commercial Type and designed by Paul Barnes, Christian Schwartz, Kai Bernau, and Ross Milne. It’s sexy and elegant and not nearly as ubiquitous as say, Helvetica or more recently, Archer.

Other things I love about IL:

  • Cover design consistency
  • The cutout of the IL logotype on the cover
  • The perfect combination of serif and sans serif type
  • The use of color as part of a theme, complementary to the content

I just want to dismantle the whole thing and hang the pages up as framed art.

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April 21, 2010

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    Wow. This is amazing because they make it work so well. There are quite a lot of disciplines going on at once here, and yet it’s fluid.
    Man I really wish I could read Italian right now.

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    Drew

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    April 21, 2010

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    Wow. Just plain WOW! The layouts from these guys are amazing. Just the front cover lock-up is worth drooling over, but the rest of the designs (can you really call them pages) are equally gorgeous. Absolutely phenomenal!

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    @Thinkstock

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    June 3, 2010

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    interessantissima rassegna sul mondo di oggi…
    splendide immagini,bellissime.

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    nellina laganà

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    July 25, 2010

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    I stumbled across your site, and think it’s fantastic, keep posting!

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    Polska

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    August 3, 2010

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    I’m at a loss for words. Truly the best design directoin I’ve seen in years.

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    Gavin

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    August 22, 2010

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    Hello,
    I would like to receive your monthly magazine. How can I do ?
    Thank you for your response,
    Fiona

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    Fiona Amitrano

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    “…egad, these ones are amazing.”

    Indeed!

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    Mediumjones

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    October 4, 2010

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    Unlike anything out there ! una rivista creativamente unica della cultura!

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    Meral Guler

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    I know since the first number that this magazine could be a miliar stone in magazine layout. Well done Francesco Franchi!

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    Anybody knows where to get/buy IL magazine? Any web?

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    Messieh

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    May 24, 2011

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    Putin = devil

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    Игорь

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    July 6, 2011

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    wow, this work is breathtaking. simply stunning.

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    charles

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    May 16, 2012

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    Hey thereThis is really nice writingI was wondering if i could promote your this article to my site only if you allow

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    March 30, 2013

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