I went back to my parents for Christmas and an unexpected delight was to find – stacked tidily in the corner of my bedroom – a pile of ‘Eureka’, The Times’ monthly supplement about Science. Life. The Planet.
It launched in autumn 2009, and amid rumours of abundant infographics, exciting editorial design and content dedicated to science – all factors which have played an integral part in my background – I needed to get hold of a copy.
Unsure of the exact launch date but knowing my parents read The Times, I’d asked them to look out for, and put aside, the first issue for me. Little did I realise they were still doing it. (I did visit home on many other occasions between autumn 2009 and last Christmas I hasten to add, it’s just the magazines must have been accumulating somewhere out of my line of vision until recently!)
I like it for lots of reasons, but why I mention it here is because of its design. If you want a good example of editorial design, this is one. It has pace, character and confidence. It’s original, playful and surprising. And while I have a bias to any publication that champions infographics, Eureka is better than others being a showcase of how to integrate them both into the page and the flow of the whole publication whether they fill a whole spread or just add a small illustrated detail. It all hangs together as one beautiful, successful, flowing, coherent, whole. This is tough to achieve and a rare pleasure. (And the more frequent lack of it is a pet annoyance of mine).
You can see some of their work in the first issue here, though now it’s behind the paywall. It’s published on the first Thursday of every month.
I believe the original team were design editor Jon Hill, art director Matt Curtis, deputy design editor Matt Brown, graphics by Matt Swift and designer/illustrator David Lowe.