The New York Times Mag Labs special editions

Category: Editorial Design; Entered by: The New York Times Magazine

With its focus on innovation in print, the New York Times has a special department, New York Times Mag Labs, which was formed in 2016 to periodically produce visually driven, print-only broadsheet sections. 

In 2020, the paper published five of these sections in its Sunday editions to surprise and delight readers. The topics covered in the special editions were varied, including excerpts from new novels by Elena Ferrante and James McBride, and a series of puzzles and brainteasers, but all were unified by a powerful visual approach.

Studio: The New York
Times Magazine Labs
Design Director: Deb Bishop
Creative Director: Gail Bichler
Designers: Deb Bishop, Najeebah Al-Ghadban, Mia Meredith
Illustrators: Martha Rich, Giacomo Gambineri, Kensuke Koike, Hudson Christie
Photo Illustration: Cristiana Couceiro
Creative Director: Gail Bichler