Just after the war (I don’t recall when exactly, but perhaps it was in the early days of QuarkXPress), I do recall trying to find good templates for magazines and newspapers. I found none — at least I found none that didn’t resemble something put together by the office Janitor who did the company newsletters in MS Word during his lunch-break.
Though some have been critical, the templates on offer look better than the average magazine or newspaper. Moreover, a well designed template is a good way for less experienced designers to get started, and a great way to become better acquainted with InDesign.
One commenter writes, What a huge setback for designers and magazine makers. Bunkum! Is a template (and remember they can be customized) always the solution? Of course not. They are targeted at a market that needs them. And as for those who complain that all magazines and newspapers will begin to look alike — they already do!
Good designers will continue to design great magazines and newspapers. These templates are another option — one aimed not at the entire market, but at a thin cross-sectional slice.
And better Roger Black than the janitor.