Communication Arts (magazine)

Communication Arts is the largest international trade journal of visual communications.[1] Founded in 1959 by Richard Coyne and Robert Blanchard, the magazine's coverage includes graphic design, advertising, photography, illustration and interactive media. The magazine continues to be edited and published under the guidance of Coyne's wife Jean and their son Patrick Coyne. Currently, Communication Arts (CA) publishes six issues a year and hosts six creative competitions in graphic design, advertising, photography, illustration, typography and interactive media and two Web sites, and

Communication Arts
Communication Arts logo.svg
Communication Arts Typography Annual 8 cover.jpg
Typography Annual 8 (January-February 2018)
Circulation63,043 [1]
PublisherPatrick Coyne
First issueAugust 1959
CompanyCoyne & Blanchard, Inc.
Based inMenlo Park, CA


The magazine was established in 1959.[2] The first issue debuted in August 1959 as the Journal of Commercial Art.[3] Among a number of innovations, it was the first U.S. magazine printed by offset lithography.[4]

Within six months, paid circulation grew to 10,000. Paid advertising, however, was low and CA was not a financial success. After Blanchard left to go into business by himself, Coyne and a small staff continued to write, design, and produce the magazine. Eventually, paid circulation increased to 38,000.[5]

CA's current audited paid circulation is 63,043[1] and an average of 3.1 people see each issue, giving Communication Arts an estimated reach of 189,129 readers.[6]


To generate additional income and editorial content, the magazine began an annual juried competition in 1960. Within a few years, the annual competition grew, and eventually segmented into four annual competitions: graphic design, advertising, photography, and illustration. A fifth competition, interactive, was added in 1995. All the CA competitions are juried by creative professionals. The judges hand out awards based on creativity and not ROI.

Online presencesEdit

CA was the first major design publication to launch a Web presence (Communication Arts) in 1995.[7] In addition to showcasing creative work in visual communications, it included job listings. The jobs section grew, and was relaunched in 2001 as a standalone website, Creative Hotlist. These two websites receive approximately three million page views and 250,000 unique visitors per month.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Audit Bureau of Circulations Publisher’s Statement 12/07
  2. ^ "14 Essential Magazines for Graphic Designers". Web Designer Depot. January 14, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  3. ^ The Journal of Commercial Art, Vol. 1, #1, August, 1959, Palo Alto, California
  4. ^ “Yesterday in CA”, Communication Arts, Vol. 31, #2
  5. ^ SRDS Publisher’s Sworn Statement, June 30, 1979
  6. ^ Media info Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Archived 2008-03-31 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-17. Retrieved 2008-10-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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