New York Magazine has a lot of little ‘pieces of furniture.’ Some of the things differ per issue, like the section tops labeling each different section. But other things remain the same, like arrows, boxes, and squares.
The boxes & lines are all over the publication. They vary in style, weight, placement, and function. Most of the time, they highlight a pull quote, caption, or separate sections of each article. At the end of the main features (like the first picture) they trail cross each page ending the article.
The thin boxes/lines are used for more infographic- themed portions of the magazine. Used with either the exact product picture or an illustration.
These arrows are everywhere on the issues. In different sizes and colors, they are used to start a section, right after a dek or a subhead. The different colors depending on the tone of the story, and further in the issue. The major stories, with hed’s on the cover have bigger thicker weighted arrows – way more prominent. The smaller arrows indicate the shorter formed stories.
These truly differ per issue, as I have not seen these specific section separators in other issues. I think the black heavier corners are for the Guidebook section, which was a large story on the cover. As per the white background one for The Cut, which is featured in every issue, sometimes uses this corner style and other times it is written across the top as the title of a book in the pages within. The weight proves this is a fun, sophisticated section, but it isnt as ‘important’ as the NYC guidebook.
When it comes squares– these are at the end of every feature on every issue. It is the one thing in the magazine that I have seen remains constant. Signifies the article is done. If it continues on a further page, parenthesis with teh next page number is placed.
Lastly is these little lines/ arrows/dots. Used in several issues for infographic purposes, In different weights, shapes, colors, and reasoning, these arrows and lines definitely add a little bit more personality to the magazine. Most of the issues are mainly focused on serious things, but the reader can see these sorts of placements and furniture succeed at lightening the mood of the issues, conveniently separating serious articles with fun ones.