Stop worrying about stealing
When you look at other magazines, steal some ideas! Don’t feel guilty, and be flattered if another publication steals from you. There’s no harm in imitation. Neither of us has ever worked on a daily paper, travel magazine, or fashion publication, but we’ve stolen design treatments, story ideas, and even seemingly unimportant, small graphic elements from all of them. The key is to take the idea and make it your own. Adapt it to fit your tone, design style, and audience. Make it work for you. By doing so, you’ve effectively re-appropriated the idea — not just stolen it. There, feel better?