Big Issue 15th year celebrated with redesign

The Big Issue is to undergo a revamp as part of its 15th birthday celebrations.

The magazine has already introduced guest editors, including fashion designer Katherine Hammett, in the run-up to the relaunch. The title, overseen by editor-in-chief John Bird hopes to "realign" its news coverage "to address the problems of contemporary Britain".

The magazine was last redesigned four years ago and the title has said its new look will "move away from contemporary magazine design".

Bird said: "We are going to provide the vendors with a magazine that can also inspire the public. We want to help the vendors sell more copies, to help them progress off the streets."

Bird has formulated plans for a delivery scheme to business and organisation subscribers to the magazine, in a bid to take Big Issue vendors from their casual work selling the titles on the streets and into contractual employment.

A spokeswoman said it would not mean all vendors would disappear from the streets, but that it would be an opportunity to help the magazine reach a broader readership.

The first issue of the revamped Big Issue is on sale on 4 September.

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