Here’s an argument for Roger Black’s template design in magazines that I found on
POP Photographers on Photography.
JB: The predictability of the grid allows the photography to break free of the expected.
TM: Yes, they use a repeated, somewhat predictable and definite grid and style. You kind of recognize it so the focus goes back to the photography because you know what to expect of the typography. If you’re constantly up and down and all over the place, it becomes why is this photo up here? And then the photography can’t be exciting because it needs to anchor the page. When you have a structure, it becomes about the content and you forget about the design.
Maybe we will start seeing DOP’s on top of the masthead just below the editor.