This design reminds me of a magazine, which it what it is for. I like that they manage to maintain the magazine look without shoving a bunch of colors and text into your face. Though I do think that they could have avoided designing in the gutter.
Layout ideas - Designed by Jake Hill. I am inspired by the angled cropping of the images. It creates great eye movement, and visual interest. There's a great balance of negative and positive space throughout the layouts.
Designing across the fold, specifically no. 3 is cool. But, it might be difficult for tablet format. --- Frankie - I love this layout, its a great, detailed black and white set up without loosing the texture of the content!