As for white out of black, yes, it's a thorny old problem. I hope most of you would agree that it isn't something we do all the time. But when you have photos shot on a black background, such as those of the C11 and the Noble in the new issue, it is justified - as long as the words can be read. On the proofs we had no problem with legibility and thought the pages looked terrific, but it is hugely frustrating that some copy is out of register in the C11 feature. Believe me, we'll be raising that with the printers.
Sorry Damien, it's brave of you to come on here to respond to criticism, mostly to good effect, but as far as the white out of black thing is concerned, yours is a style over substance "Never mind the quality" defence. Any printer would tell you that this problem is inevitable at some point in a print run with a page like that one in the C11 article, there's just no way of avoiding it. I don't know how representative my copy is, but no-one I've shown it to can read it, even 10 and 12 year olds with perfect eyesight, and even if the printing had been perfect, it would still have been uncomfortable to read, so there's just no excuse for inflicting a page like that on the MS readership, and believe me, in twenty or thirty years time if not sooner, you'll be agreeing with us.
A great magazine of course, apart from that one page.