Icon magazine is a “major new international design and architecture magazine.”
They offer their back issues for free in pdf format. You can also purchase the printed versions of their back issues. When I have some downtime, I may make pdfs of all the back issues.
I prefer having pdfs of magazines versus the printed version. Sure it’s nice having the big glossy photos from a magazine, but it’s especially nice having a pdf archive of articles because they take up minimal space. A year’s print subscription to a magazine can start taking up a fair amount of space.
If your pdfs are stored on your hard drive, you can easily index the folder containing the pdfs. That way any content in the pdf can be searchable. It’s like having a mini-library on your hard drive. There’s also software out there that lets you index the content of your cds or dvds if you prefer to keep the pdfs on discs.