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Cover of the Day: Popular Science

Cover of the Day: Popular Science


coverofthedayicon-thumb-55x78-19105-thumb-53x75-19107-thumb-50x70-19108-1.jpgWelcome to SPD's Cover of the Day, a portfolio of brilliant magazine and newspaper covers from around the world.

Popular Science May 2014 
Design DirectorTodd Detwiler
Photography Director: Thom Payne
Photographer: F. Scott Schaffer

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Popular Science recreated this classic Norman Rockwell cover from the 1920s with Nick Offerman standing in for the puzzled inventor. 

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Are Magazine Apps Dead?

Are Magazine Apps Dead?

Are iPad apps dead, or do they still have a bright future? This debate has been raging among app creators for some time, especially in the magazine-making world. Robert Newman has gathered some top app mavens for an online roundtable discussion of the current state of the art: Mario Garcia (Garcia Media), David Jacobs (29th Street Publishing), Josh Klenert (former CD of the Huffington magazine app), Jeremy Leslie (magCulture), and Joe Zeff (Joe Zeff Design). They've collected lots of smart thoughts on the Newmanology blog about the viability of apps, the impact and quality of Adobe DPS, why readers have failed to embrace digital magazines, and whether there's a future for art directors in creating them.

This is essential reading for anyone currently working in app creation and design or who is interested in the future of magazine publishing. On the follow page we've got some good excerpts from the app roundtable, and you can read the entire article here.


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Magazine of the Year Finalist #4: The New York Times Magazine

Magazine of the Year Finalist #4: The New York Times Magazine

SPD49-icon-2_100.pngOn Friday, May 2, at the SPD Gala, we'll be announcing the winner of this year's Magazine of the Year. Over the next two weeks we'll be running previews of each finalist, building up to the big celebration. Be sure to check in every day to see the best magazine design work of the past year, and be sure to follow @SPDtweets on Twitter with #SPD49.

The fourth of the five finalists for Magazine of the Year is The New York Times Magazine, design director: Arem Duplessis. MORE
Cover of the Day: Field & Stream

Cover of the Day: Field & Stream

coverofthedayicon-thumb-55x78-19105-thumb-53x75-19107-thumb-50x70-19108-1.jpgWelcome to SPD's Cover of the Day, a portfolio of brilliant magazine and newspaper covers from around the world.

Field & Stream May 2014 
Design Director: Sean Johnston
Photography Director: John Toolan
Photographer: Art Streiber
Deputy Art Director: Pete Sucheski
Associate Art Directors: Russ Smith, James A. Walsh
Editor-in-Chief: Anthony Licata

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Magazine of the Year Finalist #3: New York

Magazine of the Year Finalist #3: New York

SPD49-icon-2_100.pngOn Friday, May 2, at the SPD Gala, we'll be announcing the winner of this year's Magazine of the Year. Over the next two weeks we'll be running previews of each finalist, building up to the big celebration. Be sure to check in every day to see the best magazine design work of the past year, and be sure to follow @SPDtweets on Twitter with #SPD49.

The third of the five finalists for Magazine of the Year is New York, design director: Thomas Alberty. MORE
Magazine of the Year Finalist #2: Bon Appetit

Magazine of the Year Finalist #2: Bon Appetit

SPD49-icon-2_100.pngOn Friday, May 2, at the SPD Gala, we'll be announcing the winner of this year's Magazine of the Year. Over the next two weeks we'll be running previews of each finalist, building up to the big celebration. Be sure to check in every day to see the best magazine design work of the past year, and be sure to follow @SPDtweets on Twitter with #SPD49.

The second of the five finalists for Magazine of the Year is Bon Appetit, creative director: Alex Grossman. MORE
Cover of the Day: Rolling Stone
Cover of the Day: Rolling Stone
Welcome to SPD's Cover of the Day, a portfolio of brilliant magazine and newspaper covers from around the world.Rolling Stone  April... ...More
Magazine of the Year Finalist #1: Achtung
Magazine of the Year Finalist #1: Achtung
On Friday, May 2, at the SPD Gala, we'll be announcing the winner of this year's Magazine of the Year.... ...More
Bloomberg Businessweek Goes Inside the Font World's $20 Million Divorce
Bloomberg Businessweek Goes Inside the Font World's $20 Million Divorce
Time for a coffee break, everyone, and your Wednesday longread: Bloomberg Businessweek has published the most detailed yet coverage about... ...More
Student Portfolio Reviews on Wednesday: Last Chance!
Student Portfolio Reviews on Wednesday: Last Chance!
If you're a student who's looking for magazine design internships or about to graduate and applying for jobs, there is... ...More
101 Kick-Ass Music Covers
101 Kick-Ass Music Covers
The new issue of Adweek magazine features the remarkable spread pictured below: 101 magazines with musicians on the cover. Compiled... ...More