"The Stranger" Cover Archive

One of my favorite online publication site trends is the creation of cover and issue archives. So I was very happy to find that the complete collection of Entertainment Weekly covers is now available on their website as part of a complete issue archive. There are over 1,000 covers, art directed by Michael Grossman, John Korpics, Geraldine Hessler, current DD Brian Anstey, and even a couple years art directed by myself. This is very cool stuff, some amazing photography, and it's fun to see how the EW cover has evolved over the years. It's also a wonderful snapshot of popular culture since 1991.
Even better, The Stranger, the alternative weekly based in Seattle, has posted the last 10 years of their covers. The Stranger covers are like the cool punk version of The New Yorker, with illustrations, photographs and graphic design that are stand-alone visual statements, with lots of attitude and passion. Like The New Yorker, The Stranger covers are the visual voice of the publication, a dialogue each week between the paper and its readers.

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And also like The New Yorker, many of these covers are poster-like, ready for framing. The bulk of the covers posted are by current AD Aaron Huffman, and former ADs Corianton Hale (check out his website for more coolness), Joseph Newton (former deputy AD at Rolling Stone, now CD at Veer and a great illustrator in his own right), Hank Trotter and Dale Yarger. Seattle design maven Art Chantry is the visual godfather and inspiration for much of this, but The Stranger folks have taken Art's style and ideas and gone to a 21st Century place with it. The Stranger is edited by Dan Savage (of Savage Love sex advice column fame), and in addition to great visuals, it's a funny, entertaining, and provocative read, one of the best publications of any type. So after you're done marveling at the covers, be sure to check out the stories as well.
  • G.Glas

    Huge fan of EW. Hats off to your work there. The re-design of the 1001 issue headed by John Korpics was interesting. The evolution of this magazine is truly amazing.

  • Scott Dadich

    Ab.

    Fab.

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