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A Note from SPD

A Note from SPD

Dear SPD Community,

Yesterday I sent this to all the members of SPD, and I wanted to share it with you here too.
 
Although it doesn't seem as though three years have passed, the time has come to bid farewell as President of the Board of Directors. I'm grateful to the entire Board for working together to make SPD the leading community support in our industry. Thanks to the Board's hard work and collaborative efforts, there are quite a number of accomplishments over the past year:
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HashMag: Happy National Coffee Day

HashMag: Happy National Coffee Day

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Our fictional take on covering trending topics. Right now: Happy National Coffee Day


"Daily Coffee" magazine cover by Greg Grabowy; Ziggurat font by Hoefler+Frere-Jones.


Cover lines by: @SophTWJonatic, @lindaahsayshii, @TheDailySydney, @ABugNamedJun, @TeamFloBGC, @MCRmy_SEngland, @Megan_Izod




Fairchild Fashion Media:

Fairchild Fashion Media: "Smart, chic, and all business"

The Fairchild Fashion Media magazine group, the collection of fashion trade magazines published by Conde Nast, has undergone a major metamorphosis, thanks to creative director Nancy Butkus and editorial director Peter Kaplan. Butkus took over the creative helm of the group in October 2010, soon after Kaplan started. She has since led the redesign of five magazines as well as the relaunch of WWD. Butkus describes the look of the magazines as "smart, chic, and all business." It's the third collaboration for Butkus and Kaplan, who worked together at Manhattan Inc. in the 1980s and at The New York Observer in the 2000s.

All of the Fairchild Fashion Media magazines are oversized, 10" x 12" and have varying publication frequencies. Beauty Inc was relaunched in February, targeted to the cosmetics and fragrance industry. Menswear, launched in 2010, is a hybrid called B to C (Business to Consumer) and is sold on newsstands. It features industry insider news, fashion and style features, interviews and profiles. FN, formerly called Footwear News, is weekly, and was relaunched over the summer. The new design of WWD debuted in January, with two new sections, Style, which appears daily, and Men'sweek, which appears every Thursday.

(Above): FN, August 22, 2011. Photograph: Brian Klutch, art director: Elizabeth Slott.
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HashMag: #DearOOMF

HashMag: #DearOOMF

HashMag_Icon2-thumb-100x142.jpgOur fictional take on covering trending topics. Right now: #DearOOMF (One of My Followers)

"Dear OOMF" magazine cover by: Greg Grabowy
Cover of the Day, September 28, 2011

Cover of the Day, September 28, 2011

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Welcome to The SPD Cover of the Day. We'll be posting our favorite covers every Monday and Wednesday. Stay tuned for the best and coolest magazine and newspaper covers, as selected by our stellar group of experts.


GreenSource, September/October 2011
Art Director: Matthew Guemple
Senior Group Art Director: Francesca Messina
Illustrator: Jessica Fortner
Classic Art Department Mastheads #2: Men's Journal, October 1996

Classic Art Department Mastheads #2: Men's Journal, October 1996

For the second in our series of great art department mastheads, we're highlighting the genius cluster of people who worked at Men's Journal during the time of their October 1996 issue. Men's Journal was still published in its oversize format, a lively, elegant, great-looking magazine, filled with visual pleasures. Under the direction of art director David Armario, the magazine seamlessly fused refined typography, beautiful, bold photography, and a highly sophisticated approach to page design. Thanks to everyone from Men's Journal who so kindly contributed their remembrances of the magazine and their co-workers.

Magazine: Men's Journal, October 1996.
David Armario: Art director
Denise Sfraga: Photo editor
Tom Brown: Deputy art director
Kim Gougenheim: Associate photo editor
Dirk Barnett: Designer
Eva Spring: Art assistant
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Cover of the Day, September 26, 2011

Cover of the Day, September 26, 2011

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Welcome to The SPD Cover of the Day. We'll be posting our favorite covers every Monday and Wednesday. Stay tuned for the best and coolest magazine and newspaper covers, as selected by our stellar group of experts.


Essence, October 2011
Creative Director: Greg Monfries
Photographer: Kwaku Alston
Photo Editor: Rebecca Karamehmedovic
Cover of the Day, September 23, 2011

Cover of the Day, September 23, 2011

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Welcome to The SPD Cover of the Day. We'll be posting our favorite covers every Monday and Wednesday. Stay tuned for the best and coolest magazine and newspaper covers, as selected by our stellar group of experts.


Riverfront Times, September 22, 2011
Art Director: Tom Carlson
Illustration: Tim Lane

Fast Company's United States of Design Cover Challenge

Fast Company's October issue (and stand-alone app) is dedicated to their Masters of Design package, and features four special cover designs commissioned around the idea of "The United States of Design." Creative Director Florian Bachleda tells us more:
The theme for this year's annual "Masters of Design" issue was to focus on American Design, and one of the ideas was to commission select graphic designers to execute a Fast Company cover, with the subject and coverline being "The United States of Design". The only criteria for selecting the designers was that they weren't currently working at a magazine. You don't often get a chance to reach out to people like Paula Scher, Gail Anderson, and Carin Goldberg, but this seemed like a perfect project for three Hall of Fame designers. But we then also wanted at least one more of an alternative selection, someone who was not a designer. I've always been a huge fan of the commix work of Jayr Pulga. He's one of the original RAW Commix contributors, and wildly under-appreciated in my humble opinion. Jayr's beautiful drawing was a perfect compliment to the wonderful (and very different) designs that Carin, Gail and Paula did, and I hope people enjoy all four of them.
See all four covers after the jump...
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Cover of the Day, September 21, 2011

Cover of the Day, September 21, 2011

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Welcome to The SPD Cover of the Day. We'll be posting our favorite covers every Monday and Wednesday. Stay tuned for the best and coolest magazine and newspaper covers, as selected by our stellar group of experts.

Reader's Digest, October 2011
Art Director: Dean Abatemarco
Photo Director: Bill Black
Photograph: Dan Borris
Creative Director: Robert Newman





(Above): The animated Reader's Digest iPad app cover, featuring 
a gallery of dogs who do yoga.

See the split run Reader's Digest cover distributed to military bases and families after the turn.


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Cover of the Day, September 19, 2011

Cover of the Day, September 19, 2011

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Welcome to The SPD Cover of the Day. We'll be posting our favorite covers every Monday and Wednesday. Stay tuned for the best and coolest magazine and newspaper covers, as selected by our stellar group of experts.

Washingtonian, October 2011
Design Director: Michael Goesele
Set Design: Vault49

Update after the jump...
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Cover of the Day, September 16, 2011

Cover of the Day, September 16, 2011

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Welcome to The SPD Cover of the Day. We'll be posting our favorite covers every Monday and Wednesday and occasional others when the covers strike us. Stay tuned for the best and coolest magazine and newspaper covers, as selected by our stellar group of experts.

The Hollywood Reporter, September 23, 2011
Creative Director: Shanti Marlar
Photo Director: Jennifer Laski
Photographer: Anya Chibis on September 10 at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Toronto

See the rest of the split-run covers in the Emmys special issue, featuring iconic actors from each decade from the '70s on, after the jump...
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Fast News for September 15, 2011

Fast News for September 15, 2011

SPD MEDIA MIX is our regular list of publication design, digital, and media news and updates. Please send your links and news items to SPD at mail@spd.org and we'll add them to the Mix.

>> Custom Sports: The Sporting News is serious about not looking like just another print magazine app. At the first load of its new iPad app Sporting News for iPad asks the users to fully personalize the experience with their favorite team news as well as local TV listings for programming. The resulting front page of headlines conforms to your preferences as does a nearby "what to watch" page, which lists your local sport programming and even teases out the air times for games involving your favorite teams.

>> Print Redux (1x): The August issue of Print magazine was given a one-off makeover by London agency Spin, the highlight of which was this cover. See more of the issue here.

>> More 9/11: Remarkable daily newspaper front pages commemorating 9/11, via Charles Apple. Smart, original, powerful...this is must viewing (and reading)...
John Kascht iPad App:

John Kascht iPad App: "cutting edge meets old school"

Above & Beyond: John Kascht is the latest iPad app from Joe Zeff Design, featuring the well-known illustrator and his caricatures of celebrities and political figures. In the spirit of JZD's other storytelling apps -- Time's 9/11 anniversary, Above & Beyond: George Steinmetz and The Final Hours of Portal 2 -- Above & Beyond: John Kascht goes beyond the artist's work to present a compelling story about Kascht himself with multimedia content that helps the audience better understand and appreciate what makes each drawing unique. … MORE
Cover of the Day, September 12, 2011

Cover of the Day, September 12, 2011

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Welcome to The SPD Cover of the Day. We'll be posting our favorite covers every Monday and Wednesday. Stay tuned for the best and coolest magazine and newspaper covers, as selected by our stellar group of experts.


The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, September 11, 2011
Illustrator: Andrea Levy

Thanks to Charles Apple for the tip.
TIME's Multimedia 9/11 Special: In Print, Digital, and TV

TIME's Multimedia 9/11 Special: In Print, Digital, and TV

TIME magazine, like many others, has a special issue focusing on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 this week. More than any other magazine, though, TIME has dedicated not just the issue, but a special version of their iPad app, documentaries airing on HBO, CNN and other stations, and a hardcover book comprised of the interviews and photographs featured in the issue. From Editor Richard Stengel's letter opening the issue:
TIME has devoted nearly 100 covers to the events that came out of that fateful morning -- from the hunt for Osama bin Laden to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, from the anthrax scares to the controversies over Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, and ultimately to the rebuilding of the American spirit at home. As the 10th anniversary approached, we wanted to reflect on not just the memory of that day but also the defining moments of the 9/11 era.
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Cover of the Day, September 7, 2011

Cover of the Day, September 7, 2011

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Welcome to The SPD Cover of the Day. We'll be posting our favorite covers every Monday and Wednesday. Stay tuned for the best and coolest magazine and newspaper covers, as selected by our stellar group of experts.

Vogue UK, October 2011
Photographer: Solve Sundsbo
Creative Director: Robin Derrick
Fashion Editor: Kate Phelan
9/11 Covers, Part 3: 2011

9/11 Covers, Part 3: 2011

To note the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, SPD will be posting a series of collections of magazine covers published around the event. This third set are covers published in 2011 for the 10th anniversary of the attacks. If you've got additional covers (from 2001 to 2011), please let us know and we'll add them to the mix.

(Above): New York, September 5, 2012. Design director: Chris Dixon, photo director: Jody Quon, photograph: David Surowiecki/Getty Images.
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Fast News for September 6, 2011

Fast News for September 6, 2011

SPD MEDIA MIX is our regular list of publication design, digital, and media news and updates. Please send your links and news items to SPD at mail@spd.org and we'll add them to the Mix.

>> Style Files in October: Style.com will unveil its long-awaited print edition in late October, shortly after the spring runway shows. Publisher Fairchild considers it a natural extension of the brand. Former Nylon and Teen Vogue CD--and most recently VP/Advertising at Barney's--Lina Kutsovskaya will serve as creative director.

>> Maxim's iPad Fail: Maxim HD, an iPad-specific version of the print 'lad' magazine, has announced its end, less than a year after launch. Plans exist for a replacement (on the Mag+ platform) to launch "soon," but since it was discontinued with the magazine's June issue--and without a replacement--means it could not have been a bestseller.

>> Fascist Filching: On her design blog Brain Pickings, curator Maria Popova busts a Polish magazine's blatant thievery of Israeli illustrator Noma Bar's wonderful Adolph Hitler portrait.
9/11 Covers, Part 2: 2002 and 2006

9/11 Covers, Part 2: 2002 and 2006

To note the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, SPD will be posting a series of collections of magazine covers published around the event. This second batch is covers published in 2002 and 2006, on the six month, year, and five year anniversaries. If you've got additional covers from that time (or from later years), please let us know and we'll add them to the mix.

(Above): The New Yorker, September 11, 2006. Illustrator: Owen Smith, art director: Francoise Mouly.
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Run, Sarah. Run!

Run, Sarah. Run!

With the next GOP Debate set for September 7th, Momma Grizzly (and former Alaska governor) Sarah Palin is keeping everyone guessing about whether or not she's going to claw her way into the race for the Republican Presidential nomination. Former Bush "brain" Karl Rove says she is going to declare for the race on September 3rd at a Tea Party rally.

While we're still not sure what newspapers and magazines she reguarly reads, we here at SPD say "Run, Sarah, Run!" Every magazine cover that she appears on creates controversy, and whenever we post a Sarah Palin item on the SPD site, traffic goes through the roof. So we think it's in the best interests of art directors everywhere that Sarah Palin run for President (please note that we said "run," not "win.") There won't be nearly as much fun graphic appeal in covers featuring Mitt Romney or Rick Perry (let alone Jon Huntsman), although, so far Michele Bachmann is proving to have some seriously fun(ny) cover potential. And unfortunately no editor would let any of us near what makes Rick Santorum a great cover subject.

Here's a look back at some notable Palin magazine covers from the past three years.
--Josh Klenert & Robert Newman
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