The New Republic Cover Retrospective, 2001-12

The New Republic Cover Retrospective, 2001-12 For the past 11 years, Joseph Heroun and Christine Car have been art directing and designing The New Republic. Working remotely from New York City and Boston (TNR has been based in Washington, DC), they redesigned the magazine twice, produced it on a weekly, and since 2007, a bi-weekly schedule, and created a series of powerful, provocative, and distinctive covers, featuring a remarkable line-up of illustrators.

The New Republic recently went through a change of ownership and a move to New York City, and with that they've hired Dirk Barnett as their first full-time, on-site art director. Heroun and Car will be working on The New Republic through the end of the year, while Dirk Barnett cooks up some coolness of his own behind the scenes. It seems like a good time to look back at the amazing body of work created over the past decade by Heroun and Car.

(Above): The New Republic, December 30, 2010. Illustration: Sean McCabe

  • The New Republic, July 1, 2009. Illustration: Stephen Savage
    The New Republic, July 1, 2009. Illustration: Stephen Savage
  • The New Republic, December 2, 2009. Illustration: Robert Hunt
    The New Republic, December 2, 2009. Illustration: Robert Hunt
  • The New Republic, February 17, 2011. Illustration: Guyco
    The New Republic, February 17, 2011. Illustration: Guyco
  • The New Republic, May 24, 2012. Illustration: Keith Negley
    The New Republic, May 24, 2012. Illustration: Keith Negley
  • The New Republic, October 4, 2012. Illustration: Philip Burke
    The New Republic, October 4, 2012. Illustration: Philip Burke
  • The New Republic, February 2, 2012. Illustration: Jason Holley
    The New Republic, February 2, 2012. Illustration: Jason Holley
  • The New Republic, March 24, 2011. Illustration: Edel Rodriguez
    The New Republic, March 24, 2011. Illustration: Edel Rodriguez
  • The New Republic, June 7, 2012. Illustration: Douglas Fraser
    The New Republic, June 7, 2012. Illustration: Douglas Fraser
  • The New Republic, September 23, 2010. Illustration: David Cowles
    The New Republic, September 23, 2010. Illustration: David Cowles
  • The New Republic, November 11, 2010. Illustration: Jim Salvati
    The New Republic, November 11, 2010. Illustration: Jim Salvati
  • The New Republic, December 29, 2011. Illustration: Pablo Lobato
    The New Republic, December 29, 2011. Illustration: Pablo Lobato
  • The New Republic, April 5, 2012. Illustration: Joseph Heroun and Sean McCabe
    The New Republic, April 5, 2012. Illustration: Joseph Heroun and Sean McCabe


It goes without saying that much of what Heroun and Car did at The New Republic has been a labor of love, working with razor thin budgets and equally razor thin deadlines (amazing how those two things often seem to go together!) "We enjoyed a level of trust most art directors can only dream of," says Heroun. "We were able to collaborate with first-rate artists, in part because The New Republic was one of the few magazines to showcase illustration on its cover. And by embracing unpredictability over formula, we amplified the voice of a small brand." Adds Christine Car, "The challenge of art directing The New Republic was always deciding who could hit the right note tonally, who'd be open to taking direction when we had a specific idea to execute (which was often), and who might be available on a crazy short deadline (which was typical). The adventurous spirit of our editors Frank Foer and Richard Just made it possible to aim high."


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