How to F***Up a Perfectly Fine Magazine and Look Good While Trying: 13 Esquire Covers

How to F***Up a Perfectly Fine Magazine and Look Good While Trying: 13 Esquire Covers Wednesday, November 20 at the Helen Mills Theater in NYC, the Society of Publication Designers is presenting its latest Speakeasy, How to F*** Up a Perfectly Fine Magazine and Look Good While Trying: An Evening with David Curcurito, Design Director of Esquire & Friends. Curcurito says of the event, "I want to keep it interactive and loud with lots of swearing." That sounds like our kind of evening! We'll be in the front row.

Curcurito has helmed the visual team at Esquire for over eight years, working with editor David Granger to make it one of the most potent and smartest-looking magazines in the business. Curcurito has a gonzo design style honed at places like The Source and Complex that has given Esquire a wonderful sense of energy, vitality, and engagement.

In addition to Curcurito, Esquire art director Stravinski Pierre and photo director Mike Norseng will also join in to, as Curcurito says "give insight into what it truly takes to give Esquire its unique look and feel."

Leading up to next Wednesday's speakeasy, SPD will be presenting a series of Esquire page designs and images selected from Curcurito & Company's very impressive body of work. We're starting with a baker's dozen of our favorite Esquire covers, designed by David Curcurito over the past eight years.

(Above): September 2008, photograph: Mattias Vriens-McGrath

Wednesday, November 20th
Helen Mills Theater
137-139 West 26th Street (between 6th and 7th)
Doors open at 6:30pm and the presentation starts at 7pm.  

SPD Members: $15 in advance ($20 at the door - CASH ONLY)
General Admission: $30 in advance ( $35 at the door - CASH ONLY)


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  • November 2006.
    November 2006.
  • June 2013. Photograph: Max Vadukul.
    June 2013. Photograph: Max Vadukul.
  • July 2009. Photograph: James White, typography: James Victore.
    July 2009. Photograph: James White, typography: James Victore.
  • December 2006. Photograph: Art Streiber.
    December 2006. Photograph: Art Streiber.
  • April 2012. Photograph: James White.
    April 2012. Photograph: James White.
  • March 2013.
    March 2013.
  • July 2007. Photograph: Marc Horn.
    July 2007. Photograph: Marc Horn.
  • August 2011. Photograph: Nigel Parry.
    August 2011. Photograph: Nigel Parry.
  • November 2007. Photograph: Sheryl Nields.
    November 2007. Photograph: Sheryl Nields.
  • October 2013. Photographs: Mark Mann.
    October 2013. Photographs: Mark Mann.
  • June 2009. Photograph: Greg Williams.
    June 2009. Photograph: Greg Williams.
  • March 2007. Photograph: Greg Williams.
    March 2007. Photograph: Greg Williams.


The Esquire Visual Team:
David Curcurito: Design director
Stravinski Pierre: Art director
Frank Agugliarro: Associate art director
Tito Jones: Senior designer, e-readers
Christa Guerra: Design assistant
Mike Norseng: Photo director
Alison Unterreiner: Photo editor
Deb Wenof: Photo coordinator


  • Not to knock the design itself, but it's interesting that all the women on those 13 covers are scantily-clad and posed suggestively, while the men are fully clothed and posed naturally. Something to keep in mind.

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