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Cover(s) of the Day: Cosmopolitan

Cover(s) of the Day: Cosmopolitan

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Welcome to SPD's Cover of the Day, a portfolio of brilliant magazine and newspaper covers from around the world.

Cosmopolitan  May 2015 
Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles
Creative Director Theresa Griggs
Photo Director Alix Campbell
Photographer Ellen Von Unwerth

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Cover of the Day: Mother Jones

Cover of the Day: Mother Jones

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Mother Jones  May-June 2015
Cesign Director: Ivylise Simones
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Rodale's Organic Life launches

Rodale's Organic Life launches


SPD Board member Francesca Messina interviewed Chris Gangi on the new launch of Rodale's Organic Life. It debuted on April 14th, and is a reinvention of the 70-year old Rodale brand, Organic Gardening. Here are some thoughts from Chris and Nancy Rouemy (Principal of We Live Type & Design), who helped Chris reshape the magazine's logo.

SPD: What motivated Rodale's decision to re-launch an organic lifestyle brand? They have done an organic magazine previously. Was this a new editorial approach as well as a new design?
 
As we continue to grow and diversify at Rodale, our Chairman and CEO, Maria Rodale, and our President, Scott Schulman, made the decision to reinvent the company's 70-year-old flagship brand Organic Gardening, transforming it into Rodale's Organic Life. Organic Life expands into some new content areas and further taps into consumers' growing interest in healthy living by offering a fresh spin on food, gardening, the home, and wellbeing--an intersection of topics that lie right at the heart of Rodale. And yes, the design is entirely new.

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Art Director Tom Bentkowski Remembers New York Magazine in the 70s

Art Director Tom Bentkowski Remembers New York Magazine in the 70s

Editor's Note: The recent SPD event, For the Love of ...New York Magazine, featured nine former and current design directors and art directors of the magazine. Missing was Tom Bentkowski, who worked as an associate art director in the 1970s under design director Milton Glaser and art director Walter Bernard. For eight months, from June 1977-February 1978, Tom was the New York art director. He was in charge during a period when the magazine was sold, and there were a number of staff changes. Eventually J.C. Suares was hired as design director, and Tom left New York to pursue a very distinguished career at Time Inc, working as the longtime, multi-award winning art director of Life magazine. He continues to design and consult on a myriad of publication projects.

Tom sent us this highly personal and very rich history of his experiences at New York magazine. It's accompanied by a series of covers designed during his time as art director.

(Above): New York, November 14, 1977. Illustration: Ed Sorel.

BY TOM BENTKOWSKI
By now, people might take for granted that the concept and content of New York magazine have always existed, But it was, in its day, a wonderfully fresh and innovative idea. It's longevity is a testament to its intelligence and creativity. The magazine, in its history, not only became the indispensable guide to the difficulties and delights of living in New York, it made an enormous contribution to the world of design and art direction. The ripples and reverberations are felt everywhere.

My own connection with the magazine was, in fact, quite a long one. I happily and gratefully had the most basic, entry-level position during some of the magazine's most exciting times, and I was the art director (for a very short time) through some of the magazine's most turbulent days.
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Cover of the Day: Time

Cover of the Day: Time

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Welcome to SPD's Cover of the Day, a portfolio of brilliant magazine and newspaper covers from around the world.

Time, April 20, 2015
Design Director: D.W. Pine


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SPD@50: For the Love of New York magazine

SPD@50: For the Love of New York magazine

As the countdown begins for our SOLD OUT Speaker Series event celebrating the history of New York magazine, we will be posting some reminiscences from our panelists. Robert Newman continues the series, look for more to come as the excitement builds for this epic event!


As we said, the event is SOLD OUT but a video will be available for purchase after the talk


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You're Invited to SPD's 50th Anniversary Awards Gala

You're Invited to SPD's 50th Anniversary Awards Gala

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