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Entertainment Weekly. The Covers, Part 3: John Korpics

Entertainment Weekly. The Covers, Part 3: John Korpics

-1.jpgOn September 30 at the SVA Theater in NYC, every design director from Entertainment Weekly's 25 year history will gather for an historic event, For the Love of Enterainment Weekly. The evening is part of SPD's 50th anniversary celebration, as well as an advance notice of EW's 25th anniversary, which is February 16, 2015.

Former EW design directors Michael Grossman, Robert Newman, John Korpics, Geraldine Hessler, Brian Anstey, Kory Kennedy, and Tim Leong will show their work and give an inside look at the magazine's creation. There will also be a special tribute to former DD Amid Capeci.

As a lead up to the event, SPD will be showcasing the cover pages of each design director. Here are the EW covers of the magazine's third design director, John Korpics, along with some fun behind-the-scenes comments from John about how they came together. These 13 covers date from the years 1996-1999.

(Left): Howard Stern, March 7, 1997. Photograph by Jill Greenberg.


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SPD's 50th Anniversary Speaker Series kicks off with a panel discussion with the innovators from one of the industry's most-beloved publications, Entertainment Weekly.   Tickets are selling so fast that we've had to move the event to the SVA THEATER (333 w 23rd st)  Tickets are sure to go quickly, so get yours today!


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Entertainment Weekly. The Covers, Part 2: Robert Newman

Entertainment Weekly. The Covers, Part 2: Robert Newman

-1.jpgOn September 30 at the SVA Theater in NYC, every design director from Entertainment Weekly's 25 year history will gather for an historic event, For the Love of Enterainment Weekly. The evening is part of SPD's 50th anniversary celebration, as well as an advance notice of EW's 25th anniversary, which is February 16, 2015.

Former EW design directors Michael Grossman, Robert Newman, John Korpics, Geraldine Hessler, Brian Anstey, Kory Kennedy, and Tim Leong will show their work and give an inside look at the magazine's creation. There will also be a special tribute to former DD Amid Capeci.

As a lead up to the event, SPD will be showcasing the cover pages of each design director. Here are the EW covers of the magazine's second design director, Robert Newman (that's me!) from the years 1994-96. The photography directors for these covers were Mary Dunn and Doris Brautigan.

(Cover left): April 22, 1994, published after the death of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain.
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From the SPD Archives: Time Magazine Covers, 1977

From the SPD Archives: Time Magazine Covers, 1977

Time, July 4, 1977 
Art Director: Walter Bernard; Designer: Seymour Chwast; Illustrator: Seymour Chwast

-1.jpgTime was redesigned by Walter Bernard in 1977. Eight covers from that year appear in the SPD13 annual, including the July 4, 1977 issue (pictured above) which debuted the new logo designed by Walter. He was kind enough to share some insights and memories about the making of these covers and his time at Time.

Prior to Time, Walter had been at New York magazine for nine years; he left in January 1977 when it was purchased by Rupert Murdoch. Shortly thereafter, Time contacted Walter and offered him the position of Art Director. Walter says, "I told them no, because I didn't like the way the magazine looked." Time wasn't the kind of place to take no for an answer! Walter explains, "In February, I started a secret redesign that was to be presented in April or May. If they accepted it, I would become Art Director. If they didn't accept it, no one would ever know about it." 

Needless to say, Time accepted. However, Walter did not become Art Director until July. "That first cover was done before I actually started, and it had to be done quickly, even by Time standards." Walter had been working with Seymour Chwast at the time and hired him to do the illustration. The redesign of interior pages was implemented in August, and Walter stayed on as Art Director for three years.  
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Entertainment Weekly. The Covers, Part 1: Michael Grossman

Entertainment Weekly. The Covers, Part 1: Michael Grossman

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On September 30 at the SVA Theater in NYC, every design director from Entertainment Weekly's 25 year history will gather for an historic event, For the Love of Enterainment Weekly. The evening is part of SPD's 50th anniversary celebration, as well as an advance notice of EW's 25th anniversary, which is February 16, 2015.

Former EW design directors Michael Grossman, Robert Newman, John Korpics, Geraldine Hessler, Brian Anstey, Kory Kennedy, and Tim Leong will show their work and give an inside look at the magazine's creation. There will also be a special tribute to former DD Amid Capeci.

As a lead up to the event, SPD will be showcasing the cover pages of each design director. Here are the EW covers of the magazine's first design director, Michael Grossman (and, he hastens to add, art director Mark Michaelson) from the years 1990-94. The photography directors for most of these covers were Mary Dunn and Doris Brautigan.

(Cover shown: Arsenio Hall, April 27, 1992)
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Leo Jung and Jacqueline Bates join new startup The California Sunday Magazine

Leo Jung and Jacqueline Bates join new startup The California Sunday Magazine


On Sunday October 5, more than 400,000 subscribers to the San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee and Los Angeles Times will find something new within the bundle on their doorstep: The California Sunday Magazine, a startup devised by freelancer Douglas McGray and Federated Media co-founder Chas Edwards. McGray and Edwards' impressive editorial team includes: creative director Leo Jung, formerly the design director at Wired and deputy art director at the New York Times Magazine, and photography director Jacqueline Bates, previously the senior photo editor of W magazine. She also worked in the photo departments of ELLE, Interview, and Wired.

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Bruce Perez named Photo Director at Dr. Oz The Good Life
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From the Student Competition Archives: The Inaugural Year of 1994
From the Student Competition Archives: The Inaugural Year of 1994
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Cover of the Day: Time, September 22, 2014

Cover of the Day: Time, September 22, 2014

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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 Magazine  September 1, 2014
Design Director: D.W. Pine
TIME Photo Illustration. Hand: Milos Luzanin-Alamy
 
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Want to submit your cover to be considered for our Cover of the Day? Send us a jpeg of your cover with credit info to SPDsubmissions@gmail.com

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