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Michael recently left his post at Washingtonian to move on to other projects, and SPD asked him to select 10 of his favorite covers.
"These covers reflect our desire to make our readers smile and get excited," says Michael. "We wanted to surprise them every month when they reached into their mailboxes or walked by the newsstand."
You can see much more of Michael's cool work at Washingtonian on his website.
(Above): Washingtonian, February 2012. Photo-illustration: Jesse Lenz.
Edel Rodriguez defended the cover and his illustration in interviews with PBS and the Huffington Post. He explained it perfectly to The Huffington Post:
"I wanted to depict the harassment that women suffer. How the harassment can be unexpected and come out of nowhere. To show that frozen moment of shock, when a woman is just going about their life at work and something like this happens. I wanted to have the viewer see that moment when they look on a newsstand, and to be shocked themselves. Then be compelled to pick up the magazine and read the story behind the cover. These harassers have spent much of their lives behind a computer, seeing women as objects. I wanted them to be confronted with their stupidity as well. Hopefully by seeing it there, frozen in time, they could come to terms with what they are doing."
Flavorwire weighed in and said, "Stop Freaking Out About Newsweek's Silicon Valley Cover and Read the Story." Their writer commented that "the cover was an extremely accurate representation of the content" that "did its job."
To put this controversy into context, we've asked for thoughts from former Time magazine art director Arthur Hochstein, and have collected a gallery of eight other Newsweek covers illustrated by Edel over the past few years. Edel (who was a longtime cover art director for Time International) has collected some of his interviews on the subject on his Drawger page.
(Above): Newsweek, February 6, 2015. Illustration: Edel Rodriguez, art director: Grace Lee
Cover of the Day 10.03.14
Art Director: Sarah Gephart
Director of Photography: Luise Stauss and Ayanna Quint
Photographer: Richard Bailey
Cover of the Day 08.22.14
Dunham: This is the last cover of the year. It was supposed to be our annual year end issue called "The Best and Worst of 2012": a big fun entire issue dedicated to mirth and escape. But last Friday there was no escaping the brutal horror and heartbreak of the senseless loss of a staggering number of our babies and loved ones, as it became instantly clear each victim was one of our own families in our hearts and will remain so forever. Therefore the editors of People and myself as Design Director, with heavy hearts but with all genuine good intention, made our cover story a mourning but celebration of the lives each of the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary. We hope that those of you who trust our integrity will get past the grief you'll feel at the sight of these innocent young faces, and read our very moving portraits of survivors, extraordinary heroism, unfathomable heartbreak and the beautiful lives they led. We wont forget them. I certainly won't be able to."
Photography Director: Lisa Berman
Managing Photography Director: Sarah Czeladnicki
Photo Editor: Michele Romero
Imaging: Daniel Thompson
Managing Editor: Jess Cagle
Photographer: Frank Ockenfels 3
Entertainment Weekly has cut loose 4 collectible covers for the new season of The Walking Dead (appearing on newsstand and your tablet). see the full set after the jump...
"We had a cover that captured lightning in a bottle," said Richard Stengel, managing editor of Time. "It's obviously a story that hit a nerve."A Time spokeswoman said the breast-feeding cover was its best-selling issue this year, and Time doubled the number of subscriptions typically ordered in a week.Taking their cues from digital counterparts, magazines are as interested in hitting nerves on social media as on the newsstand. The Time cover left an even more impressive mark online. On the day after the cover appeared, terms related to the cover were four out of the top five searches on Google. In the eight days after its publication, the cover was mentioned over 50,000 times on Twitter, and the magazine's Twitter followers spiked. Time also received 43,000 likes on Facebook.
CO-WRITTEN WITH SAM KUO
Open Skies, October 2011
Designer/illustrator: Mitch Blunt
Editor: Conor Purcell
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.
What do YOU think?
Above: Newsweek, July 4 & 11, 2011; Creative Director, Dirk Barnett, Director of Photography, Scott Hall, Photography, R. Mutt Studios (Michael Elins)
PIN-UP, Issue 10, spring/summer 2011
Creative Director: Felix Burrichter
Design Director: Dylan Fracareta
Photographers: Derek Galon and Margret Gajek
U+Me, June 3, 2011
Creative Directors: Nancy Campbell and Trevett McCandliss
Director of Photography: Laurie Kratochvil
We'll be posting new covers as they appear. Please send us any that we've missed.
(Above): The New Yorker, illustrator: Gurbuz Dogan Eksioglu.
Il Sole 24 Ore, April 10, 2011
Creative Direction: Luca Pitoni, Adriano Attus
Illustration: Adriano Attus
Biemans has been the art director since 2004. He is also the art director of the Dutch monthly Hollands Diep, and is the creative force behind Coverjunkie.com, a website with an amazing collection of contemporary and archival magazine covers.
Thanks to Ron Reason, whose blog has a good interview with Biemans along with many great Intermediair covers.
(Above): February 11, 2010. Cover story: "Fuck the passion, choose with your head instead of your heart."
(Inset cover): George Lazenby as James Bond, from the December 18, 1969 issue of Entertainment Weekly.
Like Facebook's call to connectivity, the Rolling Stones' 1975 recording sessions was a social networking scene of guitarists trying to fill the void after Mick Taylor had mysteriously de-friended the band. Billy Preston, Harvey Mandel, Wayne Perkins, and it's said maybe even Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton played on this eclectic record, a mash-up of styles with a groovy groove but no defined direction.
It's only Facebook but I like it.
[New York Magazine photographed by Jeff Minton; The Rolling Stones photographed by Hiro, album designed by Bea Feitler.]
Sebring and Stauffer are both former art directors of alt weekly newspaper Miami New Times, where they met when Brian started doing illustrations for Dean. Their ongoing work at Worth, which Stauffer describes as "organic, collaborative, and experimental," are as close as anyone can get these days to the classic Fortune illustrated covers of the 1930s-50s.
Above: Cesar Chavez, president of the United Farm Workers Union, July 4, 1969. Illustration by Manuel Gregorio Acosta.
I'm sure that those amazing New York Times videos have already inspired everyone to hop the 7 train to Queens, but first let's pause for some historical perspective, shall we? Here's a quick look back at five decades of U.S. Open TENNIS covers.… MORE
Tim J Luddy: Dugald Stermer, who was listed as a consultant on the Mother Jones masthead through the August 1976 issue of the magazine, illustrated three of our covers that year. The February/March 1976 issue, our first, featured a racially-integrated version of the Archibald M. Willard painting, "Spirit of '76." He got all Renaissance on us for our "June MCMLXXVI" issue, for a story on "The New Conservatives." This cover was based on a portrait of Count Tommaso Inghirami by Raphael. And to illustrate our July 1976 story, which was critical of Jerry Brown's new politics, Stermer painted a portrait of Brown on canvas and slashed open its center, revealing a portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower behind it. The styles of these three covers, and even the signatures on each one, show a remarkable stylistic range. Regarding that, Stermer says, "Obviously I was still trying to find myself as an illustrator, after long careers as a graphic designer and magazine editor/art director." Mother Jones's art director at this time was Louise Kollenbaum.
Read 3 Questions with Tim J. Luddy of Mother Jones here.
Pictured above are four groups of finalists. Row 1: Sexiest; Row 2: Entertainment and Celebrity; Row 3: Fashion and Beauty; Row 4: House and Home.
I thought this was too random to pass up. I realize many genres of magazine verticals share similar cover strategies however these two popular titles, while they do share some DNA do not generally have anything close to the same cover idea dropping on the same month.
At Runner's World we love runners of all shapes, sizes, and species.See the full cover after the jump...
We did 2 radically different covers for our Eat Cheap issue this year, out today. We loved both covers, so we did a split run. One is type, one image, so everyone in the office is happy!Which one will you pick up?
Above, left: photography by Hannah Whitaker; right, typography by Chris Dixon, illustration by Gillian MacLeod.
Making it ten years at a single publication is almost as accomplished as some of the great work that he has produced in that time. We've selected a few of our favorites covers and noted the name of the design collaborator when applicable: … MORE
She lost her father when she was 9, battled diabetes, and was raised by her mother in a public housing project. She eventually graduated with honors at Princeton University, received her J.D. from Yale Law School and embarked on a distinguished legal and judicial career. By the time she was nominated for the Supreme Court, Sotomayor had more federal judicial experience than any potential justice in 100 years, and more overall judicial experience than anyone confirmed to the court in the past 70 years. And that's the short story.
Here at Latina, we were honored to be granted the first photoshoot with the new justice in September. We all felt there was only one person for this assignment, and that was Platon, who graciously accepted. The story from the shoot after the jump... … MORE
Lagerfeld has designed a "peelable" cover for the monthly title, which features model Baptiste Giabiconi, dressed in Dior Homme. Lagerfeld has shot several ad campaigns for Dior. Readers can peel back this image to reveal another cover, which shows the model naked.Lagerfeld is also one of three guest editors (along with Bruce Weber and Peter Lindbergh) for German Vogue's 30th anniversary edition next month, per WWD. If you could guest creative-direct or edit any title, what would it be?
Starck, best known for designing high-end hotels, including the St Martin's Lane hotel in London and the Delano in Miami, has constructed a transparent front cover using three layers of tracing paper. Vodka brand Absolut has produced a specially made advertisement for the issue, which promotes its "Rock edition" bottle.
Wallpaper* claims the paper technologies used by the design duo have never before been used on magazine covers.
Wallpaper* images courtesy of IPC Media via The Guardian.
A good Friday afternoon read.
So when I'm often asked "where do you get your quick inspiration from online?," one particular design studio's site that comes to mind is www.fwis.com. Not only is their gallery chock full of motivational imagery, but they also feature a blog called "Covers."
Book cover art is featured and updated several times a week and open for commenting. I like to think of it as a virtual wall meeting where random viewers can critique the art director's motive. Check it out, and let me know about your own favorite "quick fix."
Many thanks to Jeremy Leslie at magCulture for his rapid vigilance on this. Two covers posted with the same idea, on one day. Hmm.