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    Thumbs up ▀▄ Top 10 Magazine Covers of 2oo8 ▄▀




    1. The New Yorker, Nov. 17, 2008

    The legendary illustrator and designer Milton Glaser often refers to the readers of a magazine as a "tribe." Certainly few magazines demonstrate this idea better than The New Yorker, which tailors its content and editorial posture for readers of a certain mindset, regardless of where they live. This self-awareness gives The New Yorker great freedom on its covers, allowing them to speak in code to the members of the tribe. It leverages that freedom beautifully, and this list could easily be filled with just its covers. But I'll stick to one: the cover that ran immediately after the presidential election. The illustration by Bob Staake shows the moon cleverly hollowed out to form the O in the magazine's name — and in the president-elect's — casting its glow over the Lincoln Memorial. (I'm not sure the columns would reflect like that, but, hey, it's artistic license.) Why is the cover great? It doesn't do a victory dance. Rather, it whispers to the reader (the tribe): "Everything's okay now — we have our country back." It's set at night, a time when creepy things happen, but also a time when people sleep, safe and sound. It is beautifully rendered. Simply spectacular.

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    2. New York, March 24, 2008

    When this cover appeared, the chattering classes of the magazine world hailed it as the cover of the year, as did the American Society of Magazine Editors. And who's to argue? It's so spot-on in its timing and sentiment that it is, well, a no-brainer. When news broke linking New York governor Eliot Spitzer to a call girl, New York, hired noted conceptual artist Barbara Kruger who took a benign portrait by Henry Leutwyler and created scathing commentary by overlaying her signature red rectangle with white type. This cover hits Spitzer — and, by association, the male species in general — right where it hurts.

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    3. Rolling Stone, July 10, 2008

    "Less is More!" is the battle cry of modernists and modernist designers the world over. In magazine land, especially on covers, art directors are constantly trying to convince editors to use less, or smaller, type — and for good reason. A cover at its best speaks through the power of imagery. Magazines usually reserve this treatment for monumental occasions, or for the death of icons. This Rolling Stone cover, with a charming photo of Obama by Peter Yang, speaks through pure imagery to announce several things: The magazine unabashedly supports Barack (duh!) and, since it has already made clear its support, is going to give the reader a more personal side of the candidate. The carefully selected image, likely an outtake, tells the reader he's not just The One, he's one of us as well. Obama is responding to something, so there's a conversation going on, and his unguarded demeanor invites us in for a closer look. The cover also breaks the conventional wisdom that the best cover pictures must have eye contact with the reader. So can cover designers drop the type, pick an unusual image and be completely successful? Yes, we can.

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    4. Entertainment Weekly, Oct. 3, 2008

    When The New Yorker ran its Barry Blitt-illustrated cover cheekily portraying Michelle and Barack Obama as fist-bumping radical terrorists, it touched off a firestorm. The New Yorker was speaking to its tribe (see cover No. 1) and likely thought it was safe to do so. Wrong! The image, titled "The Politics of Fear," inflamed everyone in all the rings of the political circus, and the magazine had to explain its intentions — and the concept of satire — to the world. Amid all the hubbub came Entertainment Weekly, whose cover subjects, Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart, make their livings by pointing out the pervasive folly of the political process. By spoofing the original New Yorker cover, this one actually trumps it. In addition to making the reader laugh out loud, it wryly comments on the controversy. In comedy, timing is everything, and the timing, spirit and execution of this cover made it stand out, and even helped defuse the rancor unintentionally created by the original. Bravo!

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    5. The Economist, Feb. 23, 2008


    The Economist is known for its offbeat covers. At their worst they can be heavy handed, and at their best they can be brilliant. This one is in the brilliant category. It deals with Fidel Castro's legacy not by portraying its iconic subject in his fiery youth, but by cruelly pointing out that the only worthwhile thing that emerged from his years of rule is the Habano, the revered Cuban cigar. The particular cigar depicted, the Cohiba, was long a perk given to members of the Cuban Communist government and was eventually released for sale to the general public — although not, of course, in the U.S. The Cohiba became the symbol of high-end cigar consumption the world over. It's the only thing Cuba produced, besides music, that the rest of the world wanted or needed. And now it's just ashes, intellectually spent and soon to be snuffed out. This is sophisticated and ironic, designed to appeal to Economist readers, who well may have smoked a Cohiba or two in their time.

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    6. Interview, September 2008

    This Interview cover, featuring model Kate Moss, plays on and updates the visual heritage of the magazine in its 1970s heyday, when it was the voice of Andy Warhol and the New York celebrity and pop art scene. Over the years, as happens to all magazines, entropy set in and the magazine's look drifted away from distinction. But the current incarnation, which bears the mark of co-creative director Fabien Baron, who formerly created signature looks for Harper's Bazaar and for Calvin Klein, restores some of the magazine's past visual glory, especially with its consistently strong use of photography. And although it is hardly daring to put a celebrity on a cover, this one effectively uses Moss as a prop by putting a Cat Woman-esque mask on her face and turning the photo into a piece of art. The red over-tint creates emotional power and uses the classic red, black and white combination so successful in polemical graphics. (Unfortunately, the Nazis knew this as well.) And the cover line playfully announces the magazine's redesign: "It's New, *****cat!" Somewhere Andy is smiling.

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    7. Portfolio, December 2008

    This is another one of those "Ouch!" covers that simultaneously sticks it to the you-know-who's on Wall Street while evoking a real sadness for what has happened to the U.S. and the world as a result of the financial meltdown. Here we see the power of iconography, the fallen Wall Street bull — long a symbol of dominance, growth, optimism and American power. The statue's execution (pun intended) achieves what any image maker or cover art director aspires to do, i.e. make another professional (or reader) look at it and wonder, "How did they do that?" The likely answer is 3-D rendering, deftly done and inserted into the photo via Photoshop. If this had been a drawing or painting, it would have none of the conceptual power and visual resonance of this image. A quibble: too much type. Imagine how much stronger this would have been with few or no cover lines.

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    8. Los Angeles, September 2008

    Three cheers for inventiveness! How many "Best of ..." covers have we seen that resort to predictable, tired photography to illustrate whatever the "bests of" happen to be? This one sticks convention in its ear — with a ballpoint pen, no less.

    "For the September issue of Los Angeles, art director Joe Kimberling collaborated with illustrator and type designer Marian Bantjes to create the cover. The solution, done solely with a blue ballpoint pen, is a notebook covered with doodles inspired by a creative, yet distracted high school student. As Marian says on the contributors page 'I did everything but the bar code.'"

    This cover is modern and a bit retro at the same time. And it stops you in your tracks because, on a crowded newsstand or a coffee table, it is a complete non sequitur and a great visual pun.

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    9. The Virginia Quarterly Review, Fall 2008

    Often cited by professional organizations for its content, The Virginia Quarterly Review also has consistently inventive covers. One of its secrets is the simple, strong format, which never varies from issue to issue. This particular cover isolates, for maximum effect, the stark black-and-white photo of a woman sleeping, dreamily out of focus. In focus is a tattoo on her shoulder of her deceased brother, who committed suicide after his second tour of duty in Iraq. And this focal shift turns reality inside-out: The dead victim is vivid and alive in the dream of his sister, whose life may have lost focus because of her profound loss. Regardless of one's position on the Iraq War, this is a searingly sad cover that provokes equal parts sympathy and outrage

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    10. Mad, September 2008

    Mad? Mad, you say? Hear me out on this one. First of all, can you be stupid and smart at the same time? Corny and truly funny? Yes, I believe, to both. You don't have to read Mad to applaud its rich tradition of skillful caricature and good-natured cultural commentary. I can't look at this cover without laughing, no matter how many times I do. The magazine has been up to this for years, and like all publications, there have been periods of fallow. But in the past few years, Mad's covers have been back on their game, as this cover amply demonstrates. Its fictional mascot, Alfred E. Neuman, has has had a far longer run than Martha Stewart or Oprah as the face of a magazine, and I bet he'll still be grinning at us long after they depart the scene.

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