Celebrate International Women’s Day with 10 Classic Ms. Magazine Covers

Ms. magazine was founded in 1972, with the preview issue appearing as a pull-out section inside New York magazine. That first preview issue was art directed by Rochelle Udell. Bea Feitler was the art director starting with the first real issue, July 1972. As art director of Ms. until 1974, Feitler created a series of powerful, […]

Time Out London Covers Art Directed by Mark Neil

Mark Neil is a master of limited-budget weekly magazine design. Over the past few years he has art directed UK-based publications NME and The Big Issue, and now Time Out London, all of them brash, youth-oriented and graphic, with lots of attitude and not too many resources. Neil’s covers have been a constant graphic delight, filled […]

Foliomag Face Up: Time Out New York

I was asked to help critique a recent cover of Time Out New York for the Foliomag Face Up feature. Here’s my commentary: This is one of my favorite magazine covers of this year to date. It does everything a successful cover design should: it’s fun, colorful, engaging, provocative, and spot-on connective with the Time […]

This Old House Covers of Editor-in-Chief Scott Omelianuk

This dynamic (and very cool) collection of covers spans the almost 12-year tenure of This Old House editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk, who left the magazine in early April 2016 after an ownership change. Curated by This Old House photography director Denise Sfraga, this gallery features the design and art direction talents of design directors Amy Rosenfeld, […]

10 Illustrated Nautilus Magazine Covers

Len Small is the art director at Nautilus, the smart and modern digital and print science magazine. In a little less than three years on the job, Small’s illustration art direction has turned Nautilus into a striking showcase of brilliant visual imagery. His deft direction and wide-ranging tastes have drawn much praise from the illustration […]

The August 2015 Cover of This Old House

Here’s my first full designed cover of This Old House, the August 2015 issue. It’s on newsstands now (and iPad apps, in mailboxes, etc.). Photograph: Mark Lohman Photography Director: Denise Sfraga Art Director: Jamie Dannecker Creative Director: Robert Newman Editor-in-Chief: Scott Omelianuk

American Illustration Profiles: Tim O’Brien

My latest American Illustration Profiles interview is with Tim O’Brien, the noted cover artist and book and editorial illustrator. Tim O’Brien is a modern master of illustration, and one of the pre-eminent magazine cover illustrators of our time. He modestly describes himself as a “traditional oil painter,” which doesn’t begin to highlight the full range […]

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year from Seattle’s The Rocket Magazine

The Rocket was a freewheeling, gonzo music, art, and politics magazine published in Seattle from 1979 until 2000, initially monthly and later bi-weekly. It had strong visual content, and featured a stellar roster of illustrators, cartoonists, and photographers, and a notable cast of rotating art directors which included Art Chantry, Helene Silverman, Mark Michaelson, Kate […]

My Favorite Xmas Magazine Covers

Here’s the Newmanology collection of our Favorite Xmas Magazine Covers, featuring artwork by Shepard Fairey, Charles Burns, Bob Staake, and more. Happy holidays of all kinds to everyone in the Newmanology world! (Above): Baltimore City Paper, art director: Joe MacLeod, illustration: Shepard Fairey. Evergreen, December 1969.  Art director: Ken Deardoff, illustration: Bill Lee. Thanks Stephen […]