10 Great Baseball Magazine Covers

Major League Baseball’s opening day this year was April 3. We’ve dug deep into our archives to present 10 of our favorite baseball magazine covers to celebrate the start of the season. Thanks to Linda Rubes for co-producing this story. (Above): Time, August 28, 1971, illustration by Bob Peak. Left-handed Oakland Athletics pitcher Vida Blue […]

20 Classic Vintage Magazine Covers, 1917-1975

Here’s a very random, but very cool collection of 20 vintage magazine covers, dating from 1917 to 1975. All these covers come courtesy of the John Witek Graphics Repository. This is just a small portion of John’s extensive vintage magazine collection. We hope to share covers from his collection very soon. (Pictured above): New Pioneer, […]

12 Favorite Time Out New York Covers by Chris Deacon

The news this week is that Time Out New York art director Chris Deacon is leaving the scrappy and brash entertainment weekly to become senior art director at Playboy magazine in Los Angeles. Along with editor in chief Terri White (who recently decamped to become editor of Empire), Deacon revitalized the look of Time Out […]

Travel & Leisure Illustrated Covers, 1970s

Norman Hotz began his art direction career in the late 1960s working for Allen Hurlburt and Will Hopkins at Look magazine. He moved to Travel & Leisure in 1970, where he worked as the deputy to Frank Zachary, and helped create the magazine’s iconic logo and design. When Zachary left after 10 issues, the then-25 […]

10 Early 1970s Travel & Leisure Covers Art Directed by Frank Zachary

Legendary magazine art director and editor Frank Zachary passed away June 11 at the age of 101. He was best known for his 1950s-early 60s art direction of Holiday magazine, as well as his longtime editorship, beginning in the early 1970s, of Town and Country. From 1971-73 Zachary was the art director of Travel & […]

Entertainment Weekly Covers

I was the design director for Entertainment Weekly from 1994-96. During that time we created almost 100 covers for the weekly magazine and some stand-alone special issues. The covers were made with a talented photo team headed by Mary Dunn and Doris Brautigan. And a number of these covers were designed by Florian Bachleda, George […]

101 Kick-Ass Music Covers

Magazine covers featuring musical artists are inherently cool, whether the reader is a tween or a boomer. They come loaded with style, after all. (How many different looks—including varieties-not-found-in-nature of hair color—have Madonna and Bowie rocked on their many covers over the decades?) The result: memorable, provocative and sometimes flat-out crazy images of the stars. […]

The New Republic: A Thought Leader of Cover Design

The New Republic recently marked the one year anniversary of its redesign, which debuted in January 2013. Creative director Dirk Barnett joined the magazine in August 2012 after a strong run at the Tina Brown-edited version of Newsweek. With the news that The New Republic gathered five medal nominations in this year’s Society of Publication […]

Duke: The First Black Men’s Pinup Magazine

Duke was the first black men’s pinup magazine, launched in 1957. It was based on the editorial format pioneered by Playboy, and like that magazine was also published in Chicago. It featured fiction, interviews, fashion, racy cartoons, and of course, a pin-up centerfold. Notable writers published in Duke included Chester Himes, Langston Hughes, and George […]