Cover Review: Mother Jones

My new review for the Folio: online Face Up column looks at the July-August 2014 cover of Mother Jones, “Koch vs. Koch.” The cover was art directed by Ivylise Simones, and features a tabloid parody of right-wing bogeymen the Koch Brothers. The parody is spot on, with just the right mix of funkiness and visual […]

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 […]

Examining The Atlantic and The New Republic Redesigns

Several years ago the American Society of Magazine Editors held a panel discussion that talked about the role of design and art direction in magazines. The general consensus was that it was important, but not essential. The evening ended with one of the participants rattling off a list of magazines that were considered great (and […]

The New Republic Cover Retrospective, 2001-12

For the past 11 years, Joseph Heroun and Christine Car have been art directing and designing The New Republic. Working remotely from New York City and Boston (TNR has been based in Washington, DC), they redesigned the magazine twice, produced it on a weekly, and since 2007, a bi-weekly schedule, and created a series of […]