Cover Review: Entertainment Weekly

My latest cover review for Folio: The October 17, 2014 issue of Entertainment Weekly, featuring a graphically intense, black and white photograph of Michael Keaton in a preview of the Birdman movie, is one of the coolest and most iconic magazine covers of the past year. Photographer Art Streiber, design director Tim Leong, photography director […]

For the Love of….Entertainment Weekly, September 30 in NYC

The Society of Publication Designers hosted an historic gathering of Entertainment Weekly design directors on September 30 at the SVA Theatre in New York City. All seven of the magazine’s design directors from its 25-year history were present and discussed the visual history of the groundbreaking weekly (I was design director of EW from 1994-96). […]

Seven Designers to Worship

The Content Desk website highlights seven art directors in its recent Seven Designers to Worship feature, including Robert Newman. “Content is all about producing the things that people like or find useful. This is impossible without good design to set the work off.” In addition to Robert Newman, the list includes Matt Wiley of Conde […]

Cover Review: Wax Poetics

So many indie magazine covers look sleepy and dull, like the tabletop art books they emulate. Fortunately, there’s Wax Poetics, whose covers are brilliant splashes of imagery, that resemble old-fashioned LPs filled with engaging brightness and poster-like impact. Case in point: the latest cover, issue #59. It features a photo by Jonathan Mannion of Aaliyah, […]

Cover Review: Organic Gardening

I’m a big fan of the August-September cover of Organic Gardening, art directed by Susan Eugster and featuring an illustration by Peter Donnelly. I’ve reviewed the cover as the latest Face Up column for Folio online. This is a very different approach for a gardening and lifestyle magazine, with the illustration taking over the entire […]

Cover Review: Essence

I’ve been a big fan of Michelle Obama‘s many magazine covers, so I was happy to review her latest cover on Essence for the Folio: online Face Up column. The cover was photographed by Kwaku Alston, and art directed by Erika Perry. Michelle Obama has become a top magazine cover celebrity, arguably the top celebrity […]

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 […]

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. […]

Cover Review: Billboard

My new cover review for the Folio: online Face Up column takes a look at the April 26, 2014 issue of Billboard. The cover features a cool photograph of singer Enrique Iglesias, sleek, minimal cover typography and a bold, poster-like logo; it’s highly original, extremely artful and a crowd-pleaser all at the same time (I […]