This is why we love what we do. Magazines, when well-designed and thoughtfully printed, are just gorgeous. But good looks alone become transformed into something extraordinary in the hands of designers who understand the message of the magazine’s content.
We want to share this collection of some of 2013’s best magazine covers, as chosen by YoutheDesigner.com in their year-end wrap-up.
Novum — One of our favorites is the striking cover of October’s Novum, a title aimed at graphic designers. As quoted in YoutheDesigner, “The cover looks like as if it is a setup of movable types arranged for those old printing press machines thanks to the brass colored page after the cover page.”
Modus — Lest we think all design is done on the computer screen these days, you have to check out how Modus magazine achieved the dusty, old chalkboard look for their March issue. It was actually created on a wall-size chalkboard then photographed for the cover image that graced their education issue.
Little White Lies — Combining strong graphic lines with high-tech printing, Little White Lies produced a powerful look for their “Man of Steel” cover. Using brushed holographic steel, the designer was able to create a cover with substance and weight worthy of its subject.
What resonates about all three of these examples is not just the brilliant design treatments, but how well the design amplifies the content’s message. Beyond simply being striking, each cover has a deep connection to the content that provides a solid context for the reader’s expectations.
Kudos to the design teams behind all of these covers!