On Monday night the PPA kicked off their 100th anniversary year with the launch of their Cover of the Century competition. In his welcome speech, CEO Barry McIlheney explained how hard it had been to whittle the selection down to a ten magazine shortlist, and headed off the inevitable criticism of the shortlist. Don’t worry if you’re magazine isn’t on the list, was the message, the overall selection shows how strong the industry was and is.
Then the gathered great and good of the UK magazine industry were ushered through to see the 10 anointed covers; the criticism began.
These are the best covers of the century?
The next issue of men’s magazine Port is another themed one, their first film issue. Guest-edited by Daniel Day-Lewis it sports this portrait of Paul Thomas Anderson by Stefan Ruiz on the cover and a subtle typographic nod towards cinema signage on the cover lines. Click to see larger version.
This design by Noma Bar for this week’s Time Out London has been doing the rounds on twitter and websites the last few days, the implication being it’s the cover design for their Sex issue. And very nice it is too, even if the pointed top to Big Ben makes me wince a little.
Strangely, on publication the artwork has been relegated to the feature page inside and the cover left blank for Londoners to offer their ‘personal interpretation of Sex in London.’
What happened? Was there mass wincing at the cover meeting? Or was the tweeted design just a clever promotional ploy?
Whatever the reason, the magazine will reveal the best reader efforts later this week on their blog, which currently boasts the inspirational efforts of Time Out staff.
Update; CR blog has images of the magazine as it appeared, with a Mastercard paid wraparound.
January 18, 2013
SPD celebrate the imminent arrival of a US edition of Anorak.
Fashion mag does fashion story based on natural disaster. Zzzzz.
An archive of French Vogue covers, via the kings of the archive front cover, Newmanology.
Following initial scorn, Rolling Stone succumbs to the iPad app.
How to solve the problem of magazine subscriptions – compete at service with Amazon and John Lewis, not other publishers.
The Aspen exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery continues, and the gallery is holding a pair of events about the magazine. On February 7 they take a close look at the British issue, and on February 28 they’ll be decoding artist Brian O’Doherty’s issue 5/6.
Print magazine art director Ben King describes working with design hero Bob Gill on the magazines’s new front cover.
Press Gazette asks whether or not Mr Porter’s Jeremy Langmead is a journalist.
EXTRA! Read the sad tale of the tweeting Tatler office dachshund Alan TBH Plumptre killed by the revolving door at Vogue House (I’m not joking).
The Economist on how publishers are repurposing archive content.
Andy Cowles analyses The New Yorker’s front covers.
Radio Times publisher sees ‘print sales growth’.
See some images from last month’s Fefe conference in Rome.
Check out the shortlists for the MagPile best design and best new magazine awards
Newsweek continues with controversial ‘front covers’ as it drops print edition.