Reportagen is an independent Swiss magazine that brings you swift, short and enticing reports from around the world (written in German). The book-sized publication always boasts a bright, typographic cover, with text laid out like a traditional pamphlet – almost a contents page. Infographics and fun cartoons abound, and in the recent bright green issue 21 we were particularly taken by a pig illustration by Claudia Blum.
We love these covers for travel magazine 38Hours, which follow a simple but effective template. Each of the A5 issues focuses on a different European city, and the editors work closely with local bloggers and journalists to ensure a personal and knowledgeable perspective. The front covers similarly convey a sense of insider-knowledge and capture the cities very accurately through typography and colour alone.
The new issue of men’s independent Port lands next week, with a new format and redesign based around their move from quarterly to biannual. ‘Whilst we have loved creating and sharing the 15 quarterly issues over the years,’ explains founder/editor-in-chief Dan Crowe, ‘we’re looking forward to making something more refined, satisfying, reflective – more, perhaps, like a vintage glass of port.’
We’ve been fans of Steven Gregor’s new Gym Class cover since he revealed it at last month’s Printout. The bold and satirical statement is definitely on point, and it taps into something that we’ve been feeling for quite a while here at magCulture: namely our concern about the more derivative designs of many contemporary publications. We got in touch with the Gym Class creator to find out more, intrigued about whether the characteristically playful Steven is using the statement as a light-hearted provocation, or whether he is articulating a deeper concern about magazine making today.
When Steven Gregor unveiled this design as the front cover of the new issue of his magazine-about-magazines Gym Class at the last Printout, I remember wondering whether he’d go through with it. I needn’t have worried; it’s now available for pre-order now and the message remains the same.
Every year The New Yorker marks its anniversary with a cover featuring its mascot Eustace Tilley, the monocled dandy who appeared on the very first cover back in 1925 and remains a central part of the magazine’s identity. For their 90th anniversary this week they’ve gone a step further, commissioning a set of nine covers, one for each decade to date, from regular contributors.
Artists: Christoph Niemann, Peter Mendelsund, Lorenzo Mattotti, Anita Kunz, Barry Blitt, Istvan Banyai, Roz Chast, Kadir Nelson and Carter Goodrich
Read an appreciation of the letter ‘R’ in the New Yorker logo.