Month: January 2013

Cover of the moment!

InStyle UK knocks it out of the park with this brilliant new Agyness Deyn cover. Rankin’s picture is just terrific, and the presentation by Creative Director Tom Meredith is spot on. InStyle can be a challenging cover to manage, as the logo is white out of a panel. As a result, flat colour can play […]

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How a successful #hashtag strategy can define your brand

Following the shocking murder of two of their vendors a few weeks ago, The Big Issue have created this fine cover campaign celebrating the very thing that makes them special, their vendors. But the beauty of this work lies not just in the cover (which is excellent) but in the hashtag, #celebrateyourvendor. A magazine cover […]

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Cover of the moment!

How about this for a genius presentation of the thing we call ‘music’. Many thanks to Mike from the NME, for pointing me in it’s direction. You can see the whole issue online right here.

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Shhhh! We’re still playing…

With the publication of their arthritis splash yesterday, The Daily Express is well on course to pick up either a cuddly toy or a box of chocolates. Many thanks to The Media Blog for tweeting this to my attention. But aside from illustrating the mind-numbing cover process the poor Express Journalists have to go through, The Media […]

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‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts’

– Winston Churchill Here are two photographers. On the left, Giles Duley, on the right, photo-journalist legend Don McCullin. Don’s story is well documented, and currently the subject of his own film, McCullin. Over his lifetime he has won many awards for his work; images and stories from some of the most hopeless situations the […]

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One knows one’s readers

Country Life has deservedly won the IPC Editors’ Cover Of The Month Award with this fine picture of…a couple of dogs. Folk may well think; ‘So what? Bung a cute animal on the front and you’re sorted, right?’ If only life were that easy. Country Life is one of the UK’s premier media brands. Aside […]

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mark denton at IPC

Meet Mark Denton, the man behind the ‘worst’ magazine cover designs of all time

Creative Director and Advertising Legend Mark Denton came into IPC media last week, and gave a genuinely inspiring talk about his work to a totally packed house. Mark has won an astonishing number of advertising and design awards across the spectrum. Press ads, posters, sculptures(!), books and logos, along with a solid stream of self promotional material. […]

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New Yorker cover post newtown

How do you feel about sending your kids back to school today?

This is the latest cover of The New Yorker. A heartfelt and moving illustration of what it feels like to send your kid to school in America after the Newtown tragedy. Chris Ware, the illustrator, has written a fine post here, explaining his point of view, which is particularly acute, given that his daughter is […]

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Australian night sky

Starry, starry night

This incredible photograph by Lincoln Harrison is a 15 hour exposure of the Australian night sky. The circular patterns are created by the rotation of the earth and the very stars themselves. There’s plenty more pictures here, but this one, featuring what looks like a dead gum tree, is my favourite. These pictures might seem […]

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Iron Maiden Classic rock

America votes Edward T Head as their Cover Of The Year!

The readers of SPD.org have voted this Iron Maiden homage from Classic Rock as the very best cover of 2013. It came through a strong field of nearly 100 covers, so this is not some random accident. Regardless of the notion that the thousand or so votes it attracted may well have all come from […]

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