Face Up: 2011 Year in Review
Three FaceUp participants weigh in on their favorite covers of the year.
2011 was a year of redesigns and relaunches, as magazine covers aimed to provoke (and as a result, to sell). Some efforts amounted in positive buzz and hiked newsstand numbers; others inspired seemingly unending rounds of media heckling (Newsweekâs July 4th cover, which featured a very Photoshopped image of the late Princess Diana, hereâs lookinâ at you). Here, FOLIO: asks three of our 2011 FaceUp participants to weigh in on their favorite covers of the year.
October 17, 2011
Publisher: Time Inc.
Design Director: D.W. Pine
Managing Editor: Rick Stengel
âI canât guess how many magazine covers have been designed in the past year (and Iâm only counting the ones that didnât end up in the ADâs drawer). 365 days, 12 months, 52 weeksâhundreds, thousands, maybe more. Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterlyâyou get the idea. Consequently, when I was asked to pick one favorite from the past year, I almost balked. After thinking about it for awhile, I realized that this year I could actually answer that question with conviction. Anyone whoâs been in the publishing business for twenty plus years (particularly on the design side) will understand my answer.â
- Mick Schnepf, Art Director, Traditional Home Magazine
Publishing Company: Complex Media
Editor-in-Chief: Noah Callahan-Bever
Art Director: Brent Rollins
âHard to go wrong with a beautiful cover subject like BeyoncĂ©, but the Complex design and photo team raise the bar for a celebrity cover by wrapping BeyoncĂ© in a beautiful set of undulating typography. For this Style & Design cover story, Complex recruited photographer Thierry Le GouĂšs and artist Ebon Heath. Stunning photography, sensual typography, and killer styling come together in this iconic, arresting cover. A âCover of the Dayâ for SPD back in Julyâthis cover is my Cover of the Year.â
-Josh Klenert, Society of Publication Designers, Vice President, Board of Directors
May 16, 2011
Publisher: ESPN The Magazine LLC
Art Directors: Jason Lancaster
Editor-in-Chief: Gary Belsky (now former EIC)
âThe gruesome image is stunning, I couldnât stop looking at it. And I loved the decision to understate the size of the main cover line and put it in the yellow strip.â
- David Speranza, design director, Bicycling Magazine
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