George Lois Featured in Fast Company App
Annual design issue shows image of Lois holding his first Esquire cover.
Fast Companyâ€™s annual design issue celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first cover that legendary art director George Lois created for Esquire magazine. This photograph, by noted photographer Platon, is available only in the iPad app version of Fast Companyâ€™s October 2012 issue, which is out today, September 12.
On the October 1962 cover of Esquire (which Lois is holding), he accurately predicted that boxer Sonny Liston would defeat Floyd Patterson in their upcoming heavyweight championship fight. That opinion at the time was decidedly in the minority, so much so that the publisherâ€™s letter inside the magazine disavowed Loisâ€™s prediction, saying â€śweâ€™d prefer to believe that Liston can be stopped, and that Patterson is the one that can do it.â€ť (Note: Liston knocked out Patterson in the fightâ€™s first round). Says Lois, â€śThe press wrote about the chutzpah of calling a fight on a magazine cover, and the issue was a sellout.â€ť
Read more by George Lois on his first Esquire cover (and many others) here. The Fast Company October 2012 iPad app is available here. The October issue features Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann on the cover. (Photograph: Art Streiber, creative director: Florian Bachleda.)
-- Robert Newman was most recently the creative director of Reader's Digest. He has been the creative director of Real Simple and the design director at Entertainment Weekly, New York, Details, Vibe, Fortune, The Village Voice, and Guitar World. He was also the editor of The Rocket, a music and culture magazine based in Seattle. Visit his site and and follow him on Twitter: @Newmanology.
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