Face Up Online: Report Card Edition, June 2015
Current events and creativity converged in June.
After putting this column together for a few months now, one thing has become abundantly clear: This stuff is highly subjective. Our five critics didn’t see eye to eye on every cover and, in some instances, grades for a single cover ranged from F to A.
Nevertheless, June has been an eventful month with several monumental moments in sports, politics and culture. Magazines were on top of it all and this month’s graded covers reflect much of that.
Title: Vanity Fair
Publishing Company: Condé Nast
Editor: Graydon Carter
Design Director: Chris Dixon
Why It Matters: This is arguably the most talked about cover of 2015. Not only is the Jenner story enormous across media, but it's also culturally important.
The Good: A photograph by Annie Leibovitz is always a good start for any magazine cover. The simplicity and the impact of the coverline is extremely appropriate in this instance. The quality and the weight of the image are doing most of the work, as they should. One critic praised the cover for its sophistication and elegance.
The Bad: Another critic implies that the design itself is "not that great," but the real value is in the story. And the point was raised that the cover seemed a bit subdued considering the story's significance.
Cover Grade: B+