Magazine covers we love (Bollie is back!)

Date posted: June 29, 2012

Bloomberg 25 June ?> runs a regular slot featuring the best local and international magazine covers every week. We recognise well thought out, powerful and interesting (and hopefully all three in one) magazine covers and celebrate the mix of pragmatism, creativity and personal taste that created each of them. By media blogger MediaSlutZA.



Bloomberg Businessweek, 25 June 2012

Bloomberg 25 June

Businessweek reports on the controversial .xxx domain for  pornography related sites and with relevant and very mostly striking (and fun) cover.

TIME, 2 July 2012

Time "Made in China"

Another beautifully illustrated cover from TIME magazine for its cover story “Made in China” exploring what (and who) it takes to make the phones and products we live by.

What’s Next, Issue 5 / Spring 2012

What's Next

This custom magazine for Sappi (in Europe) placed sign-language on the cover of their ‘language’ issue with a small line at the bottom stating “which is another way of saying…” I thought this a unique and smart way of tempting the reader to read the magazine to see what is written on the cover. Of course I was interested to know! So to save you the time – it boldly states “SAY IT LOUD”. Love it.


Getaway, July 2012


Getaway deserves some recognition for their fantastic photography. It’s one of the covers that make me want to buy it to read the ‘story behind the picture’.

SA Rugby, July 2012

sa rugby

SA Rugby’s covers just keep getting better and better as well as more conceptual which I believe is important for a cover. This image of Bryan could never have been taken without the Art Director knowing what he wants for the end-result. I especially like the remarks about Bryan Habana placed behind him in such an effective way.

Huisgenoot Bollie, 2012

Huisgenoot Bollie

Every Afrikaans kid around my age (25) will be very familiar with the comic strip bunny called Bollie which used to be published in Huisgenoot every week in the 1990’s. Sister publication YOU later followed with Bobo. Bollie was an extremely cool Blue Bunny and his name was also very unique. I’m going to suggest it was a translation gone bad…

Now Bollie is back as one of the dozens of “Special Interest Publications” the Huisgenoot / YOU family are publishing. And with this bold cover no one can miss it. Especially not old fans of Bollie. (Also available in English as Bobo).

– The (for now anonymous) blogger behind MediaSlutZA knows way too much for his own good about media in South Africa. Magazines in particular. His mission is to show when South African magazines might fail, but most importantly, succeed. If you’re looking for a library about South African magazines and news, your one-stop pitstop is MediaSlutZA. #MagazinesForTheWin

– Find a cover we should know about? Tweet us @marklives and @mediaslutza
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