#MagLoveTop10: Best international magazine covers of 2014
by MediaSlut (@MediaSlut) Last week, we published our list of the 10 Best South African Covers of 2014, with British Airways High Life (South Africa) taking the no. 1 spot with its their September 2014 crossword-inspired cover. This week, we’re looking at the 10 Best International Covers of 2014 that were featured in my weekly MagLove column this past year (for last year’s selection, click here).
Our #MagLoveTop10 magazine cover series include:
- Friday, 5 December 2014: Best South African magazine covers of 2014
- Friday, 12 December 2014: Best international magazine covers of 2014
- Friday, 9 January 2015: Worst magazine covers of 2014
- Friday, 16 January 2015: Sexiest magazine covers of 2014
- Friday, 23 January 2015: Best food magazine covers of 2014
#10. WIRED, October 2014
This is how I read it: WIRED – The Design Issue. And then: Wrong Theory – The Power of Imperfection.
It’s not as obviously done as I’ve seen with some other titles, but that’s part of the appeal that I think makes this quirky and smart. Read the article in question here.
#9. ShortList, 20 February 2014
Last year, ShortList received the no. 2 spot with its ‘gun-carved-out-of-desk-cover’, and this year it gave us all wood again when it looked at “[w]hy men are ditching flatpack hell and turning back to physical labour”.
#8. STYLIST, 12 March 2014
The main story (“The new religion – Why women are swapping sermons for self-help”) has been taken and illustrated it with a design element all of us can relate to churches, and it’s done brilliantly and realistically! Read read the article here.
Volkskrant Magazine had a survey where it looked at different aspects that turn on different guys, and it seems the belly button also made the list (or could the belly button be a reference to something else…?).
#6. MARK, June/July 2014
So it’s very fitting, and extremely striking and effective, that it celebrated its 50th issue by setting it in stone…
The first is the 31 March 2014 cover — the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (still a mystery till today) — and then second is the 4 August 2014 cover — illustrating brilliantly how flight MH17 follows Putin like a shadow…
#4. Thursday Magazine, 10 April 2014
How right or wrong it is, I’m honestly not sure, as it can clearly be mistaken for a TIME cover as it includes all the iconic design elements.
Either way, it’s the best possible concept it could have thought of to illustrate its cover story (and TIME should see it as a big compliment)!
#3. J/M, November 2014
The cover story on Netherlands’ J/M magazine is about “fat kids” and the question being asked is “who’s fault is it?” with a brilliant and clever illustration that’s not just a chubby kid plonked on the cover!
J/M magazine is a magazine for parents of children between the ages of 4 ad 16 years old.
#2. Time Out (London), 22 July 2014
For this Cheap issue, this little gem was produced. I highly recommend that you do yourself the favour and read it all…
What I wouldn’t give to sit in one of their planning meetings, just to see how they come of up with these concepts…
I’m not going to go into detail with each cover as each one speaks for itself, and offers something everyone in the publishing industry can learn from!
MagLove by @MediaSlut is a regular slot featuring the best local and international magazine covers every week, recognising well thought-out, powerful and interesting (and hopefully all three-in-one) covers and celebrating the mix of pragmatism, creativity and personal taste that created each of them. The (for now anonymous) blogger behind MediaSlut knows way too much for his own good about media in South Africa, magazines in particular. His mission is to show when SA magazines fail but, most importantly, also when they succeed. If you’re looking for a library about SA magazines and news, this is your one-stop pitstop.
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