#MagLoveTop10: Best South African magazine covers of 2014
by MediaSlut (@MediaSlut) 2014 is drawing to a close, so it’s the perfect time to reflect on some of the best, worst and most talked-about magazine covers over the past 12 months. For the third year running, the 10 Best South African Covers are a true testament of the quality and creativity in the South African magazine industry! (View last year’s best South African magazine covers here.)
It’s the first part of our #MagLoveTop10 magazine cover series, which includes:
- 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. Marie Claire South Africa, May 2014
It would have been very easy for Marie Claire South Africa to repurpose one of the international sister-brand covers for the local version, but the team took it a step further and made it their own.
9. Golf Digest South Africa, May 2014
It remind me of a ‘hazard’ sign… a warning to golf addicts who should now want to try out all 100 Top Golf courses!
8. iMagazine (City Press), 12 January 2014
It started 2014 on a very high (and wet) note with this brilliant cover concept, which is also one of the firsts in SA! The team took the Liquideep guys and executed the band name literally…
7. Dossier, April 2014
Bonang Matheba is our local version of Lupita Nyong’o, as she not only sells issues when she’s on the cover but she always looks stunning and fierce! Which is definitely the case on this 3D-element Dossier cover.
I love how the cover design picks up from Matheba’s dress, and displays her like the queen she is! This digital issue may be viewed here.
6. Ideas, March 2014
The Ideas/Idees teams definitely pulled out all the stops with this cover, in celebration of their “Illustration Issue”. The concept, execution, design elements — even colours — are brilliantly executed.
And it’s done in true Ideas-style, so perfect for what the brand stands for.
5. My Tyd (Rapport), 16 February 2014
For My Tyd’s 100th issue, it hit it out of the park all the way to Mars! The cover story is about Kobus Vermeulen (a normal South African…) who is in line possibly to go to Mars. The photography, typography and everything come together to make this story a must-read!
This was also the second-last issue of My Tyd, as Rapport also discontinued this weekly glossy magazine.
4. JSE, January – March 2014
3. Getaway, July 2014
2. VISI 70
Look quickly, and you might miss it… Look closely, and you’ll see the subtle differences in this split-run of four VISI covers.
A busy cover, but striking, bold, colourful patterns that were the perfect way to welcome in 2014, the year of Cape Town being the World Design Capital 2014.
This was an authorised WDC2014 project, and a WDC2014 collector’s issue. The four different covers are based on the hand-cut felt works of Capetonian artist Jody Paulsen, in collaboration with photographer Nico Krinjo, and together this set of four gets the no. 2 position!
1. British Airways High Life (South Africa), September 2014
This one ticks all the boxes! I mean, how freaking creative to work all the issue’s stories into a “South African Heritage (and other curiosities) Crossword”?
And then the little pencil scribbles to make it look as if someone has already started (giving you some starter clues…). Epic.!
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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