MagLove: The best magazine covers this week (28 October 2016)
MediaSlut (@MediaSlut)’s choice of the best international and South African magazine covers this week:
- Globe Magazine
- Woolworths TASTE
- The New York Times Magazine
- Vanity Fair (Italy)
- Variety (Power of Women Issue)
Globe Magazine, 23 October 2016
The normal person on the street might not ‘get’ this cover. I didn’t. So let me educate you, too, as it’s clever. It’s almost ‘time’ for Massachusetts to vote on the use of recreational marijuana (weed), and it’s generally known that the code “420”, or “4:20” or even “4/20” (pronounced “four-twenty”) refers to the consumption of cannabis, “especially around the time 4:20 pm/am and smoking and celebrating cannabis on the date April 20” (as per Wikipedia). Now that you know that tidbit, this cover should make a lot more sense and, if you want to know more about why Globe Magazine is saying “just say yes”, read the full article here.
Woolworths TASTE, November 2016
These scoops of “coffee ice cream with hokey pokey and butterscotch sauce” appear divine at this very moment! Not only does it look like a winning dessert, but the team has once again done a great job with the retouching, photoshop and overall layout of the cover by using simple little creative elements all over.
The New York Times Magazine, 23 October 2016
Everything that is introduced into society always has pros and cons attached to it, and it seems as if the use of body cameras on police officers is having its fair share of both. Once again a perfect example of the kind of brilliant in-depth features that only The New York Times Magazine can do, as it asks the question, “Should we see everything a cop sees?”
Vanity Fair (Italy), November 2016
Mika!!! I remember very fondly how I just loved his first album, Life in Cartoon Motion (2007), and went to buy it, and listened to the CD way too many times! Even though he’s been doing his normal amazing thing internationally, he’s disappeared off South African radio station playlists in recent years, but this ‘fabulous’ (and rather camp) cover made me search for his latest work, and I ended up buying his 2015 album, New Place in Heaven, right on the spot! If you understand some Italian, head over to Vanity Fair Italy’s website to read his interview and view its gallery of this extremely creative artist.
Variety, October 2016
The 2016 annual “Power of Women” issue was released a week or so ago and, even though the cover concepts are relatively similar to previous years, the collection of five powerful women on five different covers always grabs my attention. The list this year includes Miley Cyrus, Laverne Cox, Ava DuWernay, Scarlett Johansson and Helen Mirren. The Cox cover is the best one for me, and sends the strongest message!
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 anonymous (for now) 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.