MagLove: The best magazine covers this week (3 March 2017)
MediaSlut (@MediaSlut)’s choice of the best international and South African magazine covers this week:
- Golf Digest (Hot List issue)
- Popular Science
- San Antonio
- The New Yorker
FORTUNE, 1 March 2017
The promise vs the peril. A very cool flip cover telling two very different stories, captured perfectly through photography, a simple graphic and strong colours.
Golf Digest, March/April 2017
Every year, Golf Digest rolls out its Hot List over all its international issues, so it always has to pull out all the stops to make its cover as creative as possible while always using the most important equipment to play golf… the golf club. This year, it didn’t disappoint once again. If you’re into golf and want to know what are the best putters, irons and drivers out there, click here.
Popular Science, March/April 2017
Popular Science is looking at “the state of water in our world”, but it could just as well have talked about the Western Cape specifically, as this seems to be our future (roughly 121 days of water left, currently). For that reason, this cover definitely grabbed my attention; the photoshop and colour usage are also really done very well.
San Antonio, March 2017
San Antonio is in south-central Texas, North America, and its local magazine is featuring its “Best of the City” issue with clever embroidery that catches the eye.
The New Yorker, 6 March 2017
No, this is neither fake news nor a fake cover. This is The New Yorker taking a massive stance on politics in the US (and, more specifically, the relationship between Putin and Trump) by going as far as even changing its logo to Russian! What makes this cover even more amazing — and worth talking about — is that it’s based on its very, very first cover in 1925 (by Rea Irvin) but this time “our dandy mascot has become Eustace ‘Vladimirovich’ Tilley and the lepidopteran under scrutiny is none other than a stunned Donald Trump.”
An early look at next week’s cover: “I’m boning up on my Cyrillic,” Barry Blitt, the artist behind the cover of the new issue, says. In a riff on the magazine’s first cover, from 1925, by Rea Irvin, Blitt imagines a future in which our dandy mascot has become Eustace Vladimirovich Tilley and the lepidopteran under scrutiny is none other than a stunned Donald Trump. Click the link in our bio to read more. #TNYcovers
Still doesn’t make sense what all the fuss is about, and why it’s so great? Then read this great interview with the art editor, Françoise Mouly, who puts its all perfectly into perspective. Also click here to read about “Trump, Putin, and the new Cold War”. Scary stuff!
WineLand, March 2017
Beautiful cover! As the son of a farmer, I grew up with Wineland magazine always being in our house, so it’s great to see how it’s transformed over the years while staying as relevant as possible. Strong photography, clever photoshop over the logo, and simple typography.
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