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Magazine Cover Design Through The Decades

Magazine Cover Design Through The Decades


Some say print is dying while other's are fighting for its survival. Luckily, the issue we are discussing here today isn't weather or not the world of print is going by the wayside. Today, the discussion is the art of creating a magazine cover complete with images of iconic covers including those from decades past.

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Le Fourire is a 1930's car magazine.


Source: Header Image, Craft, Le Fourire

The House Beautiful cover from 1921 alongside the 1952 Fortune design cover. Both magazines are still going strong today after all these years, but the evolution of the magazine covers have grown drastically through the years.


Source: House Beautiful, Fortune

Walter Allner founded the International Poster Annual, started his own company and freelanced for Johnson & Johnson, I.B.M. and Life magazine. Allner’s most notable work are the covers he did of Fortune magazine where he was the Art Director from 1962 to 1974.


Source: Fortune, Bazaar


Source: Icon,

Print is a bimonthly magazine about visual culture and design founded in 1940. This anniversary edition of the magazine features a polygon filled with color.

Source: Print, All About Art

Studio, 1960's design.


Source: Elephant, The Studio

Wired has won a number of awards for their print magazine, and with good reason. Each cover is more striking and thought provoking than the last. Here is one attention-grabbing cover they did last year.


Source: Wired, AnOther

One of the most influential fashion magazines on the scene, Bazaar focuses on classic and sophisticated features and design. From the clothing choices to the covers of these two magazines, the simplicity shines through.


Source: Bazaar


Source: Summer,Motorist

What are your thoughts on magazine covers? Do you prefer this style or are you gravitating toward newer magazines covers that you see on stands now?


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circeus

Oh my! So much palettable stuff here!
American_Craft
Le_Fou_Rire
House_Beautiful
Fortune
Bazars_Giraffe
ICON
All_about_art
Elephant
The_Motorist

hana*


hi dear Allison !
wow. nice collection. very very very interesting and fun !

i love the design of the cover and there layout. they make very good inspiration. * happy *
good design always looks great. ageless treasures.

hana*

FYI : a bunch of my favorites !


my favorites

Life Magazine - Feb.1926 - Artist: John Held Jr.
Life Magazine - Sep.1928 - Artist: Russell Patterson
Vogue - Feb. 1917 - Artist: Unknown
Life Magazine - Feb.1922 - Artist: Frank X. Leyendecker
Vogue - Jul. 1935 - Artist: Cecil Beaton


ssign99

the old style magz are wonderful! it's unfortunate that rare to see in on now :(

cremedeeemiko

It's more difficult to have a graphic designer put together something unique and innovative, rather than just, using a photo from a shoot and then having the graphics people rearrange texts.

It's nice when you see magazines who understand design like they did in the old days though.

Very interesting article. It's the little things that make you realise where the world is sometimes.

pique

Used to work in the periodicals of a copyright library. Fell in love with vintage magazine covers and ads. Just don't make 'em like they used to!!
:)
Holiday_68

holiday '68

Moma

These are brilliant, thanks for sharing. I can feel a palette coming on..

AlexandraTheGreat410

I wish that magazine covers nowadays looked this cool!
Team

allisonsilber

LOVE these palettes! Thanks for sharing

circeus wrote:
Oh my! So much palettable stuff here!
American_Craft
Le_Fou_Rire
House_Beautiful
Fortune
Bazars_Giraffe
ICON
All_about_art
Elephant
The_Motorist
Team

allisonsilber

love these designs from Life magazine! Brilliant

hana* wrote:

hi dear Allison !
wow. nice collection. very very very interesting and fun !

i love the design of the cover and there layout. they make very good inspiration. * happy *
good design always looks great. ageless treasures.

hana*

FYI : a bunch of my favorites !


my favorites

Life Magazine - Feb.1926 - Artist: John Held Jr.
Life Magazine - Sep.1928 - Artist: Russell Patterson
Vogue - Feb. 1917 - Artist: Unknown
Life Magazine - Feb.1922 - Artist: Frank X. Leyendecker
Vogue - Jul. 1935 - Artist: Cecil Beaton

Team

allisonsilber

I agree. I guess photos are just easier?? Very cool to see this rare style.

ssign99 wrote:
the old style magz are wonderful! it's unfortunate that rare to see in on now :(
Team

allisonsilber

WOW! That is amazing, thanks for sharing
pique wrote:
Used to work in the periodicals of a copyright library. Fell in love with vintage magazine covers and ads. Just don't make 'em like they used to!!
:)
Holiday_68

holiday '68

blagh

The second magazine is 'Le Sourire' - it means 'the Smile' in French :)

circeus wrote:
Oh my! So much palettable stuff here!
American_Craft
Le_Fou_Rire
House_Beautiful
Fortune
Bazars_Giraffe
ICON
All_about_art
Elephant
The_Motorist

circeus

blagh wrote:
The second magazine is 'Le Sourire' - it means 'the Smile' in French :)


I speak French, I know what sourire means. I just didn't read that "s" correctly. I've decided not to change it, but thanks for pointing it out!

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