Are You a Cover Junkie?
The old saying goes: Don’t judge a book by its cover. I believe it’s a great metaphor to human nature because our first impression on people is often based entirely on the way they look, and we all know, our judgement can be absolutely wrong. When it comes to books …
The old saying goes: Don’t judge a book by its cover. I believe it’s a great metaphor to human nature because our first impression on people is often based entirely on the way they look, and we all know, our judgement can be absolutely wrong. When it comes to books (and magazines), I’m not so sure I pay close attention to the old saying as I judge—and quire harshly—books and magazines by their covers. Many times, I stop myself from buying them because I don’t like the cover, while on the other hand, sometimes I would buy them because I love the cover so much although I’m not even interested in the subject. For instance, I once bought an issue of a skateboard/surfing magazine which, I assure you, not only have I never done either of these activities but I have zero interest in them.
Perhaps because I’m a graphic designer I show no mercy when judging design, the same way that as a Venezuelan, I’m a ruthless judge of my own country. Regardless of whether I love or hate a cover, I still look at all of them for research, inspiration, or simply to learn from other designer’s mistakes. So, when I found Cover Junkie, it was both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because now I have one place I can go to find endless magazine covers from all around the world. And a curse, because it adds on to the websites I use for procrastinating… I know…
One of the interesting things about covers is that regardless of their level of success (as a design solution), their goal is the same: to stand out and sell the story to their target audience.
Today, I selected a few I found interesting to share. I hope you enjoy the mix of styles, and visit the site.
Going through the website, I found many issues attempting to recreate women’s genitalia without actually photographing or illustrating it. This one was the cleverest (the title actually reads, “Take a closer look to the female genitalia”).