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January 11, 2013
newsweek:

This week’s Newsweek cover is animated! 
(Big h/t to GIF-master Dianna McDougall for GIF-ing this cover.)
The cover story is about the (very likely) last government-funded human expedition to the depths of the ocean. In the future, machines! We sent reporter Tony Dukoupil out to investigate the robot takeover. 
The cover is animated exclusively in the iPad issue, because, y’know, paper don’t animate.

Paper still wins on the folding front, though.

newsweek:

This week’s Newsweek cover is animated! 

(Big h/t to GIF-master Dianna McDougall for GIF-ing this cover.)

The cover story is about the (very likely) last government-funded human expedition to the depths of the ocean. In the future, machines! We sent reporter Tony Dukoupil out to investigate the robot takeover

The cover is animated exclusively in the iPad issue, because, y’know, paper don’t animate.

Paper still wins on the folding front, though.

12:58 // 1 year ago
December 12, 2012
hypervocal:

Surely this New York Post cover isn’t as unapologetically appalling as the NYC subway snuff film that graced the cover eight days ago, and this won’t get the same instinctual rebuke that cover did. But what’s up at the Post? When did they become Faces of Death? Go back to sex sells — this is ugly.
MORE HERE.

The New York Post: You hear about the deaths we were unable to stop, twelve hours after they happen. Seriously, WTF guys?

hypervocal:

Surely this New York Post cover isn’t as unapologetically appalling as the NYC subway snuff film that graced the cover eight days ago, and this won’t get the same instinctual rebuke that cover did. But what’s up at the Post? When did they become Faces of Death? Go back to sex sells — this is ugly.

MORE HERE.

The New York Post: You hear about the deaths we were unable to stop, twelve hours after they happen. Seriously, WTF guys?

9:04 // 1 year ago
May 2, 2012
11:05 // 2 years ago
February 16, 2012

timemagazine:

How do we choose our cover each week? TIME managing editor Rick Stengel describes the process on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. 

Because this keeps coming up. From the horse’s mouth.

19:23 // 2 years ago
timemagazine:

Next week’s cover features North Korea’s newest leader Kim Jong Un and hits newsstands Friday. Inside the issue we’ve got a great feature on NBA star Jeremy Lin, a look at the unexpected success of Rick Santorum and an appreciation of Whitney Houston.

Unless Kim Jong Un wore this getup (SFW, kinda) at the MTV VMAs, you can’t call him Lil’ Kim. EDIT: What could’ve been.

timemagazine:

Next week’s cover features North Korea’s newest leader Kim Jong Un and hits newsstands Friday. Inside the issue we’ve got a great feature on NBA star Jeremy Lin, a look at the unexpected success of Rick Santorum and an appreciation of Whitney Houston.

Unless Kim Jong Un wore this getup (SFW, kinda) at the MTV VMAs, you can’t call him Lil’ Kim. EDIT: What could’ve been.

10:42 // 2 years ago
February 14, 2012

newsweek:

Welcome to our first edition of the Newsweek also-rans, a brand new nwk tumblr feature from our friends in the art department!

Here’s Dirk Barnett, Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s Creative Director:

Every week we produce anywhere from 10-20 different cover ideas until we settle on what works best or as the story develops, so at the end of each week we wind up with a proverbial wastebasket full of scrapped concepts. 

The week’s cover, “The Politics of Sex,” is a perfect example to kick this off. These directions are a combination of ideas generated in-house and commissions to various illustrators, designers, studios, ad agencies, etc. This week, we tapped the creative minds at ad agency Hill Holiday and the design studio Dress Code, as well as renowned book designer Rodrigo Corral. Take a look at what’s left on our cutting room floor this week. Enjoy!

Here’s the cover that made newsstands this week. Which of the also-rans is your favorite?

[Design credits, from top left: Dress Code, Dress Code, Hill Holiday, Hill Holiday, Hill Holiday, Rodrigo Corral, Rodrigo Corral]

Are these covers better than the one that actually ran? Admit the one with the condom flag (bottom right) is kind of amazing.

14:07 // 2 years ago
February 2, 2012
imwithkanye:

Pictured above is an earlier version of the current cover of Bloomberg Businessweek. Richard Turley, the publication’s Creative Director (who is also on Tumblr), explains why his favorite version was scrapped: 

We tried two versions of our planes screwing cover. This was the other option which I really want to show people. I love it - probably more than I love the cover we went for. Love the woman covering her child’s eyes and the people going crazy in the control tower. But we thought (i think rightly) that the simplicity of the clouds cover made for a more direct, impactful cover.
You can also see that we were messing around with the livery on the front of the planes, trying to carve out some mouth shapes.. which didnt really work.
And this was before we added ‘romantic light’ to the scene…
Illustration by Justin Metz
(NB - The idea holds a debt of inspiration to this classic Economist cover)


Fans of plane porn, today is your lucky day.

imwithkanye:

Pictured above is an earlier version of the current cover of Bloomberg Businessweek. Richard Turley, the publication’s Creative Director (who is also on Tumblr), explains why his favorite version was scrapped: 

We tried two versions of our planes screwing cover. This was the other option which I really want to show people. I love it - probably more than I love the cover we went for. Love the woman covering her child’s eyes and the people going crazy in the control tower. But we thought (i think rightly) that the simplicity of the clouds cover made for a more direct, impactful cover.

You can also see that we were messing around with the livery on the front of the planes, trying to carve out some mouth shapes.. which didnt really work.

And this was before we added ‘romantic light’ to the scene…

Illustration by Justin Metz

(NB - The idea holds a debt of inspiration to this classic Economist cover)

Fans of plane porn, today is your lucky day.

12:02 // 2 years ago
newsweek:

Bloomberg Businessweek’s new cover: ”Airplanes having sex.”

Cover of the year: Airplane sex.

newsweek:

Bloomberg Businessweek’s new cover: ”Airplanes having sex.”

Cover of the year: Airplane sex.

11:26 // 2 years ago
December 15, 2011

imwithkanye:

expressafterdeadline:

The Anatomy of an Express Cover

So we chose this Associated Press story for tomorrow’s cover about how the poor state of the economy is forcing cash-strapped families to postpone gift giving until they can hit the crazy sales that come after the holidays. The story described how some parents will be leaving notes from Santa on December 25 instead of gifts, so one of our designers came up with the idea for a cover image depicting the plate for Santa’s cookies left behind with a sad memo in the crumbs.

He promptly grabbed leftover cookies from our holiday potluck on Tuesday and descended to the photo studio. The office agreed it was a quick, creative solution, but there was some discussion as to whether the idea was misleading. Was the plate left by hungry children who couldn’t resist pigging out therefore having to leave Santa an IOU? Why would Santa eat the cookies and not leave presents? Would people see it was ‘104’ instead of ‘IOU’?

In the end, as you can see here, the final cover was a cute, clever depiction of what the story was saying, but we couldn’t let all those cookies have been crumbled completely in vain. And it’s certainly not the last imperfect cover idea we’ll kill — and share with you.

Attn: Pioneerman.

Today in telling folks how the sausage is made — or more correctly in this case, how the cookie crumbles. Expect more fun stuff like this at the Express After Deadline Tumblr. (Disclosure: SFB editor Ernie Smith hangs his hat here — literally. He received a PBR hat during the paper’s recent Yankee Swap.)

20:08 // 2 years ago
December 6, 2011

How TIME Saved ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

timemagazine:

“In 1963, I did a documentary on Willie Mays, the world’s best baseball player and one on Charlie Brown, the world’s worst. We sold the Mays documentary, but never sold the Charlie Brown documentary. Three years later, TIME Magazine put the [Peanuts] characters on its cover and we got calls from advertisers and networks asking if we were still thinking of doing an animated show, and that’s what led us to A Charlie Brown Christmas.

We had done a couple of minutes of animation in the documentary but people said, “You can’t have kids who talk like adults.” We had given up, but when Coca-Cola called after the TIME cover they asked if we’d ever thought of doing a Christmas show and I lied and said, “Oh, absolutely.” So they asked us to send them an outline on Monday. I called Schulz on the phone and said, “I think I just sold A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and he said, “What’s that?” and I told him, “It’s something you’re going to write tomorrow.”

When we first did the Christmas special the network thought it was awful. There was a TIME Magazine writer who wanted to see it and they told me that I’d better not let him see it, but I said, “It’ll be worse if we don’t.” So I sit in the room alone with the TIME magazine critic as he watches and he doesn’t say a word, doesn’t take any notes, gets up and leaves. I said, “Oh my God, we’re dead.” Two days later the review came out and it was a whole page calling it the greatest cartoon ever made. I remember it saying, “it’s going to run for 100 years.” TIME Magazine saved our butts. Twice.”

- Longtime Peanuts TV specials producer Lee Mendelson in an interview with TIME

In which Time Magazine took a sparsely-decorated tree and made it shine.

12:30 // 2 years ago