The cover reads, "The Qu'ran is crap. It does not stop bullets. The cover satirizes two popular movies at the time , "The Intouchables," a French film about a paralyzed rich white man who hires a poor black man to take care of him, and "Innocence of Muslims," a controversial anti-Islamic movie that was credited as the spark to the Benghazi Attack.
The cover features an Orthodox Jewish man pushing a Muslim man in a wheelchair. The caption reads, "Don't mock! In , just months after the Sept. The cover says, "TF1's latest in reality TV" and features a crucified Jesus yelling, "I'm a celebrity — get me out of here! The headline reads, "The Pope goes too far. The cover features a Jew, the Pope, and an Islamic fundamentalist all shouting, "Charlie Hebdo must be veiled! This cover came three years after massive student riots in The cartoon reads, "Vote stupid World globe An icon of the world globe, indicating different international options.
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In the ethereal world of digital media, printed magazines continue to offer something concrete, a tangible representation of a collaboration between editors, artists, designers and writers. As Time magazine's design director, D. The power is that we take the time and energy to craft the image, and you have something to hold in your hands.
On a bright day in March, Mouly glances over sketches on her desk as light pours in from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The Paris native has a delicate French accent, a soft voice just loud enough for my recorder to pick up. Her office walls are draped with cover art, from iconic covers like " View of the World from 9th Avenue " to sketches that never made it to print.
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One cover beside the window stands out: two dark towers silhouetted against a black background, indistinguishable from the surrounding space until further inspection. The September 11 cover, published two weeks after the attacks, is one Mouly didn't want to do at first. My world was upside down.
The Sept. At its best, a cover has the ability to capture a moment in time, but also transcend that moment. It is both timely and timeless, news and art that weighs on our emotions long after the magazine stand is restocked. We have a phenomenal record of the past 90 years.
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Time was founded in In the following decades, magazines diversified, with The Face debuting in , Entertainment Weekly in , Wired in The late s and s brought about the digital revolution. But while newspapers have suffered steep declines amid the ride of the Internet, magazines are another story. Across the industry, subscriptions are down, but the picture is more complicated than the overarching numbers suggest. About new titles launched in , up from in , according to database MediaFinder. While some legacy publications are struggling to keep their readers, magazines like Glamour, Parents and Better Homes and Gardens all reported increases in paid and verified circulation from to This is not to say, however, that the rise of the digital sphere has had no effect on magazines.
But it has not supplanted the printed word. The introduction of tablets and ereaders was supposed to " revive the industry. But the tablet didn't replace the magazine. The problem was that in order for magazines to work on digital devices, the publications had to completely redesign their magazine for that platform.
They needed to invest significant time, money and resources into creating a new kind of product tailored to the tablet -- to make it a new and original experience for the reader. Instead, they just reproduced the print product in what you might describe as a glorified PDF. Part of the problem was technological. But tablet magazines simply failed to replicate the experience of browsing through covers on a newsstand. Publishers have gotten smarter as the Internet has taken a social turn. Rather than replicating the print cover, they are investing resources in designing for digital platforms -- and bringing readers inside the process.
In the digital age, the magazine cover has become a separate entity, no longer necessarily attached to the rest of the magazine. Digital did for the magazine cover what it did for articles -- it gave them a life of their own.
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Indeed, cover images are getting into the hands of readers faster than ever before. The print cover is finalized on a Wednesday, and the digital staff then only has a few hours to recreate the cover for the iPhone and iPad editions. Mouly and her team typically talk about the inspiration behind the art and the steps that led to the final product.
Bloomberg Businessweek is doing it as well. The series brings readers into the design room, giving them an open, often funny look at how each cover is made:. She brought up the now-famous Bert and Ernie cover artist Jack Hunter designed for the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. Online, the cover got more than million impressions across the world, Mouly said.
The Internet allows magazines to be distributed farther than ever before. With its own URL, tweets and retweets, sharing on Facebook -- the cover keeps going. And going. In other words, the Internet is giving magazine covers something they never had before: the ability to go viral. I n January, Newsweek released what became one of its most controversial covers to date: "What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women," an exploration of sexism in the tech industry.
The cover showed a faceless woman who has a large black cursor lifting her short dress. The cover was lambasted for being sexist and garnered more attention than the article itself. Whereas the cover used to represent -- and was inextricably linked to -- the story it teased, today the cover is often all we see. Whether tweeted out or posted on Instagram, cover images are standalone pieces of culture that often become more known than the underlying story.
Wired is experimenting with different methods of replicating the cover experience in a digital format.
Other magazines, like The New Yorker and Time, are experimenting with publishing different covers in print and online. The New Yorker, for instance, experimented with its first GIF cover in October, which depicted a taxi in the rain with drops cascading across the screen.
Mouly said she hopes that after seeing the digital cover, readers will look at the print cover with fresh eyes. In March, the magazine created a cover featuring a fully animated origami rose by Christoph Neimann.
As iPods forced designers to reimagine album art, apps and the Internet have changed the definition of a great magazine cover. They have to look as good on an Instagram post as they do on your local newsstand.