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100 Years Of Popular Magazine Cover Evolution

Published 4 years ago

Time changes everything, including magazine covers! Karen X. Chang and Jerry Gabra took a look how magazines change over the years. The New Yorker has remained almost the same, with covers that hardly betray their year. Times seems to have understood the timelessness of their red rectangle and have stuck with it. Meanwhile, fashion and women’s magazines are all going for more explicit pictures with more and more text.

Karen X. Chang writes that she “makes viral videos and explainer videos for startups.” “The magazine cover’s job is to sell the magazine — it has to stand out in a rack full of other magazines. So the design starts to get louder and louder” she stated in her Medium article. Jerry Gabra is a product design consultant in San Fracisco. I wonder if his insights have anything to do with the article!

More info: karenx.com | facebook | instagram | jerrygabra.is (h/t: medium)

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Cosmopolitan 1939 – 2015

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Time 1925 – 2010

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Vogue 1950 – 2015

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GQ 1962 – 2015

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Vanity Fair 1915 – 2015

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The New Yorker 1925 – 2015

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National Geographic 1896 – 2015

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Martynas Klimas

Writes like a mad dervish, rolls to dodge responsibility, might have bitten the Moon once.

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change, Cosmopolitan, cover evolution, GQ, Jerry Gabra, Karen X. Chang, Magazine, Magazine cover evolution, Magazine covers, National Geographic, The New Yorker, time, Vanity Fair, Vogue
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