100 Years Of Popular Magazine Cover Evolution
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!
Cosmopolitan 1939 – 2015
Time 1925 – 2010
Vogue 1950 – 2015
GQ 1962 – 2015
Vanity Fair 1915 – 2015
The New Yorker 1925 – 2015
National Geographic 1896 – 2015