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You! Be Inspired! – Creative Use of Typography in Magazine Covers

by . September 12th, 2012

No matter how popular digital media today, print is still one of the best places to showcase various creative awesomeness. One common application is through designing magazines. And to make an iconic magazine issue is not just by creating awesome inside stories but most especially in maximizing creativity in the cover design.

The typical design we usually see on magazine covers are a combination of the usual design elements such as text, logo, photographs and other graphics. However some magazines covers can stand out by using only one of these elements like the use of typography alone. How come? Then lets take a look on various examples we collected to showcase how typography combined with a creative concept, effects and brilliant composition can create a unique  design for a magazine cover.

 

Fukt Magazine (Germany) | Art direction and design: Ariane Spanier
Editor: Bjorn Hegardt | Source

 

The Guitar Magazine (US) | Source

 

Idealog (New Zealand) | Editor: Hazel Phillips | Art direction: Aimee Carruthers | Source

 

Jetzt (Germany) | Art direction: Joanna Swistowski | Source

 

Billboard (US) | Creative Director: Andrew Horton | Source

 

The Guardian Guide (UK) | Source

 

2 days to go: Wallpaper | Design by Studio Frith | Source

 

100 issues Vogue Portugal | Art director José Santana | Source

 

Sport (UK) | Art Director: John Mahood | Design: Will Jack | Source

 

Italian Wall (Rolling Stone Magazine) | Source

 

IL (Italy) | Art Director: Francesco Franchi | Source

 

Metropoli (Spain) | Ace Art Direction by Rodrigo Sánchez | Source

 

NY Times Mag | Designed by Sean Freeman | Source

 

Popular Mechanics (US) | Design Director: Michael Lawton | Source

 

New York Times Mag | Type Illustration: Mike Lemanski | Source

 

Metropoli | Ace Art Direction: Rodrigo Sánchez | Source

 

ShortList Magazine | Source

 

Bloomberg Businessweek | Creative Director: Richard Turley | Source

 

Punkt | Publisher: Rino Borini | Source

 

Open Skies | Sweet type by Mitch Blunt  | Source

 

Style Arts | Source

 

Metrópoli | Ace Art Direction: Rodrigo Sánchez | Source

 

This Magazine | Artwork by Hyein Lee | Source

 

Gym Class Magazine | Source

 

ESPN Magazine | Source

 

Time Magazine | Source

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kerby is an online marketer who has a keen eye in print design and creative artworks. When not at work, he spends most of his time in completing his sketchbooks with doodles and illustrations from anything that inspires him to draw. He is an avid fan of Japanese Anime, manga and some comic book characters. Check out his illustration blog and portfolio for more info.

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