You can expect at least some of these to return in my top ten of 2011.
Crossed-out text: “How are you going to live. How do you make the right decisions? Will your relationship survive leaving school? You don’t have an idea what you want to be either? Are you too much of a coward to get started in your dream job? How do you tie a tie? Is it ok to be Facebook friends with one’s teacher? What do you have to know to live in a shared flat?”
Circled text: “You decide what you want. Start with joy.”
I like this very much. Their fashion-literate readership will instantly recognise the mouth (just in case you don’t), and there’s a good, feature-led reason to draw attention to it. Add in the bright, unusual colours, and you have a lovely Rocky Horror/Samuel Beckett tribute cover.
Colourful geometric pattern made personal.
Just the right sense of urban recklessness for Vice‘s readership.
Little White Lies continues to experiment while remaining true to their basic, successful cover aesthetic. I hope they never lead with a photograph.
Finally, two image-led bonus links:
The above photo by Richard Avedon was the first full-page picture ever to appear in the New Yorker, in 1992. I learned this while reading about how the New Yorker is saying goodbye to its talented Visuals Editor Elisabeth Biondi with tributes by some of their contributors/staff. (She’s not dead, just moving on.) There’s also a great interview with her here about her history and philosophy.
This is the greatest magazine rejection letter I’ve seen. (Source; thanks Kate.)