Around the faucethead studios you can always find an assortment of magazines. The contents of the glossies range from outdoor sports, business, travel, interior design, print production, fine art and even some pop culture fluff, but the ones that become staples on the studio coffee table all have one thing in common: a beautiful cover. Though you should never judge by a cover (as they say) we know a well-designed first impression gets us every time. We’re not lucky enough to own all the beauties below, but here are ten magazine covers that made us stop, look a little closer and say “I wish I had made that!”
1 // Playboy November 2013
Those red lips, that smoldering match and the barely-visible tooth gap make this composition perfect. Maybe not the most office appropriate publication, but who are we to judge?
2 // Bloomberg Businessweek November 11-17, 2013
Great illustration and watercolor details are a faucethead favorite. The Twitter bird has never looked better. (Psst… follow our adventures on Twitter here.)
3 // The Gentlewoman Spring + Summer 2011
The Gentlewoman covers can be spotted a mile away. Solid background colors, a simple black and white portrait, black text and the best content. Definitely a publication worth checking out.
4 // UPPERCASE Spring 2009
This UPPERCASE cover was one of the first to grace the faucethead studio when I first joined the team. While the design is beautiful, the rich paper and content make it even better.
5 // Collect December 2011
It’s no secret that simplicity and color are two ideas that faucethead fully supports. Collect magazine delivers in both areas with every issue cover.
6 // Seventeen July 1949
Symmetry? Color? Pattern? Awesome. I can’t say we feel the same way about the content, though. Unless, of course, you’re looking for instructions for advanced square dance steps.
7 // W December/January 2013
This cover, featuring Mr. Clooney, was just a hint of the feature inside. Check out the whole thing here and understand why we love this cover so much.
8 // Variety June 2014
Using double exposure to show actors and their most famous characters, Variety magazine and photographer Peter Hapak, definitely caught our attention.
9 // Esquire June 1965
Oh, Mr, Connery, you really are something.
10 // The New Yorker September 24, 2001
In the weeks following 9/11 this cover was one of the most poignant. Printed on black paper with black ink, the publication is one that must truly be seen in person to appreciate.