Uncategorized - Parachute® on Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Typography is an art, a rather eloquent way to transform the message into something visible, well, typography is a language on its own. Having said that we felt the need to refresh our memories with what we consider the most stunning, the most iconic, the most smart, stylish, rough, tough, to the point or to the edge magazine covers of 2012.

Magazines are entities. The image, the logo, the lettering, the font are their distinct  characteristics that signalize the diversity of these products. What makes these covers special, you might wonder? Well, apart from the fact that typography plays a  leading role, they have great impact on readers, their composition stands out, they are fresh, crisp, they are contemporary, they define or they enclose trends.

Typography is an awe-inspiring weapon which, whilst communicating the identity of the magazine, finally stands out. It is rather amazing how the potential viewer and hopefully reader of a magazine can capture the feeling of each issue’s direction, by it’s cover. Whether it is about design or economics, food or fashion and anything in between the effective, strong and direct typographic compositions of our review is our way of promoting the importance of being inspired. Have a very merry typeface parachuters. The show is on.

A Matter Of Feeling

When rather the feeling and not the legibility of the lettering is the priority, the combination of typographic installations, still life photography and fonts create a feeling for the paper canvas of our times.

The New York Times
Art Director: Gail Bichler
Designers: Hilary Greenbaum,Sara Cywnar,Drea Zianabitnig

Fukt
Art direction and design: Ariane Spanier

The New York Times
Art director: Gail Bichler
Designers: Hilary Greenbaum, Sara Cywnar, Drea Zlanabitnig

Suddeutsche Zeitung Magazine
Art director: Thomas Kartsolis
Design: Daniel Schnitterbaum, Birthe Steinbeck, Anna Meyer

Metropoli
Creative director: Rodrigo Sanchez

DISTRO
Creative director: Jeremy LaCroix
Art director: Greg Grabowy
Illustrator: Judah Sher

Metropoli
Creative director: Rodrigo Sanchez

Metropoli
Creative director: Rodrigo Sanchez

Of Chalk And Men

Different styles of chalky, sketchy, calligraphic or even rough handmade typography covering the whole page or engaging dynamically with the main photo creating powerful impact.

Bloomberg Businessweek
Creative Direction: Richard Turley
Art Director: Robert Vargas
Designers: Maayan Pearl, Lee Wilson, Chandra Illick and Shawn Hasto
Illustrator: Sarah King

Time
Artwork: Dana Tanamachi

Milwaukee
Art director: Kathryn Lavey

OC weekly
Art Director: Laila Derakhshanian
Illustrator: Shauna Panczyszyn

Idealog
Art Direction: Aimee Carruthers

Cincinnati
Illustration: Joel Holland

Little White Lies
Illustrator: Francesca Hotchin

Snowboarder
Art director: Chris Noble
Photo editor: Ryan Hughes

Washingtonian
Creative Director: Michael Goesele
Photograph: Scott Suchman
Hand Lettering: Jon Contin

Behind Closed Doors

Clear typographic compositions using various styles (swashes, infographic elements, 3D illustrations) in order to express effectively the story behind the cover.

Bloomberg Businessweek
Creative director: Richard Turley
Art director: Robert Vargas
Designers: Maayan Pearl, Lee Wilson, Chandra Illick and Shawn Hasto

Bloomberg Businessweek
Creative Direction: Richard Turley
Art Director: Robert Vargas
Designers: Maayan Pearl, Lee Wilson, Chandra Illick, Shawn Hastol
Illustrators: Craig and Carl

Modus
Art Director: Christie Ferdinando
Illustrator: Jing Zhang

The Importance Of Being Earnest

Straight to the point typographic compositions where simplicity meets the basics of the typography aiming directly to deliver the message to the readers.

IL
Design: Francesco Franchi

Sports Illustrated
Creative Director: Christopher Hercik

Conde Nast Traveller
Creative Director: Christopher Hercik
Design Director: Rob Hewitt

TIME
Creative director: D.W.Pine

The Bold And The Beautiful

Bold typography using several techniques, such as dramatical collages and agressive colour palette.

Bloomberg Businessweek
Creative Direction: Richard Turley
Art Director: Robert Vargas
Designers: Maayan Pearl, Lee Wilson, Chandra Illick, Shawn Hasto
Illustration: Tracy Ma

Metropoli
Creative director: Rodrigo Sanchez

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