Despite the old age saying of not judging a book by its cover, we are all guilty of it. For a magazine, whether mass produced or independent, the cover is its face. It’s entire identity, essence and vibe are instilled on a mere rectangle, ready for the world to see. From a historical viewpoint, any magazine cover has the potential to become iconic, or even become ground-breaking. They not only represent a cumulative point in time, but they have ability to inspire generations. Furthermore, in a world where everything is going digital, a beautiful magazine moonlights as a beautiful physical object. There is no coincidence that millennials are becoming increasingly willing to pay for vintage magazines.
Here are The Kaleidoscope’s picks of the most innovative, interesting magazine covers.