Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Time Out Covers

Time Out never used to be just a listings magazine. In the 1970s it was politically engaging, passionate about fringe arts and the cinema, and had great covers. Pierce Marchbank joined Time Out in the early 70s and promptly redesigned the TO logo (which is still being used today), then went on to produce brilliantly imaginative covers (on a weekly basis) for over a decade.

Nowadays magazines suffer from what Marchbank has called the 'Cosmopolitan disease' – the contents page splashed all over the cover. There's no sense of mystery as to what's in a magazine, and with many magazines featuring the same star of the month, covers all look identical.

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