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Behind the April Cover

In thinking about the April cover, the famous Philip Johnson expression, "galloping off in all directions" comes to mind. We explored ideas for three of the six features, and even considered turning a front-of-the-book story on Muji into a feature…

Behind the March Cover

She'd been a designer at Rolling Stone for fifteen years, she knew how to make something stand out in Times Square, and she received the AIGA medal last year. Why not ask her to design the March cover? Well, not…

Behind the February Cover

Maybe we should have an intern who just works on education metaphors, because we seem to need at least one a year. After two rounds with an outside designer who decided he wasn't right for us, various holidays, and three…

Behind the Cover - December

This month, the cover debate came down to the wire-not because we were having trouble finding something that worked but because we had two strong contenders. Internally we designed a straightforward direction-a building and a hybrid engine joined together-to represent…

Behind the Cover - September

      We were impressed with Volume when we collaborated with them on the February 2007 cover. So when we wanted a San Francisco-based graphic-design team to work on our September cover, they seemed like the obvious choice. When…

Behind the Cover- July

The alternate cover, pictured above. "Some ideas come and go, others just won't go away," associate art director Dungjai Pungauthaikan says about the design of this month's cover. "For quite some time, we'd been toying with the imagery produced by…

Behind The Cover - June

When we received the contact sheets from our photographer, Anna Knott, we were excited about the possibility of putting Jeanne Gang and her Aqua tower on the cover. But the art department couldn't get any shot to work by itself,…

Behind the Cover- April

We knew the cover would center around Alice Waters and our story on four famous chefs discussing the design of their professional kitchens. The conceit was clear, but consensus was not. The art and editorial departments were split over how…

Behind the Cover- March

We tried to collaborate with Peter Mendelsund last year but ran into scheduling conflicts. Then I saw five of his book covers at the AIGA’s 50/50 exhibition, and it reminded me to reach out to him again. We asked him…

Behind the Cover- February

This month’s cover features British designer Tom Dixon. He sits in his Wingback chair inside Shoreditch House, a space he designed in London. There was the typical difficulty in setting up an overseas shoot during the holidays. But once the…