Magazine Cover/Layout

You are to design for the New Yorker Magazine:

  1. a front cover  illustration and layout. 10.25″ H x 7.75″ W
  2. one spread layout with illustration. 10.25″ H x 15.5″ W

The cover should have some relation to the spread. The cover is commonly reproduced, cropped or expanded in a dramatic way, on the spread. It is presented with the written article.

You MUST create a grid that mirrors the pages of those publications.
We should know immediately which magazine you are creating by style, columns, justified type, alone.

Cover to match:

  1. Masthead-

Spread Styling to match:

  1. font
  2. grid columns,
  3. illustrations,
  4. color
  5. and image type.

The easiest way to do this is to get a issue of the magazine. Also, please note that you may not use lorem ipsum (gibberish type) for layout. Copy what you like as relevant text.

Justified Type

Honor justified type: Justified type goes all the way across a line and doesn’t cut the word in half, nor create massive gaps between words or funny kerning. It is an art form in itself: this article gives specific steps to follow.  With a little bit of research you can either download the appropriate font or at least get close. The New Yorker just changed their layout so be sure to note which one you are doing. You are required to choose one.

A copy of the magazine is indispensible as pages with advertisements have a different grid usage than those that do not. The one pictured below is the old layout style.  I’ll show you some of the basics of how to do this in InDesign so be sure to hang out if you want to check it out. The cover for the New Yorker is famous for its humor and poignancy.

Try and come up with something topical and contemporary. The article copy can come from an article from another source. Notice in this example that the copy comes from a F. Scott Fitzgerald piece. Which means that it is written decades ago, and is being reprinted here. In order to do this you’d need to find something fresh in the news.

New Yorker Ad Specifications

You will be able to isolate and reproduce the Masthead logo for the New Yorker using a combination of Photoshop and Illustrator’s Trace function: High resolution New Yorker cover 1, 2

Here is a link to a typeface modelled after the New Yorker.\ It can be used for the Disply type- masthead and headlines.

Adobe Caslon is used for the body copy.

10 points

Do the following tasks:

  1. Find an article that is of interest to you. Pick one that has a compelling title which will be suitable to accompany a form of your cover illustration in the spread.
  2. Research inspiring covers and spreads. Place these into your case study, one (or more) page for each: inspiring covers, inspiring spreads. Perhaps add a page of inspiring illustrations regardless of application (non covers or spreads).
  3. Brainstorm concepts for the cover illustration. Discuss whether Photoshop (raster) or Illustrator (vector) or by hand is more appropriate as an illustration tool for your concepts.
  4. You will create a cover illustration for the New Yorker magazine. Decide on the illustration concept and execute it. The illustration may be done by hand, with paper/media and scanned and enhanced. It may be created entirely in Illustrator, or some combination of Photoshop and Illustrator elements. The cover should not incorporate photography and must be entirely your concept and creation.
  5. You will create a layout of a two page spread for the feature article in the New Yorker magazine. Recreate the layout of the New Yorker spread in InDesign with Facing Pages (spreads) turned on. In this way, you can compose a spread across two pages. The spread should not incorporate photography and must be entirely your concept and creation.
  6. Create the needed pages of your InDesign case study to include sketching, brainstorming necessary to create your final cover and spread.
  7. Output a .pdf for review on Instructor/smansfield/Public, and a package to submit to Instructor/smansfield/Dropbox.


Week 4: Project introduction. Photoshop selections basics.

Week 5: Photoshop layers, lab time. Research assigned- gather research images of past New Yorker magazine covers and spreads. Begin sketching ideas. Arrive to class week 6 with a folder containing these research and sketch items.

Week 6: Photoshop painting logic and method. Illustrator tools and techniques. lab time in class.
Start InDesign case study in class. Type, packaging review
Peer critique.

Week 7: InDesign review. Lab time in class. Peer critique.

Week 8: Printout Round Robin. Peer critique and markup of prints

Week 9: Project Due at beginning of class.



spread NewYorker2 copy
NewYorker3 copy