I was the design director at Entertainment Weekly from 1994-96. With the help of Florian Bachleda, Elizabeth Betts, George Karabotsos, and Mark Michaelson, we produced over 100 covers. Here’s a random batch of them. Fans of the design and imagery of EW should not miss For the Love of … Entertainment Weekly, the big Society of Publication Designers event on September 30 in NYC.

1970s-80s covers of Folio magazine, art directed by Steve Phillips.

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It’s a happy day, because there’s a new issue of Anorak, “The Happy Mag for Kids.” Cover illustration: Dan Woodger.

It’s a happy day, because there’s a new issue of Anorak, “The Happy Mag for Kids.” Cover illustration: Dan Woodger.

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Happy Birthday, John Coltrane

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Happy Birthday, John Coltrane

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Entertainment Weekly, 1995 Year-End Special issue. Art director: Florian Bachleda, design director: Robert Newman.
For the Contents page of the Entertainment Weekly year-end issue in 1995, art director Florian Bachleda assigned an illustrated 1995 A to Z, featuring 27 top illustrators, each drawing a letter (the 27th was Paul Corio, who drew the title panel). This was a riff on an illustration series that Corio did when we were all at the Village Voice. Illustrators include: S.B. Whitehead, Bob Eckstein, Kaz, J.D. King, Steve Cerio, Josh Gosfield, Anita Kunz, David Coulson, Barry Blitt, Drew Friedman, Ross MacDonald, Kim Roberson, Calef Brown, Stephen Kroninger, Hanoch Piven, Lynda Barry, Hungry Dog Studios, Scott Menchin, Danny Hellman, Sue Coe, Frances Jetter, David Cowles, Eric Palma, Gary Panter, Mark Matcho, and Michael Dougan, plus Paul Corio on the title panel.
Fans of Entertainment Weekly's visual legacy will not want to miss For the Love of … Entertainment Weekly, the historic gathering of all seven EW design directors on September 30 in NYC, hosted by the Society of Publication Designers. Tickets are going fast!

Entertainment Weekly, 1995 Year-End Special issue. Art director: Florian Bachleda, design director: Robert Newman.

For the Contents page of the Entertainment Weekly year-end issue in 1995, art director Florian Bachleda assigned an illustrated 1995 A to Z, featuring 27 top illustrators, each drawing a letter (the 27th was Paul Corio, who drew the title panel). This was a riff on an illustration series that Corio did when we were all at the Village Voice. Illustrators include: S.B. Whitehead, Bob Eckstein, Kaz, J.D. King, Steve Cerio, Josh Gosfield, Anita Kunz, David Coulson, Barry Blitt, Drew Friedman, Ross MacDonald, Kim Roberson, Calef Brown, Stephen Kroninger, Hanoch Piven, Lynda Barry, Hungry Dog Studios, Scott Menchin, Danny Hellman, Sue Coe, Frances Jetter, David Cowles, Eric Palma, Gary Panter, Mark Matcho, and Michael Dougan, plus Paul Corio on the title panel.

Fans of Entertainment Weekly's visual legacy will not want to miss For the Love of … Entertainment Weekly, the historic gathering of all seven EW design directors on September 30 in NYC, hosted by the Society of Publication Designers. Tickets are going fast!

Entertainment Weekly, circa 1995. Photograph: Chris Buck, designer: Florian Bachleda, typography: David Coulson, design director: Robert Newman. 
This homage to classic R&B posters was created by Florian Bachleda and David Coulson to accompany a photograph of Al Green by photographer Chris Buck. Coulson referenced both his and my collection of vintage posters (I have a copy of the Al Green poster that this is based on, taken off a telephone poll in Seattle in the mid-1970s). The typography, graphics, and illustrations by Coulson were all hand-done. Fans of Entertainment Weekly's visual legacy will not want to miss For the Love of … Entertainment Weekly, the historic gathering of all seven EW design directors on September 30 in NYC, hosted by the Society of Publication Designers. Tickets are going fast! 

Entertainment Weekly, circa 1995. Photograph: Chris Buck, designer: Florian Bachleda, typography: David Coulson, design director: Robert Newman.

This homage to classic R&B posters was created by Florian Bachleda and David Coulson to accompany a photograph of Al Green by photographer Chris Buck. Coulson referenced both his and my collection of vintage posters (I have a copy of the Al Green poster that this is based on, taken off a telephone poll in Seattle in the mid-1970s). The typography, graphics, and illustrations by Coulson were all hand-done.

Fans of Entertainment Weekly's visual legacy will not want to miss For the Love of … Entertainment Weekly, the historic gathering of all seven EW design directors on September 30 in NYC, hosted by the Society of Publication Designers. Tickets are going fast! 

Entertainment Weekly, January 20, 1995
I was the design director of Entertainment Weekly from 1994-96. Back in the day, we had big budgets for printing and production values, and too much time on our hands. Thanks to my production magazine pal Sue Barnett, we used to do a lot of experimenting on press with 5th and 6th color inks, metallics, and all kinds of creative uses of varnish. This Star Trek Voyager cover featured not only a metallic ink for the headline, but what we used to refer to as “5th color white.” We challenged the printer to come up with a white ink that would add special gloss to the logo. Of course they were probably only humoring us (you can imagine the conversation that went on at the print shop), but they claimed that they had cooked up a mix of ink and varnish to make that elusive 5th color white. It debuted here in the logo.
Don’t miss For the Love of…..Entertainment Weekly, the historic gathering of all seven EW design directors, September 30 in NYC. It’s hosted by the Society of Publication Designers and will feature former EW editor (and current People editor) Jess Cagle as moderator, along with a special tribute to former EW DD Amid Capeci. Tickets here (and they’re going fast).

Entertainment Weekly, January 20, 1995

I was the design director of Entertainment Weekly from 1994-96. Back in the day, we had big budgets for printing and production values, and too much time on our hands. Thanks to my production magazine pal Sue Barnett, we used to do a lot of experimenting on press with 5th and 6th color inks, metallics, and all kinds of creative uses of varnish. This Star Trek Voyager cover featured not only a metallic ink for the headline, but what we used to refer to as “5th color white.” We challenged the printer to come up with a white ink that would add special gloss to the logo. Of course they were probably only humoring us (you can imagine the conversation that went on at the print shop), but they claimed that they had cooked up a mix of ink and varnish to make that elusive 5th color white. It debuted here in the logo.

Don’t miss For the Love of…..Entertainment Weekly, the historic gathering of all seven EW design directors, September 30 in NYC. It’s hosted by the Society of Publication Designers and will feature former EW editor (and current People editor) Jess Cagle as moderator, along with a special tribute to former EW DD Amid Capeci. Tickets here (and they’re going fast).

I love my new copy of Gym Class magazine, in its cool new zine format and size. Cover interview with Wyatt Mitchell, creative director of The New Yorker (by me!). Get copies here.

I love my new copy of Gym Class magazine, in its cool new zine format and size. Cover interview with Wyatt Mitchell, creative director of The New Yorker (by me!). Get copies here.

New cover of Foreign Policy
Creative director: Lindsay Ballant
Illustrator: Ian Wright

New cover of Foreign Policy

Creative director: Lindsay Ballant

Illustrator: Ian Wright
Entertainment Weekly, April 22, 1994
Tickets are selling out for the upcoming Society of Publication Designers summit meeting of Entertainment Weekly design directors! For the Love of….Entertainment Weekly will be held  September 30 in NYC, and will feature all seven EW design directors from the magazine’s 25-year history. It’s an epic publication design event, and will feature much fun, inspiration, visuals, and a few surprises, too. Tickets here.

Entertainment Weekly, April 22, 1994

Tickets are selling out for the upcoming Society of Publication Designers summit meeting of Entertainment Weekly design directors! For the Love of….Entertainment Weekly will be held September 30 in NYC, and will feature all seven EW design directors from the magazine’s 25-year history. It’s an epic publication design event, and will feature much fun, inspiration, visuals, and a few surprises, too. Tickets here.