What makes a good magazine cover design? A good cover
attracts attention to the magazine and gives the reader an
idea of the contents. Sometimes it sets the tone for the entire
issue, defining a graphic style for the pages inside. Individual
photographers and illustrators, working with the art director
or editor, create the artwork that is so important to the
overall look and appeal of individual magazines.
Like posters of the period, the
covers used simple, powerful images to convey clear messages.
A number of the cover artists also produced posters and other
artwork. For the United We Stand campaign, artists and designers
worked to create visually exciting covers that combined the
patriotic symbolism of the flag with the distinctive style
and subject of each magazine. To learn more, look behind the
designs of these July 1942 covers.