How to design a striking magazine cover

Designing a successful magazine cover is tricky at the best of times but when you’re a consumer magazine trying to vie for attention on a packed newsstand then it’s of the utmost importance that your cover works as hard as it possibly can to stand out.

Through the next five stages I’ll dissect a recent T3 magazine cover that I designed, outlining the process that not only I but we as a team went through to achieve the finished result.

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Luke is a creative director, visual designer and digital artist, who works at THG Studios in Manchester as creative director of beauty. He previously worked for Future Publishing, where he was art editor of leading magazines such as Guitarist, T3 and Computer Arts.