5 essential cover design tips

Designing a successful magazine cover is a tricky business. It's the part of any magazine that the most amount of time is dedicated to, not to mention the element that it is subjected to the most scrutiny. There are many different approaches to cover design depending on which sector your title sits in, but for the sake of these tips we'll be focusing mainly on consumer titles where the cover has to work a lot harder and can be the difference between a successful issue or a complete flop.

It's no secret that the newsstand is a volatile place to do business in these days and although there are giant stalwarts like Vogue that will outlive us all, and a raft of Indie success stories like 'The Gentlewoman' and 'Monocle', the common story within the consumer sector is that of decline. With an oversaturated and highly competitive market its never been more important to standout and engage with your audience.

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