Yesterday we heard word that Condé Nast would be closing Gourmet magazine after 69 years of monthly food and wine coverage. Over nearly seven decades as one of the foremost titles in food, Gourmet perfected the art of the minimalist cover, favoring one simple drawing or photo — but always enough to make our mouths water. Interestingly, sometimes the magazine favored a sketch of nature scene or travel photography, but there’s nothing like some well positioned filet mignon. See the complete slideshow of Gourmet‘s covers through the years here.
Robert Newman is a past president of the Society of Publication Designers, has been a frequent guest lecturer at the Poynter Institute and speaks regularly to groups and conferences about publication design and art direction. He was most recently the design director of Fortune magazine and the creative director of Real Simple. He has also been the design director of Entertainment Weekly, New York, Details, Vibe, Inside, The Village Voice and Guitar World.
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