Spring 2018

Looking at magazines looking at themselves

Five enormous, lavish books celebrate the achievements of five legendary titles: Harper’s Bazaar, Rolling Stone, New York, The Face and Octavo

Just when it seemed the printed word was no longer the cauldron of opinion and argument it had been in the era of massive circulations, magazines are having their moment in America – as the voice of the opposition in the era of Donald Trump.

The New Yorker, Esquire, Vanity Fair and Time are showing that brilliant writing and graphics can still be powerful tools in dynamically shaping national debate.


‘Forty Pages Full Of Dope, Sex & Cheap Thrills’. A page from 50 Years of Rolling Stone shows the title’s early years as a two-colour, folded broadsheet, ‘part magazine, part newspaper’.
Top. New York covers showing disgraced politician Eliot Spitzer (left), in 2008, and fraudster Bernie Madoff, 2009.


Martin Colyer, writer, designer, judge on the V&A Illustration Awards 2018, London

Read the full version in Eye no. 96 vol. 24, 2018


Eye is the world’s most beautiful and collectable graphic design journal, published quarterly for professional designers, students and anyone interested in critical, informed writing about graphic design and visual culture. It is available from all good design bookshops and online at the Eye shop, where you can buy subscriptions and single issues. You can see what Eye 96 looks like at Eye Before You Buy on Vimeo.

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