Covers of the year (yes, already)

by Steve Watson in April 2015
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I’m not sure how this has happened, but we’re already well over a quarter of the way through 2015. Yikes.

That’s three and a bit months of magazines hitting the shelves, which means it’s high time for me to count down the most popular covers of the year so far, as voted by Stack Instagram followers. As always, it’s worth pointing out that this whole voting thing is entirely un-scientific, but as a finger in the air I think it’s pretty useful.

And don’t forget you too can turn your likes into votes by following Stack on Instagram and watching out for the covers we post up each morning. Because there’s some great stuff here, but there’s bound to be lots more to come…

10. Anorak
Rob Flowers created this fantastically colourful cover for Anorak‘s magic issue. I think that might be my favourite white rabbit of all time.

Love the cover of the new magic issue from @anorakmag – hey presto!

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09. Fathers
Fathers magazine from Poland is the latest example of a publishing shift away from lads’ mags to “dads’ mags”, with a tone exemplified by this incredibly peaceful cover.

Fifteen years ago magazine publishing was dominated by lads' mags. Now they've grown up and got beards, the same generation is being targeted by the dads' mags. Poland's @hello_fathers is the latest to join the fray – check our full video review on the Stack blog today…

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08. Lost
A new travel magazine from China, Lost mixes cryptic cover lines with an obscured image to create a tantalising cover.

A new Chinese travel magazine published in English and Mandarin, Lost gives a fascinating view of the world as seen from China. It's a totally beautiful magazine – check the Stack blog today for our full two-minute review…

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07. Eye
The quality just keeps on coming from Eye magazine, which this time crops into a vintage Wrigley’s ad to create a compelling cover.

Just so cool. The new issue of @eyemagazine_ gives another masterclass in creative cropping to turn a detail from a vintage Wrigley's ad into a beautiful cover. Minty fresh.

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06. The Holborn
Newcomer The Holborn created a Martini pattern for its first issue – a statement of intent for a magazine that concerns itself with the finer things in life.

Picked up from Printout last night, issue one of @theholborn – a magazine dedicated to the well made, whether that means cocktails, furniture or clothes.

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05. Nous
Riso printed in a limited run with a beautifully quiet aesthetic, Manchester-based mental health magazine Nous seemed to really strike a chord with people.

Sitting somewhere between a zine and a magazine, Nous takes a fresh approach to the subject of mental health. Check the Stack blog today for our behind the scenes interview with editor and creative director Lisa Lorenz…

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04. The Gentlewoman
Another regular fixture in the best cover lists, The Gentlewoman broke with tradition for its most recent issue by beautifully rendering Björk in full colour.

A beautifully judged move to colour for The Gentlewoman, with Bjork taking cover duties for issue 11. I love this magazine.

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03. Kiblind
French graphics magazine Kiblind places its strong block colours on a starry night sky to create this mysterious cover.

Another lovely cover from French graphics magazine Kiblind – not sure whether they're flying or falling, but they don't seem to mind either way.

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02. Zweikommasieben
There’s a peculiar genius to this unassuming pot plant on the cover of Swiss club culture magazine Zweikommasieben.

Published in Switzerland in English and German, Zweikommasieben is "a magazine on contemporary club culture" and I love it. See the Stack blog today for the full video review…

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01. Gym Class
But streaking way out in front with this piece of typographic provocation is Gym Class magazine. It looks like Steven Gregor’s rallying cry has captured a lot of imaginations.

Must-read tough love for indie AND mainstream magazine makers. Super excited to dive into the new @gymclassmag, picked up from Printout last night.

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