Stack Awards 2018: Cover of the Year shortlist

by Grace Wang in October 2018
Art & design

The point of a cover is to make people pick up a magazine, and this category at the Stack Awards wants to find the best, most inventive and enticing face of a publication. One of our judges, Jaap Biemans, has already shared this year’s most memorable covers for him from his site Coverjunkie, and we’re looking forward to hearing his verdict with co-judge Steven Heller.

Read on to see the 20 shortlisted covers in this hotly anticipated category…

Archivio | Turin

For their Crime and Power issue, Archivio poses a dramatic knife-in-hand shot next to the heavy typeface of the magazine’s name. You’ll find hidden memories from personal and institutional archives around the world inside this hefty volume.

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THE CRIME AND POWER ISSUE #archiviomagazine #hiddenmemories #crime #power #magazine #archives

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Beauty Papers | London

Beauty Papers fills its oversized pages with stories to do with beauty, yet it exists in vehement opposition to the pseudo glamour and conformity that saturates the industry. Magnum street photographer Bruce Gilden walked 38.6km of the streets of New York, capturing close up portraits of people using a flash gun to produce ‘Faces’, the confronting, bare-all photo series inside this issue and on this cover.

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BEAUTY PAPERS ISSUE SIX BIG OUT NOW! Bruce Gilden the legendary Magnum photographer captures beauty in the Big Apple for the September issue. We walked 51,812 steps. ‘Keeping up with Bruce’ @bruce_gilden @magnumphotos #BIG #brucegilden #beautypapers #newyork #bigapple Thank you @magnumphotos #magnumphotos

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Eye on Design | New York

The design brief for Eye on Design’s covers inspires imaginative outcomes through exacting constraints. Guest designer Shira Inbar had to include the eye-shaped logo, die-cutting, and a zero-text rule and came up with the hypnotic lines of this excellent cover.

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Get excited—our new magazine is here. Announcing Eye on Design #02, the “Psych issue,” complete with a healthy dose of trickery and illusion. Designed by @shira_no_filter. Available now to order.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #graphicdesign #typography #magazinedesign #color #designstudio #eyeondesign

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Fare | Glasgow

Immersing itself in the food, community and history of a place, Fare magazine creates engrossing issues on overlooked cities around the world. For the cover of their Charleston, South Carolina edition, local Peter Frank Edwards captures the practice of crabbing in the region’s unique plough mud.

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Pick up your copy of our Charleston issue and journey explore the heart of the American South through one of its most historic cities, in the midst of a culinary renaissance. Visit to order your copy (we ship worldwide) or check our stockist list to snag one in your city! #faremagazine #indiemagazine #printisnotdead #chseats #charlestonsc #magazinecover

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Four & Sons | Melbourne

Dogs + culture = a four-legged mop.

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ISSUE EIGHT SHIPPING NOW!⠀ —⠀⠀ Head to the website to find out more and get your paws on a copy. Thanks everyone for the support! ⠀⠀ Link in profile:⠀⠀ —⠀⠀ Cover image of Calvin the komondor by @winniewow⠀⠀ Featuring @williamwegman @klausdyba @fetchandfollow @walter_dogs @bennwooddogs @winniewow @eardog_productions @bubbledogsuk @doomsday_store @mashashishova @truckfurniture @littlebrownmushroom @kesselskramer @timflachphoto —⠀ #dogsandculturecollide #dogmuse #dogmagazine #dogart #dogphotography #doglife #dogdays #dogillustration

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Fukt | Berlin

Fukt magazine always has some of the freshest designs we’ve ever seen. For this 17th edition, ‘Written Drawings — The Words Issue’, the team stripped the cover of all colour and imagery, using only type to show off their editorial dexterity.

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NEW!! Fukt Magazine for Contemporary Drawing – No. 17 is ready for PRE ORDER now! Link in Bio! Shipping from October 8th. ………………………………………………….. NEW YORKERS: our first launch will be at the New York Art Book Fair THIS WEEK at PS1 MoMA! @momaps1 @printedmatter_artbookfairs #nyabf Sept 21 – 23, preview on Sept 20 6-9 pm ………………………………………………….. The Words Issue – Written Drawings has collected amazing artists that work with text, words and typography in their artistic practice. we conducted a number of interviews for this issue and we hope You’ll love this new issue as much as we do. #fukt #fuktmagazine #fukt17 #drawing #magazinefordrawing #thewordsissue #writtendrawings #art #contemporaryart #writing #text #words #publishing #magazine

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Good Trouble | New York

Donning a cap that says ‘fuck racism’, Darian Agostini shines on this cover of Good Trouble. “In a city that’s made for elites and corporations, really poor people have been able to survive. And not only that, but resist, powerfully.” The founder of Make The Road NY, New York’s largest immigrant organisation, is photographed by Dan Martensen.

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Cover 3 of 4. Darian Agostini, a 23-year-old organizer for Make The Road NY, a nonprofit advocating justice and equity for minority groups. “In a city that’s made for elites and corporations, really poor people have been able to survive. And not only that, but resist, powerfully. Resist oppression, resist the neglect the government has handed out to our communities. We’re becoming more powerful with every generation.” – Darian Agostini @maketheroadny, photographed by @danmartensen – from the issue's portrait series of NYC activists. It is here, it is here… The second issue of Good Trouble magazine! The increasingly confusingly numbered Good Trouble Issue 22… Available now from online shop, link in our bio. Issue also includes Ravi Ragbir, the Resistance Revival Chorus, Harry Leslie Smith, Jex Blackmore, Hank Willis Thomas, Barney Farmer, Young Fathers, Yinka Shonibare, Molly Crabapple, Artist Taxi Driver, and much more. And some other stuff like the Brexit TV Times. Same archaic broadsheet newspaper format, same ink-rubs-off-on-your-fingers retro zine joy… but now with 32 PAGES of art, creativity, protest and resistance, including pull-out ‘Unmanifesto' poster section featuring art by Wolfgang Tillmans, Sara Rahbar, Boychild, Scott King, Torbjørn Rødland, Helena Foster + more, curated by Francesca Gavin. Only $10 / £7.50 +p&p (ships from UK). #raviragbir #maketheroadny #art #protest #magazines #DIY #abolishICE #resistancerevivalchorus #fuckracism #goodtroubleissue22

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Ladybeard | London

What is beauty? This third issue of Ladybeard, a fresh, subversive feminist magazine, dissects what our culture finds ‘beautiful’, and after screaming arguments, this unmistakable bum hole, along with a pair of elderly lips, took pride of place as their strange, fleshy and illicit cover stars.

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Our covers have landed. The Beauty Issue is now available for PRE-ORDER. Both covers by the unshakable @antongottlob. Out 28 April. Come celebrate with us – link in bio.

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New Internationalist | Oxford

An unknown rebel fighter in Liberia stares out from New Internationalist’s relaunch issue. Does his expression elicit sympathy, or ambivalence? Do his eyes convey anger or guilt? How do we make peace in a world at war?

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We've been shortlisted for COVER OF THE YEAR for the @stackmagazines Awards 2018!

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The Nib | New York

For the first print issue of The Nib, the website publishing comics journalism and graphic essays, the stories were themed around death. Oliver Hibert’s cover illustration melts icons of immortality into one colourful, weird and dynamic image.


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We’re proud to unveil the cover of the Death issue by illustrator Oliver Hibert! Swipe over to see some of the cool stuff that’ll be included in the issue, and subscribe to our magazine – link in our bio!

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Pan & The Dream | New York

The beauty issue of Pan & The Dream takes inspiration from Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film La Belle et La Bête (Beauty and the Beast). A photograph by Nick Knight, from his series ‘Skin Deep’, is cropped into a drop shape and layered with high-gloss to evoke blood, tears and human skin.

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A fresh new batch has landed @dashwood_books #NYC in store and online (no need to brave the storm today). #panandthedream #2 'La Belle et la Bête' Cover image by @nick_knight with creative direction by @yvonnegold99 Cover design by @jeanette_birdy Thanks for taking the pix @b_alsop

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Phile | Toronto

Phile is fascinated by the nuances of sexuality, and all of the shame and stigma that comes with it. The cover, a photography by Zak Krevitt, makes an immediate bum-shaped impact on the viewer and also speaks to a delicate balance of power play, queerness, lust and intimacy, letting the reader know exactly what they’re in for.

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TORONTO! Find Issue No. 2 at @artmetropole xxx

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Plasma | Berlin

Covering art, science and space exploration, Plasma provides an aestheticised look at conventionally nerdy subjects. This die-cut cover mirrors the round-edged windows of a spaceship, and gives passers-by a glimpse at the SpaceX rocket overleaf.

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PLASMA 4 is on this year’s shortlist COVER OF THE YEAR at the STACK AWARDS in LONDON The outstanding design was created by @davidbenski & @roger.lehner / the fantastic rocket COVER shot was distributed by @thaddeus_ces @spacex #fingerscrossed – The winners and commended titles will be announced at the ceremony in London on Monday 19 November. @stackmagazines #plasmamagazine4 #coveroftheyear #shortlist #interplanetary #artandscience #magazine #stackawards #stackawards2018 #solarsystem #spaceexploration #artandtechnology #london #losangeles #plasmamagazine video @davidbenski

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Printed Pages | London

Known for his many Trump covers for Time and Der Spiegel, Edel Rodriguez is used to communicating his political views with wit and clarity. It’s Nice That, the design journal and publisher of Printed Pages, enlisted his help to produce this eye-grabbing cover.

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Heading off on your hols and need some reading material? We fully recommend, without bias, that you should pack Printed Pages SS18 (The It's Nice That Magazine) in your suitcase. Order it for £10 over on the link in our bio. Featuring the best creative work we’ve seen in the past six months, Printed Pages includes a host of feature interviews with individuals who are using creativity as a voice for positive change. The cover was created by @edelrodriguez, and inside we interview the illustrator about his magazine covers which have become icons of protest around the world. This issue also comes complete with a litho print by renowned illustrator @jean_jullien, and a series of postcards and stickers. #itsnicethat #PrintedPages

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Suspira | London

Examining the horror genre through a feminist lens, Suspira dissects gory tales and macabre subjects with a sensitivity that it has not been granted in the past. Their launch cover takes inspiration from the poster of Dario Argento’s 1977 film, Suspiria, featuring a stippled graphic that seems ethereal at first glance, but reveals a face contorted into a scream.

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Have you read the awesome reviews we've received from @creativebloqofficial @magloversahoy @magalleriabath? All links in bio and you can get your copy of the Monster Issue via our website | @ritualcravt × × × #horrormagazine #suspiramagazine #indiepublishing #independentmagazines #horrorfiends #dreadfulpress #womeninhorror #womenwholovehorror #horroralldayeveryday #themonsterissue #famousmonsters #iteatsyoualive

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Still | New York

Still’s cover for issue six takes a beautifully simple approach, presenting three pieces of printed paper arranged in a clean, minimal layout.

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STILL 6 Berlin and New York Editions. Both available for preorder. Free shipping until next week. #stillmagazine

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Swim | London

The latest issue of Swim comes wrapped in its own flatplan, giving readers a quick glimpse of what they’ll find inside and also playing into the issue’s theme of Unseen, making previously overlooked work immediately visible.

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Varoom | London

Varoom’s yellow, bulge-eyed cover star is raising a fist in protest while quite literally glued to his smartphone. Published by the Association of Illustration, this issue focuses on activist works, and Bráulio Amado wryly depicts a fuming, twitter-obsessed, 21st-century protestor.

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To the barricades! Varoom leads the charge with the new Activism issue. There's no missing our dazzling cover from @braulioamado, and with content from the New Wave of Arab comics to an Instagram campaign chucking a brick through the windows of members clubs from @seb_chaloner, there's loads to get your inner activist going! Link in bio With @monachalabi @galdemzine @yellowzine @liv.ahmad @samandalcomics @ian_whadcock @annasteinbergillustrator @theaoi Art direction and design by @n_n_u_l #illustration #varoommagazine #activism

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Weapons of Reason | London

What’s eating the world? Giacomo Bagnara’s cover illustration for the Food issue of Weapons of Reason is rife with symbols of corporate malice, its firm grip on the entire world, and humans’ never-ending appetite to consume everything the planet has to offer.

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Introducing Weapons of Reason #5: the Food issue, featuring cover art by @giacomobagnara_ . Pre-orders available now at the link in our bio! A magazine by @humanafterallstudio #weaponsofreason #illustration #graphicdesign #indiemags #independentmagazines #print #food

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