I will attempt to address the following topics as they pertain to the cover of Esquire Magazine.
- The format of the publication, including size. (Might require some digging around.)
- 8.5×11 inches
- There is no clear grid installed on this layout.
- The design is definitely modular. It includes a celebrity, actor, or athlete in b/w placed dead center over stylized type.
- To attract attention. To generate intrest and preview the contents of the issue. To advance the branding of the magazine.
- Model photo, nameplate and several promos under the flag.
- Headlines are laid out behind the model shot.
- Nameplate reads first. The face of the nameplate reads after that. The line above the name plate and that surround the person are secondary.
- Very cool, modern, and fashionable
- The contents of this will make you less of a loser.
- They are great at establishing credibility for the publication as fashionable and hip.
- The name plate is always the same size, location, and typeface. The main image is always a large centered black and white figure.
What, if any, grid format is used?
Whether the design is modular or non-modular.
The function/purpose of the front page/cover. (How is this page different?)
What specific design elements comprise the page.
How is information organized.
Hierarchy among elements.
The “feel” or tone or attitude of the cover/front page.
What implicit message it sends about the content and about the publication.
What role photos and other visuals play.
How consistency is maintained from issue to issue or edition to edition.