Posts tagged ‘magazine covers’

I’d Rather Be In Fiji

We found ourselves in the fortunate position of having more than one beautiful image for our January/February cover. Penn State professor Jeremy Cohen has dived in some of the most exotic places in the world and was willing to share his gorgeous underwater images with us. As a staff we were torn over which image to put on the cover — do we play it safe with a cute clownfish, or do we get up close to a more unusual-looking bigfin reef squid?

Some of us loved the yellow clownfish and his warm, colorful reef world, but wondered if the image was exotic enough. Others were fascinated by the painterly quality of the squid but worried that readers wouldn’t want to ring in the new year face-to-face with a strange creature. (I seem to recall the word “gross” tossed around the art department.) As for me, I’ll admit I can’t resist the opportunity to use a purple logo on the cover.

The spectacularly colorful squid won out, and so far, all the feedback has been positive, but we thought you’d like to see the other contender. Either way, we hope we provided you with a distraction from winter’s chill — and maybe a little dream of Fiji…

Carole Otypka, art director

January 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm 6 comments

Trying to Coax Spring

Here’s a sneak preview of the cover of the new issue of The Penn Stater. It goes with a feature-length profile inside on George Griffith ’56, who has been cultivating water lilies since he was an undergraduate at Penn State more than 50 years ago. We hired Pittsburgh-area photographer Scott Goldsmith to shoot Griffith and his lilies late last summer, and the photos that came back were just stunning.

Our art director, Carole Otypka, worked on this story in December, when the Pennsylvania winter was already getting pretty old. She felt it would be the perfect cover story for a spring issue, and she chose this image for the cover.

Tina Hay, editor

February 24, 2010 at 5:28 pm 1 comment


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