VOGUE UK’s december mess

In one of my previous posts I said Vogue could do much better but it also seems they can do MUCH worse. Vogue UK has the gorgeous Natalia Vodianova on their cover for their December issue and this mess makes me want to weep for designers everywhere…

The past two issues of our British neighbors have been disappointing but this one is just plain ridiculous. The photo on the cover is not what anyone could call a Vogue picture nor a good picture. I’m not sure who was in charge of the styling but oh dear! Especially considering when you look at the gorgeous and colorful spreads of Vodianova inside! The pictures in this issue are great, vibrant with all the pop you could want but who could get a chance to see those with a cover so bad?This outfit combined with the grey background makes the whole scene very dull and Vodianova’s face and expression is just not right. I have seen her on may covers (including vogues) and I didn’t even recognize her on this wreck of a cover. I am being very harsh but it is so disappointing to follow a magazine who did such amazing things just a few months ago and is now daring to publish a cover that looks like this.

The cover photo is not the only thing lacking work, the typography combinations are not that good either. I don’t even think I can go in and comment on it, the hierarchy is a complete mess and the line “an explosion of fashion and fun” makes the magazine sound like a cheap version of cosmo.

My biggest concern on this is how can they make the inside layouts so decent and detailed and leave a cover like this? Come on Vogue, please don’t keep disappointing like this…

Below are the gorgeous spreads/photography of Vodianova once you are brave enough to flip through this issue after seeing the cover. The saying about not judging a book from it’s cover does not apply here folks, I’m judging whoever is responsible for this humongous difference between the design inside the issue and outside. Shame on you. shame on you.

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About joannabehar

Graphic Designer, hand-letterer, illustrator, wanderer, recovering nut butter addict.

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  1. Pingback: Vogue UK June 2014 redesign | Mag Design

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