ELLE U.S October redesign

I was going through my iPad’s newsstand today and realized how out of touch i’ve been (once again) and all the good stuff I’ve missed out on! The first cover that actually grabbed my attention was the ELLE U.S cover for October. This cover feels very light with a strong summer feel, a little odd for an october issue.

LadyGaga-ELLE-redesign-JBLet’s start with the photography. This feature was shot by Ruth Hogben. This cover is not that striking, it’s pretty but it looks a bit average and the type bothers me a lot. For me, it doesn’t match Gaga’s unique personality and feel.

So, here the headlines are just crowding up around Gaga’s face which is just too bad. I wish things had been laid out better, this makes it hard to enjoy the photo and well…type wise it just looks like what Vogue has been doing, crowded, overpowering, busy, not good enough. therefore, I took about an hour,  and tried to tweak the cover to air out her face a bit. What was bothering me the most was the way the “Lady Gaga” type was almost on top of her eye. Used basic fonts for this, Futura and Baskerville, trying to stay as close as possible to the actual Elle design and layout.

It also seems this issue has a double cover (love those). The second one feels a lot more appropriate for an october issue, everything works, the colors, the pose, it just draws you in. Not loving the type but oh well…

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About joannabehar

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

One comment

  1. I agree it looks like a summer cover. Before reading anything, I studied the covers and decided I liked yours better, for the reasons you state. Perhaps they wanted her to appear to be peeking from behind the type?

    Frankly I hate all the type on modern magazine covers. I understand the need, but artistically it’s a real turn-off.

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