Cover Fight 1.0 : Kimmel V.S. Fallon

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Cover Fight time!
Ok so I’ve been meaning to post this since the Jimmy Fallon Vanity Fair cover came out but work has been crazy and I haven’t had time to. SO, I’m posting it now because I believe this is still relevant and well, I love that Jimmy Kimmel cover and never had a chance to post about it so here we go!

FallonVSkimmel-CoverFightA few months ago Esquire and Vanity both put on their covers two late night stars, on the one hand we have Jimmy Fallon for Vanity Fair and on the other Jimmy Kimmel for Esquire. We have two very different styles. Esquire mixed polished with artistic and oh my god how well does that work?! This cover made me smile, made me want to buy the issue, made me happy I went to the newsstand. The photo is great, it’s by Jeff Minton. It captures the essence of Kimmel really well, the whole concept is just perfect for him. I love the hand drawn look of the type and the smudges around the logo. There isn’t much to say here other than, they totally nailed it… So we have 1 point for concept, 1 point for typography and one point for photography!

On the other hand we have Jimmy Fallon for Vanity Fair. Different magazine, radically different style. The cover was shot by annie Leiboviz. I am divided on this one. The more I look at it, the more I like it, I guess. But if I were to glance at it quickly at a newsstand I don’t think I would look twice. It doesn’t pop out enough for me. I wish Jimmy had been the only one on the cover, the models add a certain touch to this that I don’t like. I get the concept, I get why it might have seen like a great idea to shoot two stories in the same picture on the cover, but I don’t think it came out as great as it could have been. They didn’t play the comedy side enough. The type is ALL over and it’s getting very cramped which might be what is bugging me. I don’t care too much for the blue sticker bubbles on top on the red banner on the bottom right. The logo is getting completely eaten away and I don’t know where to look anymore. The hierarchy is off and it’s a cover that ends up being rough to navigate through. (On a side note, Fallon’s face looks kind of weird…) If we count it up we have 1 point for concept, -1 point for typography, 1/2 point for photography.

Which gives us 3 for Kimmel and 0.5 for Fallon!

So for this fight, Kimmel and Esquire get the win…because you know, I smile everytime I look at it and that is pretty sweet…

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About joannabehar

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

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