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Saturday, August 15, 2021

before and after
Last year, I lodged my complaint about Esquire’s tendency to overload the magazine cover with words:

[I]t’s become a turnoff. In fact, I recently canceled my subscription to [former Esquire cover-art designer George] Lois’ old periodical stomping grounds, in large part because I was finding that those text-gorged covers were constantly turning me off each month. Far from enticing me to open the cover and dive in, the instant in-your-face design seems a bit too desperate for attention.

Since then, I’ve re-upped my subscription. But I’m still less than pleased with that same cover-design aesthetic, which hasn’t abated. The George Clooney cover pictured above is from April 2008, but to me, it’s practically indistinguishable from this month’s issue: Same central photo being crowded out by far too many blurbs, making it a visual jumble. It’s a case of too many editorial thumbs insisting on a sliver of the front-cover real estate, instead of presenting a clear, distinctive image. I’m sure next month’s issue will be just as much of a clone.

Maybe that’s the trouble — the covers look too similar from month to month, and consequently, I subconsciously presume that the contents will be just as similar each month. I know that they won’t be, but the cover does become a mental barrier, instead of the enticement it’s supposed to be. Maybe I’m atypical in that reaction, but if not, I can’t believe this is helping newsstand sales.

Good thing the preferred subscription rate I got for Esquire was nominal. Otherwise, I’d just cancel it again. As it is, I can’t see why I’d re-up once this one ends.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/15/2009 02:02:45 PM
Category: Creative, Publishing
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wake-up weekend
What’s this, another listing of shuffled-up tracks off my iTouch? Barely a month after my last post on the subject? What gives?

Aside from my fondness for this randomized mix, I’m having a hard time waking up on this Saturday morning. Three cups of extra-strong tea haven’t done it, nor have various chores. So I’ll try a bit of blog-writing (those lyrical snippets accompanying each song title don’t count, of course), and see if it doesn’t clear the mental (and, following that, the physical) cobwebs.

And with that, let’s roll:

1. “Circus (Junior Vasquez Electric Circus)”, Britney Spears - Hope that you feel the same.

2. “20th Century Boy”, Placebo - Everybody says it’s just like Robin Hood.

3. “Pon De Replay”, Rihanna - Shake it ’til the moon becomes the sun.

4. “Personality Crisis”, New York Dolls - You got it while it was hot.

5. “Don’t Stop The Rock”, Chemical Brothers - Get up on it like this.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/15/2009 11:38:36 AM
Category: Pop Culture, iPod Random Tracks
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