Are You a Cover Junkie

first_imgWhat sets Coverjunkie apart from other cover sites is both the quantity of posts, and the fact that it’s well-organized and highly searchable. Biemans collects covers by publication, theme (9/11, split-run, premier issues), and art director, and he also publishes complete credit information, a rarity. His tastes are very egalitarian; there’s a healthy mix of consumer, mass market, enthusiast, trade, city and regional, and altweekly covers, with selections from Italy, England, Germany, Russian, and of course, The Netherlands. He also has a strong social media presence on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook, which helps spread the Coverjunkie cover selects fast and far.Coverjunkie is a one-person labor of love for Biemans, but it’s a project that is helping to redefine the essence of how magazines design and promote their covers. In a recent interview, Biemans gave the lowdown on how he puts the site together, and what makes a good Coverjunkie cover.Why did you start Coverjunkie?Biemans: I wanted to celebrate creativity in magazine design, to spread the love for ace cover design. And it was also a response to the “print is dead” statement, which I think is a lot of rubbish! I think a cover is more than just about selling itself, it’s also a reflection of our visual culture. On Coverjunkie you can see this reflection from all around the world, as well as from different decades.

How do you find the covers you post?

Biemans: I browse the good old newsstand and look online and on Twitter. Right now I get 10-15 covers a day by email, some good, some bad. The best thing about Coverjunkie is that some mags send me hard copies. I love that; it gives me a fab feeling. 

How do you select what goes on Coverjunkie?Biemans: Posting everything would be impossible; I get too many covers sent to me. I post the most creative ones, the remarkable ones, the covers that stand out. The hardest part about Coverjunkie is editing the covers and then telling art directors that their covers are not creative enough, and that I can’t post them. I try to email everyone to explain. I hate disappointing people because I know they’re trying to create sweet stuff. But again, I have to be rigorous; when there are weak covers on the website it loses its strength. 

What makes a good magazine cover?Biemans: It’s the creativity that counts. My motto on the site is “covers that smack you in the face or that you want to lick!” I think the ace cover contains news, a vibe, and creativity. Most of the covers have only two out of three of these ingredients. But when it carries three out of three you have an epic one. For many magazines, newsstand used to be the big indicator, but it’s increasingly not that important, at least not in the U.S. I think a cover these days is more about making a statement instead of selling. It’s about creating a vibe that the reader likes (or maybe dislikes). A magazine cover is part of a brand, a very important part because it has a soul and it can give feeling and depth to a brand.What magazines do you think consistently do the most interesting or memorable covers?

Biemans: I definitely prefer magazines that use a different approach with each cover, who use their cover design to make a statement or to spark and surprise their readers. I like The New Yorker when they put newsy items on their covers. And I think The New York Times Magazine and New York rock it hard. Bloomberg Businessweek, they’re crazy, and what I like about them is that creative director Richard Turley and his team take charge and are very brave. I love all the altweeklies from the U.S., like SF Weekly and San Antonio Current! They don’t have big budgets but they create extraordinary stuff. There’s Spanish Metropoli, Texas Monthly, Vice, IL from Italy, Wired from the U.S., UK and Italy, Suddeutsche Zeitung Magazin from Germany….What advice do you have for editors, art directors and others to create great magazine covers?

Biemans: Three things: guts, guts, and guts. Mix that with talented designers with soul and a fab editor to create the best headlines. I’m a strong believer that creativity brings great pleasure to readers, whether it’s on an iPad, website, magazine or even cellphone. I don’t care as long as it’s well-designed and made with soul. Days before last week’s debut of The New Republic’s redesign, its new cover was posted and circulating around the web. The buzz was on, and people were tweeting and commenting on it before the magazine itself was even available for viewing. Today, every editor and art director thinks about creating a magazine cover that can go viral, that will work at multiple sizes on a wide variety of displays and platforms and create hype. Along with this, websites like Coverjunkie, NASCAPAS, and others are now providing a visual forum for magazine covers from all over the world to be displayed and distributed.The Coverjunkie site just celebrated its second anniversary. It was launched in late 2010, the brainchild of Dutch art director Jaap Biemans [pictured below], who has done cover designs for the weekly Intermediair and the glossy, Vanity Fair-like Hollands Diep, before moving over to art direct Volkskrant Magazine, the weekly magazine supplement of a large Dutch newspaper (it’s basically The New York Times Magazine of the Netherlands). Biemans recognized early on that for many publications, the days of covers getting “heat” on the newsstand were a thing of the past. To date he’s posted over 11,500 covers, and Coverjunkie has become a daily must-destination for magazine art directors around the world.Biemans interned at a design firm in NYC in the late 90s, and that New York experience has informed his design and editorial sensibilities. And while Coverjunkie has a definite global reach, he has a big soft spot for very American style-magazine cover design, as well as for the funky, gonzo-style designs of altweekly newspapers like The Village Voice.last_img read more

House Passes Amendment Restoring Impact Aid Funds to Illinois School District

first_imgThe House on Tuesday approved an amendment to the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill that would provide additional impact aid funds to a school district serving military families based at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., that is slated to loss eligibility for about half of its current funding under the federal program intended to help school districts with large concentrations of military students.The Mascoutah School District, which receives about $8 million annually through the program, was recently informed by the Department of Education that it was losing eligibility for heavily impacted aid, which meant a projected loss of about $4 million annually, reported the Belleville News-Democrat.Illinois Rep. Mike Bost (R) sponsored the amendment, which would provide enhanced payment for students that live in privatized military housing within the school district boundaries. The additional funding wasn’t slated to start until next year, but if it is enacted into law, it will begin this year, according to the story.“When I learned that Mascoutah would no longer be eligible for this critical federal funding, I committed to securing a short-term fix until we can find a long-term solution. In addition, I am going to seek answers regarding why the school district wasn’t informed earlier so it could make adjustments to protect this funding,” Bost said in a written statement.On Wednesday, the House passed the underlying measure, which will have to be reconciled with the Senate version. Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk (R) is preparing a companion amendment. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Inside All The Action From Las Vegas

first_img Email Which Artist Performance Are You Pumped For? RosalíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Facebook Luis Miguel Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Karol G Wins Best New Artist At 2018 Latin GRAMMYs Why Rosalía Is A Rising Global Pop Star Relive The 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards 19 Things You Didn’t Know About The Latin GRAMMYs Vicente García Photo: Mindy Small/FilmMagic/Getty Images Vicente García Photo: Mindy Small/FilmMagic/Getty Images Which Artist Performance Are You Pumped For? Will Smith, Marc Anthony, and Bad BunnyPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Jorge Drexler appeared surprised when announced as winner of Song of the Year for the wispy “Telefonía.”  He expressed his admiration for his fellow nominees, ending with a message of inclusiveness by mentioning intellectual writers Jorge Luis Borges and Fernando Pessoa in the same sentence as populist song formats like cumbia and reggaetón.  They all should be admired and celebrated, he emphasized.A stirring video presented the accomplishments of Maná, winner of the Person of the Year award.  More than the biggest rock band ever to emerge from Mexico, Maná has also made history for its commitment to championing social justice and protecting the environment.  With lead singer Fher Olvera sounding at the peak of his powers, the group launched into a medley that included timeless Latin rockers “En El Muelle de San Blas,” “Labios Compartidos” and “Clavado En Un Bar.”Part of the reason why the show flowed so smoothly this year was that the chosen performers kept things varied by painting a wide canvass of moods.  Spanish pop star Pablo Alborán chose restraint over bombast with his exquisite rendition of “No Vaya A Ser,” an anthemic tune marked by delicate echoes of Spanish folk and an irresistible chorus anchored on hand clapping, layers of guitars and Alborán’s gentle voice.Best New Artist winner Karol G. provided a raucous take on her sensuous radio hit “Mi Cama.”  The Colombian singer added a touch of rock’n’roll bravado to the procedures by having the track’s prerequisite reggaetón beat performed by a live drummer. Maná Honored By An Array Of Latin American Talent 19 Things You Didn’t Know About The Latin GRAMMYs RosalíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Relive The 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 15, 2018 – 8:53 pm Rosalía Thanks Women In Music At Latin GRAMMYs Who Will Win Best New Artist At The Latin GRAMMYs? Rosalía Thanks Women During Latin GRAMMY Win Karol GPhoto: Sam Wasson/Getty Images Will Smith, Marc Anthony, and Bad BunnyPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images RosalíaPhoto: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for LARAS RosalíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images https://twitter.com/Univision/status/1063245693941248000 Will Smith, Marc Anthony, and Bad BunnyPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Prev Next RosalíaPhoto: Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto/Getty Images Relive The 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards ManáPhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage Vicente García Photo: Mindy Small/FilmMagic/Getty Images Twitter RosalíaPhoto: Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto/Getty Images Maná Honored By An Array Of Latin American Talent ManáPhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage Jorge Drexler Wins Song Of The Year Latin GRAMMY The night ended with another surprise, as Drexler looked downright shocked when receiving a Latin Grammy for Record of the Year. It was time to say goodbye, but Ana de la Reguera decided to part with a timely message.  She reminded us that next year will mark the Latin GRAMMYs’ 20th anniversary.  Most importantly, she wished that Latin music will continue to inspire, promoting a world where we can learn to be more tolerant and supportive.It was, in a way, the perfect summation of the all-encompassing musical offerings heard during a most memorable evening. Maná Honored By An Array Of Latin American Talent 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards: Inside All The Action From Las Vegas Karol GPhoto: Sam Wasson/Getty Images Rosalía Thanks Women During Latin GRAMMY Win ManáPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images for LARAS Catch up on all the hottest performances and biggest winners from the Biggest Night In Latin MusicErnesto LechnerGRAMMYs Nov 15, 2018 – 9:26 pm An electrifying version of the torrid pop hit “Está Rico” by original performers Marc Anthony, Bad Bunny and Will Smith opened up the 19th Latin GRAMMY festivities from Las Vegas with the underlying message that the current face of Latin music is a rainbow of ethnicities – a lovingly assembled labyrinth of cultures and styles. Jorge Drexler Wins Song Of The Year Latin GRAMMYcenter_img Relive The 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards 2018-latin-grammy-awards-inside-all-action-las-vegas Rosalía Thanks Women During Latin GRAMMY Win Luis Miguel Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY https://twitter.com/LatinGRAMMYs/status/1063237712239448065 Jorge DrexlerPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Jorge Drexler Wins Song Of The Year Latin GRAMMY 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Complete Winners List Which Artist Performance Are You Pumped For? Luis MiguelPhoto: Omar Vega/Getty Images RosalíaPhoto: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for LARAS Mon Laferte at the 18th Latin Grammy AwardsPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Karol G Wins Best New Artist At 2018 Latin GRAMMYs From their opening remarks, hosts Ana de la Reguera and Carlos Rivera kept the procedures short and sweet, taking the time to cherish the fact that so many talented performers had gathered together to celebrate Latin music’s most important evening of the year. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 16, 2018 – 11:01 am 2018 Latin GRAMMYs Highlights From Las Vegas Fittingly, the first series of musical numbers underscored the concepts of authenticity and collaboration. Uruguayan troubadour Jorge Drexler performed a lilting “Telefonía” joined by the vocal harmonies of two visionary young divas: Chile’s Mon Laferte and Mexico’s Natalia Lafourcade.  Sinaloa band Calibre 50 merged the accordion of norteño with the tuba of banda sinaloense on a soulful “Corrido de Juanito.”  And veteran singer/songwriter Carlos Vives juxtaposed the future and present of Colombian music by singing the tropical-pop scorcher “Hoy Tengo Tiempo” joined by the enchanting Catalina García and her band, the jazzy Monsieur Periné. In terms of Latin GRAMMY winners, the first surprise of the night arrived when Mexican icon Luis Miguel won the coveted Album of the Year award for México Por Siempre!, a lush collection of traditional rancheras.  The crooner was not present to collect the statuette, but charismatic presenter Thalía demonstrated her sense of humor by promising with a wink that she would deliver the Latin GRAMMY in person.In recent years, the almighty reggaetón genre has mutated.  It has grown, diversified, expanded in scope and sensibility.  A poignant reminder of these intriguing new directions arrived in the guise of Colombian singer J Balvin performing “Ambiente.”  Enriched by a moody intro featuring Mexican chanteuse Carla Morrison, Balvin’s singing sounded open and vulnerable against the smoldering reggaetón rhythmic pattern.One of the evening’s most hotly anticipated appearances was Rosalía’s, the 25 year-old singer from Catalonia who this year stirred the status quo of Latin music with an innovative blend of flamenco passion and hip-hop sensibility.  Rosalía did not disappoint, adding an earthy flamenco interlude to her volatile interpretation of global hit “Malamente.” ManáPhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage ManáPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images for LARAS Returning to more traditional territory, Puerto Rican singer Víctor Manuelle delivered a spectacular version of “Quiero Tiempo.”  In typical Manuelle fashion—he is a pioneer of the slick salsa romántica wave—the song started as a velvety tropical pop confection, then intensified as the spidery piano tumbao and fiery brass riffs veered into hardcore salsa territory.From authentic salsa soundscapes, the show transitioned into the roots of Mexican folk, as 15 year-old Ángela Aguilar – daughter of Pepe Aguilar, and granddaughter of golden era icons Antonio Aguilar and Flor Silvestre—moved the audience with a stunning version of the classic “La Llorona.”  Aguilar navigated the lyrics as if it was a torch-song, with a bluesy growl that showcased her remarkable vocal abilities. Luis MiguelPhoto: Omar Vega/Getty Images RosalíaPhoto: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for LARAS Karol G Wins Best New Artist At 2018 Latin GRAMMYs RosalíaPhoto: Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto/Getty Images ManáPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images for LARAS Jorge DrexlerPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Who Will Win Best New Artist At The Latin GRAMMYs? News Why Rosalía Is A Rising Global Pop Star NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 15, 2018 – 8:40 pm Karol G Wins Best New Artist At 2018 Latin GRAMMYs Jorge DrexlerPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Luis MiguelPhoto: Omar Vega/Getty Images Luis Miguel Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY 2018 Latin GRAMMYs 19 Things You Didn’t Know About The Latin GRAMMYs Karol GPhoto: Sam Wasson/Getty Images Mon Laferte at the 18th Latin Grammy AwardsPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Complete Winners List Why Rosalía Is A Rising Global Pop Star 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Complete Winners List https://twitter.com/LatinGRAMMYs/status/1063264920853143552 Who Will Win Best New Artist At The Latin GRAMMYs? Mon Laferte at the 18th Latin Grammy AwardsPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Read morelast_img read more

Kamal confident none can stop people Siddiqui foresees victory

first_imgDr Kamal HossainJatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain on Saturday warned that no one attempting to suppress democracy will be spared.Krishak Sramik Janata League chief Abdul Kader Siddiqui expressed confidence that none will be able to stop the victory of the initiative of Kamal Hossain to ensure free and fair elections in the country.At a discussion, Kamal Hossain called upon all to consolidate the national unity, reports UNB.”Repeated attempts had been made over the last 47 years to destroy democracy, but no one had been able to do it. I recall all that …No one had been able to destroy democracy and won’t be able to do it in the future, too,” he said.Kamal further said, “If anyone thinks we’re hapless people and they can rule us and exploit us as per their whim, they are wrong. The Banglaee nation proved it during the 1971 and also after 1975 that those who deceived them they had to pay a heavy price for such mistakes.”He also warned that no one can suppress the Bangalees who defeated the Pakistani occupation forces and forced them to surrender to them.Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) organised the programme at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh to mark the jail killing day commemorating the assassinations of four national leaders inside Dhaka Central Jail on 3 November 1975.As per the constitution signed by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Kamal said people are the owner of the country. “The owners have the right and some responsibilities as well. We can’t sacrifice the national interests to protect any party or individual’s interests.”Mentioning that the national will observe the 50th anniversary of its birth three years later, he called upon all to get united to complete the unfinished tasks of Bangabandhu and materialise the dreams of freedom fighters.Kamal Hossain hoped that KSJL president Abdul Kader Siddiqui will be there with Oikya Front with the goal of building the country as dreamt by freedom fighters.Speaking at the programme, Kader Siddiqui praised the leadership of Kamal and said the Oikya Front has already achieved its victory after forcing prime minister Sheikh Hasina to hold talks with its leaders.”Kamal Hossain is now the top most leader of the Oikya Front. I think he is also now unofficially the main leader of the entire nation.”He said it was true that Kamal Hossain could not win any polls barely 12 or three days back. “But now he can win the election from any seat of the country.”Kader Siddiqui also said Awami League will not even get 19 seats if any fair election is held in the country.He also said now the government is not in a good position as it was forced to sit with BNP leader in talks though they had been saying they smelled the odour of ‘burn bodies’ from them.Kader Siddiqui said Bikolpa Dhara President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury was supposed to join the programme, but he finally declined to be present as Kamal Hossain was made the chief guest.last_img read more

Luxembourg joins nerve attack row recalls ambassador to Moscow

first_imgBags containing protective clothing are seen after Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons left after visiting the scene of the nerve agent attack on former Russian agent Sergei Skripal, in Salisbury. ReutersLuxembourg is recalling its ambassador to Moscow for consultations in the latest show of solidarity from EU states to Britain over the poisoning of an ex-spy, the government said in a statement on Wednesday.The move comes just a day after the tiny but wealthy grand duchy said it would not follow the lead of 18 other EU states that have so far expelled Russian diplomats over the nerve agent attack in the English city of Salisbury.“In the context of the Salisbury attack, the government of Luxembourg stands in full solidarity with Britain, faced by this grave challenge to our common security,” said a foreign ministry statement.Noting that Luxembourg shared Britain’s assessment that it was highly likely Russia was responsible, it added that “Foreign and European affairs minister Jean Asselborn has decided to recall Luxembourg’s ambassador to Moscow for consultations”.Asselborn had been quoted by broadcaster RTL on Tuesday as saying that Luxembourg would not expel any Russian diplomats.“As far as Luxembourg is concerned, we have a very limited number of Russian diplomats here and, despite all our efforts, we have been unable to prove that any spy or person is working against Luxembourg’s interests,” he said at the time.Luxembourg is one of the EU’s smallest states but is disproportionately influential due to its status as one of the union’s founding countries and the site of several of its key institutions.Bulgaria, which currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency, has taken a similar step by saying it will recall its ambassador for consultations but not expel any Russian diplomats.Austria is one of the key states that has said it will not take any action, saying it wants to be a bridge between east and west.Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Slovenia, Slovakia and Portugal have also not taken any action so far.last_img read more