Covers attention-grabbers

The cover designs of Critic art director Andrew Jacombs have won international praise. Photo by...
The cover designs of Critic art director Andrew Jacombs have won international praise. Photo by Jane Dawber.
A cover style to rival some of the most recognised magazine titles in the world has earned Andrew Jacombs (22) a plaudit from an international industry design publication.

Mr Jacombs designs the distinctive covers for University of Otago student magazine Critic and his efforts have attracted the attention of industry style guide coverjunkie.

Three of Critic's covers from last year were nominated on the coverjunkie website, which rates magazine covers from around the world.

The cover of the final 2011 edition of Critic was selected in the final 214 "best of" collection of magazine fronts alongside some of the world's most leading titles, such as TIME, Esquire, The New Yorker, Vogue, Sports Illustrated and lift-outs from the New York Times and United Kingdom weekly The Sunday Times.

Mr Jacombs said being picked in the annual collection was a complete surprise. He knew about the blogsite through his studies as a design major in the bachelor of consumer and applied science degree.

"I had no idea I was going to be selected. The first I knew was being sent the publication and opening it up.

"It's a huge honour, really. These are some major figures and titles in the magazine industry and here is my work featured alongside them." Critic was the only New Zealand magazine cover to feature in the collection.


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