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Pop Cult Mag has This Interesting Look at how magazine cover design has changed over the years. From the \"golden age\" of magazine popularity in the 1920s-\'30s and on through to the early \'60s, even the most mainstream of magazines tried to lure in readers with distinctive design, original typography, and striking artwork.
Today, the art of the magazine cover has been vanquished by celebrity worship and bad taste. Designers are simply fulfilling the dictates of their industry, not unlike the paint person on an auto assembly line. Innovation, creative expression, or even cleverness has been mostly abandoned.