Inspiring Beauty: Design a Magazine

Valentino (Italian) Evening ensemble, fall/winter 1974–75 Silk chiffon, ostrich feathers Lent by Johnson Publishing Company, LLC Chicago History Museum, Johnson Publishing

As a class or in small groups, review various magazine covers, such as Ebony, which was highlighted in the Inspiring Beauty exhibition. Ask students to identify the magazine’s key components, for instance, the masthead (or title), cover photo, cover lines (highlighting the stories inside), and the dateline (with the issue date and price). Make a list of the differences and similarities that you notice between several different types of magazines, such as between a fashion magazine and a sports or a cooking magazine. Use this information as you work in teams to create magazine covers. Consider working with the photography class to assist with cover photos. Extend the lesson by writing a short article to complement one of the cover lines.

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