Interview, nominated for National Magazine Awards. Cover shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

The finalists of the National Magazine Awards shows that the print medium is far from being dead, is enjoying a remarkably creative afterlife in the digital age

The American Society of Magazine Editors announced the finalists of The National Magazine Awards 2012. Familiar names feature highlighting excellence in different magazine production, from reporting to design and photography. Multiple nominees include New York (6), The New Yorker (6), GQ (5), Wired (4).


The shortlist for photography includes GQ, Interview, National Geographic, Virginia Quarterly Review and Vogue. Photographic highlights include the February 2012 National Geographic cover, shot by artist William Wegman.

While the Design nominees include Bloomberg Businessweek, GQ, Interview, New York and Wired magazine. The design innovation of Bloomberg’s Businessweek (and its Creative Director Richard Turley) is highlighted by a recent cover illustrating an Airline merger with an image of two planes, um, having sex… As Turley explained his creative relationship with Bloomberg editor Josh Tyrangiel to The Atlantic Magazine,

“The cover conversations happen quite quickly. Sometimes that’s a product of our proximity. Sometimes we just email a bit and say something and come up with an idea. Josh comes up with a lot of the cover ideas. It was Josh who said, “How about planes having sex for the cover?” And I was like “YES.” Sometimes I get a bit too much of the credit.”

We will look at some other great work later in the week. The awards are announced on May 3 at the New York Marriot Marquis.


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