The Worst Magazine Cover at the Worst Moment

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Letter to self and to anyone else:

This is the wrong cover at the wrong time. And if you try read the front-of-the-book articles, it gets worse and worse. Thanks for the emotional boost, New York Magazine!

Panic is sudden, uncontrollable fear or anxiety, often causing wildly unthinking behavior. The best way to trigger panic is to enable panic. I realize that this cover is cleverly designed to illustrate what our city, state, country and world are “feeling” at this moment. But I “feel” it does more harm as the meme of the moment than good. We need solutions, not more fear and chaos. ‘Nuff said.


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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →

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