When PRINT turned 75 in 2015, it gave us a great excuse to blissfully disappear into the bowels of the archives with a scanner for days on end.
The covers for the annual RDA—which is now nearly 40 years old—serve as an evolutionary chart for the field’s aesthetics and trends over the years.
Here is an updated list of all the RDA covers from the past four decades, from the bold to the brilliant to the bizarre.
Design: Andrew P. Kner. Photos: Harold Whitely.
Design: Andrew P. Kner. Model: Suzanne Couture. Photo: Karen Leeds.
Design: Rick Eiber, Andrew P. Kner. Photo: Ben Kerns.
Design: Andrew P. Kner. Illustration: Shelley Daniels. Photo: Galante / Marzelli.
Design: Andrew P. Kner. Photo: Nick Rosza.
Design: Scott Menchin. Photo: William Duke.
Design: Peter Good. Photo: Jim Coon.
Michael Ian Kaye
Design and illustration: Steven Brower
Design: Steven Brower
Art Direction and design: Steven Brower. Photography: Richie Fahey. Hair/makeup: Maria Cristina. Models: CJ Lashuk, Greg Jackson.
Design by Steven Brower
Design by Stephanie Skirvin
Photography: Michael Schmelling.
Photography: Henry Hargreaves.
Photography: Brenden Beecy.