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Decades-Worth of Design Magazine Covers

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.


Bill Purdom


David Wilcox


Rafal Oblinski


Design: Andrew P. Kner. Model: Suzanne Couture. Photo: Karen Leeds.


Bill Nelson


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.


McRay Magleby


Design: Peter Good. Photo: Jim Coon.


Kit Hinrichs


Carin Goldberg


Charles Waller


Sam Kuo


Chris Ware


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


Abbott Miller/Pentagram


Photography: Michael Schmelling.


Nicholas Blechman


Gluekit


Photography: Henry Hargreaves.


Photography: Brenden Beecy.


Jason Polan


Debbie Millman


Sean Adams


Marian Bantjes


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Kelli Anderson


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