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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.

1981

Design: Andrew P. Kner. Photos: Harold Whitely.


1982

Bill Purdom


1983

David Wilcox


1984

Rafal Oblinski


1985

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


1986

Bill Nelson


1987

Design: Rick Eiber, Andrew P. Kner. Photo: Ben Kerns.


1988

Design: Andrew P. Kner. Illustration: Shelley Daniels. Photo: Galante / Marzelli.


1989

Design: Andrew P. Kner. Photo: Nick Rosza.


1990

Design: Scott Menchin. Photo: William Duke.


1991

McRay Magleby


1992

Design: Peter Good. Photo: Jim Coon.


1993

Kit Hinrichs


1994

Carin Goldberg


1995

Charles Waller


1996

Sam Kuo


1997

Chris Ware


1998

Michael Ian Kaye


2000

Design and illustration: Steven Brower


2001

Design: Steven Brower


2002

Art Direction and design: Steven Brower. Photography: Richie Fahey. Hair/makeup: Maria Cristina. Models: CJ Lashuk, Greg Jackson.


2003

Design by Steven Brower


2004

Design by Stephanie Skirvin


2005

Abbott Miller/Pentagram


2006

Photography: Michael Schmelling.


2007

Nicholas Blechman


2008

Gluekit


2009

Photography: Henry Hargreaves.


2010

2011

Photography: Brenden Beecy.


2012

Jason Polan


2013

Debbie Millman


2014

Sean Adams


Marian Bantjes

Marian Bantjes


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