20 Stunning Fictional Magazine Covers You Will Want to Pickup and Read Designed By FIDM Graphic Design Students

Many of the students enrolled in the Graphic Design program at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising look forward to one class in particular: Publication Design. Combining many of the skills the students have developed in previous classes, from composition and conceptual development they’ve learned in 2D Design, to photography, typography and art direction, FIDM Publication Design Instructor, Randy Dunbar challenges his students to develop an entire magazine from scratch. Dunbar brings a wealth of knowledge after working in creative role for major publications such as Health, Self, Muscle & Fitness to Mademoiselle, Brides, GQ and Home.

“Magazine design is about telling stories from both a visual and typographical point of view over many pages, and for many students this is a challenge in both the concept and execution,” says Dunbar. “Magazine design is also a fast-paced environment where, given the amount of pages in a magazine, the designs need to be created quickly. While it is fast-paced, the attention to detail is never greater. Magazines are created to be read so the designs, while hopefully unique and original, must also convey a simplicity which invites understanding from the reader.

Below, we’ve curated 20 recent examples of stunning magazine covers we wish we could pick up and read today.

To see the full portfolios of all of the FIDM Graphic Design Grads featured below, make sure to visit our portfolio page.

“Fringe” Covers by Laura Stafford

Fictional magazine cover designed by FIDM Graphic Design Student Laura StaffordFictional magazine cover designed by FIDM Graphic Design Student Laura Stafford Fictional magazine cover designed by FIDM Graphic Design Student Laura Stafford

“Destructive” Covers by Cody Diodato

Fictional magazine cover designed by FIDM Graphic Design Student Cody Diodato Fictional magazine cover designed by FIDM Graphic Design Student Cody Diodato Fictional magazine cover designed by FIDM Graphic Design Student Cody Diodato

“Gypsum” Covers by Jordan Dobrowski

Fictional magazine cover designed by FIDM Graphic Design Student Jordan DobrowskiFictional magazine cover designed by FIDM Graphic Design Student Jordan Dobrowski

“Revel” Covers by Carrie Rooney

Fictional magazine cover designed by FIDM Graphic Design Student Carrie RooneyFictional magazine cover designed by FIDM Graphic Design Student Carrie Rooney

“Bolt” Covers by Allison Rosenzweig

Fictional magazine cover designed by FIDM Graphic Design Student Allison Rosenzweig Fictional magazine cover designed by FIDM Graphic Design Student Allison Rosenzweig Fictional magazine cover designed by FIDM Graphic Design Student Allison Rosenzweig

“Seek” Covers by Kimia Hangafarin

Fictional magazine cover designed by FIDM Graphic Design Student Kimia HangafarinFictional magazine cover designed by FIDM Graphic Design Student Kimia Hangafarin

“Look” Cover by Alexander Rivera

Fictional magazine cover designed by FIDM Graphic Design Student Alexander Rivera

“Vida” Covers by Jamie Long

Fictional magazine cover designed by FIDM Graphic Design Student Jamie LongFictional magazine cover designed by FIDM Graphic Design Student Jamie Long

“Fervor” Cover by Amanda Wood

Fictional magazine cover designed by FIDM Graphic Design Student Amanda Wood

“Femme” Cover by Hailey Kim

Fictional magazine cover designed by FIDM Graphic Design Student Hailey Kim

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Author: James Peacock

James Peacock is a Digital Marketing Specialist at FIDM in Los Angeles, California. He received his A.A. in Graphic Design from FIDM and was hired as Social Media Assistant in 2013 by his alma mater in order to help grow the institution’s social media marketing efforts. James now combines two of his passions, telling stories and solving problems by managing data-driven marketing campaigns across multiple channels that ultimately result in a positive return on investment.

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