The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) is looking for a cover design for the fall 2016 of its magazine for college students, the *Intercollegiate Review* (IR). The IR is mailed to about 10,000 conservative college students who are members of ISI, and ISI representatives distribute another 8,000 copies on college campuses across America.
Fall 2016 brings a themed issue: The Presidential Issue. Almost every article is about the presidency. *BUT* ISI is a nonpartisan organization; we are not campaigning for or against any candidate. The point of the issue is to get college students thinking about just what they should be looking for in a president, why people’s expectations of what a president can do are often overblown, why we focus too much on five-point plans and not enough on basics like character and leadership.
We’re looking for an eye-catching cover that will appeal to college students.
Here are some of our recent covers we especially like:
See other IR covers here: https://issuu.com/intercollegiatest…sinstitute
Here are details/specs:
TRIM SIZE: 8.5 inches x 10.875 inches (please add 0.1875-inch bleed all around)
TITLE: Intercollegiate Review (see logo attached; we have also included an InDesign page with placeholders for cover lines at top)
HEADLINE: The Presidential Issue
Please feel free to come up with your own approaches. Don’t feel restricted to the ideas below. These are just a few things that came up in brainstorming.
(NOTE: We include a lot of hyperlinks to give you an idea of what we're thinking of. We're NOT saying you should use these particular images.)
1) Clean, simple, icon-driven:
See magazine covers like http://img.timeinc.net/time/magazin…06_400.jpg and http://www.coverjunkie.com/new-covers/18471
Maybe a vote button against a clean white background. Except instead of the word “VOTE,” the button would say “THE PRESIDENTIAL ISSUE.” The button would look something like http://marketing-assets.avvo.com/up…Button.jpg or http://previews.123rf.com/images/aw…Vector.jpg.
Or maybe there’s another icon that can capture the presidential theme? We want to avoid anything too clichéd, like a picture of the White House—unless there’s a creative spin on it (like http://www.coverjunkie.com/new-covers/18380).
Perhaps a bronze presidential seal, like http://img09.deviantart.net/c529/i/…7wiwpc.png or https://cdn.vectorstock.com/i/compo…091740.jpg or
Or the Oval Office ceiling (may be too hard to see): http://www.dallasnews.com/incoming/…eiling.jpg or http://www.lbjlibrary.org/assets/up…t/seal.jpg
2) Word cloud concept:
We toyed with the idea of a picture of the presidential podium shown the front, on a clean white background (not this exactly, but something like it). But instead of a person behind the podium, you see the outline of a word cloud that forms the outline of a man. (For the basic concept of the word cloud outline, see https://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/onl…383193.jpg or https://tagul.com/static/img/galler…a6zd.png.) The word cloud could be made up of words like: leadership, character, principle, ethics, vision, judgment, virtue, prudence, experience, executive, Constitution, power, faith, orator, confidence, courage, inspire, creativity, delegate, federalism, respect, compassion, American, nation, Founders, Washington, national security, commander in chief, direction, conviction, intelligence, election, campaign, responsibility, economy, education, health care, country, politics, values, opportunity, White House, Oval Office, republic, victory, strength, knowledge, wisdom, entrepreneurship, bravery, charisma, future, greatness, industry, hope, success, rights, people, candidate, electoral college, majority, veto, Congress, Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, military, citizen, tact, backbone, bipartisan, humility, patience, love, humor, eloquence, resilience, flexibility, compromise, diplomacy, heart, personality, calmness, grace
Or maybe you could do a word cloud of the White House instead?
3) Perhaps an overhead view of the Oval Office and/or the Oval Office rug with the presidential seal? Not this picture exactly, but something like it: http://media.washtimes.com.s3.amazo…575184.jpg
Perhaps the headline could wrap around the edge of the rug?
4) Again, please feel free to come up with your own ideas. Those are just a few brainstorming ideas.