Welcome to our first edition of the Newsweek also-rans, a brand new nwk tumblr feature from our friends in the art department!
Here’s Dirk Barnett, Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s Creative Director:
Every week we produce anywhere from 10-20 different cover ideas until we settle on what works best or as the story develops, so at the end of each week we wind up with a proverbial wastebasket full of scrapped concepts.
The week’s cover, “The Politics of Sex,” is a perfect example to kick this off. These directions are a combination of ideas generated in-house and commissions to various illustrators, designers, studios, ad agencies, etc. This week, we tapped the creative minds at ad agency Hill Holiday and the design studio Dress Code, as well as renowned book designer Rodrigo Corral. Take a look at what’s left on our cutting room floor this week. Enjoy!
Here’s the cover that made newsstands this week. Which of the also-rans is your favorite?
[Design credits, from top left: Dress Code, Dress Code, Hill Holiday, Hill Holiday, Hill Holiday, Rodrigo Corral, Rodrigo Corral]
Are these covers better than the one that actually ran? Admit the one with the condom flag (bottom right) is kind of amazing.
End Of An Era of the Day: Early this morning, the last US troop crossed the Iraqi border into Kuwait, closing the door behind him.
Literally: “The gate to #iraq is closed,” tweeted NBC News’ Richard Engel. “Soldier just told me, ‘that’s it, the war is over.’”
Approximately 100 MRAP armored vehicles with some 500 American soldiers on board made up the very last column to leave the country. The trek from their base to the border lasted five hours.
“I just can’t wait to call my wife and kids and let them know I am safe,” said Sgt. First Class Rodolfo Ruiz when the company was in sight of the border. “Hey guys, you made it,” he later announced to his soldiers, with Iraq, and the war, to their backs.
Below: A U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator drone watches overhead as the last troops leave Iraq.
This has got to make the next episode of that World’s Dumbest Criminals show.
Whoopsie Daisy of the Day: A pair of burglars were busted yesterday by Madison police after one of the men accidentally butt-dialed 911 while the two were chatting about their latest heist.
According to a police report, 29-year-old Jason S. Hamielec and 28-year-old Brian A. Johnson went on and on about their intent to sell DVDs and video games they stole from Target, providing authorities with a description of their vehicle, and the location of the store where they were planning to offload their stolen merch.
As soon as the thieves arrived at their destination, police swarmed the scene and arrested them. As neither had bothered to hang up the phone, a dispatcher was still on the line at the time, and could hear the whole thing go down.
Person Of The Year of the Day: TIME picks “The Protester” as its Person of the Year for 2011.
No one could have known that when a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire in a public square, it would incite protests that would topple dictators and start a global wave of dissent. In 2011, protesters didn’t just voice their complaints; they changed the world.
(Cover Art: Shepard Fairey.)
The Daily What Geek:
2011 in Lego of the Day: The Guardian has rounded up some of the biggest news stories and most iconic images of 2011 — from the famous White House SitRoom photo to infamous Pepper Spray Cop Lt. John Pike — recreated in Lego form by Flickr users.
Check out the images [by following the link], and see if there’s anything they missed. (No, the release of Skyrim doesn’t count.)
Rollins College junior Jordan Thomas, who lost both of his legs in a scuba accident when he was 16, walks on campus, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. He created the Jordan Thomas Foundation to cover the cost of artificial limbs for children whose families can’t afford them. So far, the foundation has raised $1 million. (Joe Burbank, Orlando Sentinel /September 6, 2011)
Two nights of rioting in London’s Tottenham neighborhood erupted following protests over the shooting death by police of a local man, Mark Duggan. Police were arresting him when the shooting occurred. Over 170 people were arrested over the two nights of rioting, and fires gutted several stores, buildings, and cars. The disorder spread to other neighborhoods as well, with shops being looted in the chaos. Collected here are images from the rioting and the aftermath. — Lane Turner