I’m collect vintage editorial design ephemera. Some of the most beautiful design work on printed page comes from the groundbreaking (at the time) Playboy Magazine. Art Paul, the first and long-time art director, brought a sophisticated modern style to the layout and presentation of what was otherwise another “gentleman’s publication” in a saturated sea of "girlie mags.”
In my own research, I learned that there was never a March issue in the first full year of the magazine. According to certain accounts, the printer deadline was missed for March. I decided take this production lapse and turn it into a editorial design exercise of historical and cultural archetypes. Borrowing from era-accurate imagery and illustrations, I explored what could have been– even including the “hidden bunny” motif on each design. Can you find them all?
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