News Story from: 1/16/15
January 16, 2015 – Washington, D.C. – A stark, wordless, black and white cover heralds the bold redesign of Foreign Policy magazine, the publication’s first cover-to-cover makeover since it became a glossy in 2000. The new look is the result of months of intense collaboration among editors and designers. The January/February 2015 issue’s cover image, a wilting, bleeding earth, stunningly foretells the timely theme of the long-form stories inside: climate change.
The FP Group’s CEO and Editor David Rothkopf noted in a letter to readers, “We’re confident that you will find the new FP to be both fresher and more engaging than it has ever been; and we are certain that, as you explore the magazine, you will be struck by the intelligent, fresh, and rule-breaking graphic design.” Rothkopf said the magazine’s key mandate remains “To provide perspectives on important global trends that are available nowhere else and ensure that each issue covers technology, economics, national security, energy, and overlooked cultural issues.”
Executive Editor Mindy Kay Bricker and Creative Director Lindsay Ballant, who Rothkopf credited with performing a “wonderful job,” led the redesign team of editors, art directors and writers. He said their efforts are only the beginning of another year of change and innovation at Foreign Policy. “Expect a refreshed mobile version of the website, expanded videofeatures and new podcasts, as well as many other online enhancements.” He said the future holds “exciting new events” hosted in venues worldwide by the FP Group, bringing to life – with newsmaker interviews, forums, panels and the annual “Global Thinkers” honors – the words and images that distinguish the print and online versions of FP.
We include in this release the cover image, by illustrator Mike McQuade. Later this month, the climate issue features will be published on foreignpolicy.com. In “Exile By Another Name,” Pulitzer-prize winner Kenneth R. Weiss explores the real story behind how a Pacific Island migrant farmer accidentally became a test case for climate refugees around the world. McKenzie Funk takes readers into the shadows of carbon-trading fraud in “Cap and Fraud.” FP’s own Keith Johnson explores the complicated legacy and the future of coal in “Dirty Pretty Rock.” Readers will be intrigued, too, by “The Solar Pilot,” a photo inventory of what Bertrand Piccard considers the essential tools, if not tons of fuel, for his upcoming five-month hot air balloon journey, Solar Impulse 2.
These stories augment other new sections such as a new travel feature, The Fixer, and Aperture, our new home for photo essays, as well as refreshed versions of the magazine’s most popular features.