Laurie Boettcher
Marketing and Digital Marketing Program Director and Instructor

On the Cover of a Magazine

Assessment Published 11/8/17 Last updated on 3/2/20

In my Visual Design course, at the close of our Adobe Photoshop unit, students create a magazine cover featuring themselves!

Students must use an existing magazine as inspiration. Their completed project includes: (also see rubric)


•Date line


•Main image of you and credit


•Six to eight cover lines

•Anchorage copy for each cover line

•Demonstration of design elements, principles, typography, and color psychology

I've attached the PowerPoint and rubric I use for the assignment.

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

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Eric Chow

Posted on 2/4/20 8:38:33 PM Permalink

Awesome project! My students will love working on this. Thank you!​

Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 8/31/19 9:18:43 PM Permalink

Thanks for sharing Laurie

Sarah Johnson

Posted on 3/18/19 12:05:33 AM Permalink

I teach a Digital Publication Design course where my students create a magazine cover and two-page spread. Your rubric is so helpful. Thanks for sharing!

Litsa Tzelepis

Posted on 5/24/18 3:26:38 AM Permalink

​I love the project and your marking scheme. The PowerPoint is so handy. Thank-you kindly, Laurie.

ninoshka boylston

Posted on 2/7/18 7:53:08 PM Permalink

I can't open the it saved as a Powerpoint file? ​

Jennie Wunderle

Posted on 1/24/18 12:15:51 AM Permalink

​Hi there, it would be good to see the final product examples....although I know privacy is an issue.

Robyn Mortimer

Posted on 1/17/18 6:54:37 AM Permalink

​A very useful resource thanks. The examples will be good for the students to see what they can achieve.

Ruth Alsobrook-Hurich

Posted on 1/4/18 10:55:10 PM Permalink

​Thank you.

David Ryan

Posted on 12/22/17 1:01:12 AM Permalink

​Excellent resource. Will use it to improve my lesson planning.

Lisa Morgan

Posted on 12/21/17 11:17:34 PM Permalink

​download is just pages of "code"... what gives?

james kinney

Posted on 12/21/17 2:53:31 PM Permalink

Laurie. Thanks for sharing these resources. ​Item 1 on your rubric awards more points for a C than for an A (11 vs. 10, respectively).

Jan Fisher

Posted on 12/21/17 1:17:02 PM Permalink

​Thank you! Excellent resources. I will be using this in my class this Spring.

Victoria Thor

Posted on 12/20/17 7:01:58 PM Permalink

​Thanks! I'll compare to my student's project. We create magazine covers using Illustrator.

Yaneidy Vazquez

Posted on 12/20/17 6:09:13 PM Permalink

​I just started this project two months ago! Going to see how to improve. Thank you!

Ashley Stroud

Posted on 12/20/17 4:41:20 PM Permalink

​Excellent resources. I particularly like your rubric examples of what required steps look like instead of just the descriptions. Thank you for sharing.

Janice Gilbert

Posted on 12/20/17 4:40:30 PM Permalink

​Great project.. I just wished I had this before I assigned it to my students. But I will use the rubric to grade what they did complete. I will definitely use it for next school year project. Love It!!

Gwen Meltzer

Posted on 12/20/17 3:31:14 PM Permalink

I already have a Magazine Cover project that I've been doing for years- but thanks to those specific parameters about what is to be included - the end results will look much more professional!!!​

enrique perez

Posted on 12/20/17 3:27:32 PM Permalink

UPDATE: i searched for the original file. I right -clicked on it, chose "Open file with" Microsoft 2008 Power Point" and it opened!

Thanks! Works great!

enrique perez

Posted on 12/20/17 3:24:34 PM Permalink

Hi. Im on a Mac and these files I can't read. Any idea why? ​"VD MAGAZINE COVER PAT PP.PPTX.html"

I click on it, and it gives me code on a separate Safari window. I can't see the lesson.

t komar

Posted on 12/20/17 3:46:19 PM Permalink

I downloaded and put them up on my google drive to see them

t komar

Posted on 12/20/17 1:23:14 PM Permalink

​Great project - only difference is I teach the first 2 steps of the DP 1- Research 2- Brainstorming

Stephen Horvath

Posted on 12/20/17 12:52:38 PM Permalink

​This is a great idea! Kids love to talk about themselves. I passed it on to my co-adviser who teaches our desktop publishing class. Thanks!

Newton Matthews

Posted on 12/19/17 11:24:24 PM Permalink

Excellent Idea for my student. They loved it.​

Corinne Smolizza

Posted on 12/19/17 10:17:36 PM Permalink

Thank you for sharing. I teach an introduction to photoshop course for non-designers any suggestions on where to begin. Sometimes I feel it’s so hard to get them excited in creating something new and getting out of the box. I would appreciate any feedback.

Karen Mills

Posted on 12/19/17 9:39:01 PM Permalink

​Thank you.

Laurie Boettcher

Posted on 12/19/17 9:50:12 PM Permalink

You're welcome.

Ana Arrieta

Posted on 12/19/17 9:38:39 PM Permalink

​great Project!

Laurie Boettcher

Posted on 12/19/17 9:50:04 PM Permalink


L Crane

Posted on 12/19/17 9:14:20 PM Permalink

​Thank you for sharing. I love this project!

Laurie Boettcher

Posted on 12/19/17 9:49:59 PM Permalink

You're welcome!