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mental_floss magazine

mental_floss magazine

Free magazine cover design contest, win $500!
Contest ended 9 years ago 9/23/2006 12:00:00 AM EDT

Contest Info

  • Cost: Free
  • Jackpot: 100 credits

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The humor lays in the mouse-made smile and the button. Photo sources for both backgrounds and the robot images come from MorgueFiles and are free to use.
I know that Einstein's image was NOT going to be featured "prominently" on this cover, so I choose a small button version of our "Fearless Leader" to be worn by the robot. (This is on a separate layer if it's not wanted). It is a public domain image from:


Trying to picture the "How to grow your own organs"-story. Color scheme is changeable and plenty of room for sell lines.

Source 1 (credit to hakze at sxc-hu. I have her permission to use it)

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Attempted to create a retro feel for this cover, for I have always been taken with the look of science-future imagery. Saturated colors energize and empower, thus enabling a vision of a brighter future yet to come.


Well this one took me a while!
This is all illustrated to create an eye catching look for the "future" edition.

Compression is KILLING this file, so please view the large version all the way over
HERE so you can actually see what's going on!

If there are any worries about the text not standing out on the left (I think it's fine...) It could easily be edited to make the background lighter under the text :)


Source List:
Line One: Arial Black (Special 5th...).
Line Two: Arial Narrow Bold (mental_) and Arial Narrow (floss).
Line Three: Arial narrow Bold (feel smart...).
Line Four: Arial Narrow Bold Italic (Travel With Us...) and Arial Narrow Bold (Future).
Lines Five thru Eleven: Arial Narrow Bold (Will Idiocy Survive...).

All images created by me. Scans of reference pencil sketches included in .PSD file. No reference used to create camera/tripod.


This is for the Grow Your Own Organs story. Edits can be made based on the client's requests.

All sources are free for use... I'll add them to the comments after I compile a list.


Watch the World (pollution and all) pass you by--from Mars!

Check full version for better clarity.
Sources: royalty free from

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Each bubble depicts a story from the magazine: Growing your own bodyparts, flying car, and remember everything. Source for Photograph