With issue 200 coming up, we've been trawling our archives for some hidden cover gems
As we approach issue 200 of Computer Arts – on sale from April 5 in the UK – we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some Computer Arts ‘classic’ covers of the past. If it shows only one thing, it’s how far how far we – and indeed illustration and graphic design – have come in the last 200 issues and 17 years. Enjoy and let us know your favourite (or worst) in the comments.
Issue 43, April 2000
We think we’re in love. This shaded siren tried desperately to draw you into picking up the magazine – along with the exclusive demo of Cinema 4D XL 6, that is. Other brilliant coverlines included ‘8 Monitors’. What could that be about?
Issue 18, May 1998
We were a little obsessed with Bryce back in the 1990s, so much so we crafted this – which garnered responses of “Is it an eye or is it a landscape?”. We still don’t know to this day. Answers on a postcard, please.
Issue 16, March 1998
How we cooed over the cover, which was specially commissioned from ‘The Attik’ (now just Attik). One of the best headlines from inside the issue was “Make video grainy, like film”. We considered submitting that one for a Pulitzer Prize but we couldn’t find any stamps.
Issue 32, June 1999
Ah, the giant wasp issue. We were obviously trying to create a buzz around this cover. What could be more alluring than a huge alien wasp about to plunge its gargantuan stinger into your brain? Still, as far as using Nurbz in form•Z3 goes, it provided a nice modelling masterclass for the time.
Issue 20, July 1998
Once again we got a little obsessed by eyes – this time presenting one, sans head, protruding from an alien flower with springs and Computer Arts logos. ‘Make your 3D skills bloom’ we said.
Issue 74, September 2002
If it was digital photography secrets you were after, we weren’t about to disappoint. But, honestly, what the hell were we thinking? Sorry, but we just can’t get over this one – and doubt we ever will.
Issue 11, November 1997
Rather bravely, the cover promises “All you need for realistic rendering” despite the image looking rather like Michael Jackson in a tutu. Our giveaway of Poser 1 prompted such madness, and we still get folk asking for this long-defunct back issue today.
Issue 13, Winter 1997
Of course, hindsight is always 20/20, but no one could ever have loved the cover of issue 13, surely? Here we are, reviewing 3ds Max 2 and calling it “indisputably the greatest 3D package for the PC” – and how do we illustrate it? Why, with a comatose android-thing wearing lipstick, of course. Oh, and notice the substituted font on this jpeg – not intentional!
Issue 23, October 1998
“Make dreams a reality with Bryce 3D” we boldly stated on our issue 23 cover. And if our dreams were like that, it was obviously a pretty bad time. An interesting surrealist beach scene littered with apples, clocks, chess pieces and a rather menacing stone head, showed just what was possible in the free copy of Bryce 2 on the magazine’s CD-ROM.
Issue 1, December 1995
Where it all started. Back in 1995 we were ‘The magazine of art, design and technology’ and featured this rather bizarre double-honkered redhead. We also showed you how to ‘Burn your own CD’ and interviewed Neville Brody. So not everything has changed (we're referring to the latter - we hope you can burn a CD).
Read the full interview with Neville Brody from issue one on this site from Monday 12 March.