DG Christmas special: Stack’s cover competition


‘What would the Stack magazines look like if they made Christmas special issues’? Stack’s Steve Watson wanted to find out, so he asked people to send in their black and white designs for fictitious Christmas issues of independent magazines.

We’re really flattered to see a few designs for a Delayed Gratification Christmas cover on this Pinterest board¬†which features all the entries. And we’re especially impressed by Terry Hearnshaw’s design (above) that made it to second place in the competition.

We hope the pain of just losing out on Stack’s prize money is soothed ever so slightly by the free year’s subscription we’re sending Terry to say thanks for the awesome design.

For more indie mag Christmas cover designs, check Stack’s top 10 here, or browse all entries here.


Honed design, relaxed writing and an almanac approach to the passing years”Observer

Jam-packed with information... a counterpoint to the speedy news feeds we've grown accustomed to”Creative Review

A slower, more reflective type of journalism”Creative Review

A chic magazine with fine infographics and long stories”Die Zeit

A very cool magazine... It's like if Greenland Sharks made a newspaper”Qi podcast

A fantastic publication that puts current events into perspective”Qi podcast

Quality, intelligence and inspiration: the trilogy that drives the makers of Delayed Gratification”El Mundo

Refreshing... parries the rush of 24-hour news with 'slow journalism'”The Telegraph

A leisurely (and contrary) look backwards over the previous three months”The Telegraph

Perhaps we could all get used to this Delayed idea...”BBC Radio 4 - Today Programme

Everyone should read this magazine”Stacks Magazine

Wonderful title and wonderful concept”BBC Two