finalist ‘news’ cover 2009
A photograph of a “surprised” blow-up doll seemed like a perfect cover illustration for the cover story “Porn Panic,” which examined how the recession was hurting the porn industry. The only trouble was that most blow-up dolls (and nearly all of them with their mouths open) are female—and the story focused primarily on gay porn. Photographer Michael Elins worked with the magazine’s art team to come up with a great solution—an amalgam of several different dolls brought together through post-production. This doll is playful and provocative without being too sexual and, together with the main cover line, tells readers exactly what they can expect inside.