For decades, Foreign Affairs, the journal of the Council on Foreign Relations, has been published with strictly text covers. 

Until now, that is. 

From the Foreign Affairs editor, Gideon Rose:

There were several reasons for the makeover, among them to distinguish successive issues from one another, to work effectively across multiple digital platforms, and to attract an even larger general-interest readership. Our goal is to build on our strong success in recent years and to introduce fresh audiences to all our wonderful content, and so we spent a lot of time and effort coming up with an incremental redesign that would maximize our aesthetic appeal and accessibility while preserving our readability and gravitas. The January/February 2013 issue showcases our fresh new look — an eye-catching cover; a crisp, clean layout inside; some new features. We’re thrilled with how it turned out, and hope you are, too.

Perhaps fittingly, the main cover story for this new design is ‘Can America be fixed?’ by Fareed Zakaria and Roger Altman.