The animations below show a time series of GQ and Playboy magazine covers. Click on GQ or Playboy to explore them further. A visualization will open in a separate window, which investigates how these brands have evolved over time.

Each of the visualizations displays all the covers since the first issues in the 1950s until 2006. The column on the far right shows the magazine cover images averaged over the whole year. It is interesting to note how uniform the magazines become in the 1980s and 1990s.

This work is ongoing. The research questions include: how has skin exposure changed over time, and how do the depictions of women change over time?

This work was created in part while visiting the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA, which is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).