TIME Is God Dead?

TIME Is God Dead?

TIME Magazine, April 8th, 1966. Is ___ Dead? is one of the most iconic cover designs in TIME's 98-year history. Originally published on April 8, 1966, "Is God Dead?" was the first cover in the brand's storied history to include only typography with no image and was designed for a story by TIME religion editor John Elson. As Elson wrote, “it is a question that tantalizes both believers, who perhaps secretly fear that he is, and atheists, who possibly suspect the answer is no.” The cover inspired countless angry sermons, 3,421 letters from readers and a lively debate at a time when 97% of Americans told pollsters they believed in God. This NFT is part of an exclusive series of three incredibly prescient TIME covers, including one of the most iconic covers in TIME’s 98-year history, and the first-ever cover designed exclusively as a NFT. The typography used on the 1966 cover was based on Bodoni Poster, designed by Chauncey H. Griffith in 1929. The bold contrasting strokes, strong verticality and easily recognizable serifs and ball terminals were perfectly suited for advertisements, posters and signs in the early 20th century. The typography on the two most recent covers needed to be hand drawn, as we could find no modern type foundry which has an exact interpretation of the one used on the original cover.

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