Weekly Shonen Jump is the most popular and influential manga magazine. It maintains about 20 different series at any given time and publishes them in a 500-page magazine on a weekly basis. With so much content in the magazine, it’s important to have a cover to highlight the contents in a visual way.
The official YouTube channel for the One Piece manga staff shared a video showing the process of designing a cover for Weekly Shonen Jump. The grueling process begins with a single One Piece illustration and ends up as a popping cover.
The video is sped up, but we can see the hard work that goes into designing the cover. It’s almost like putting together a collage as the designer tries to find the perfect size and location for the various manga images and word placement.
It’s a process that Weekly Shonen Jump has not shown before. Do you have a newfound appreciation for the effort that goes into designing the magazine’s covers?