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i-D launches an online archive of every cover it has ever published

I can vividly remember buying my first copy of i-D magazine; I was 15 years old and on my way home from school and it was The Youth Issue, with a portrait of Flash Louis by brilliant Alasdair McLellan on the cover. I still have it, as I do every issue of i-D I’ve bought – the covers make me utterly incapable of chucking it.

This week the magazine launched a digital archive of every cover it has ever published, from a hand-stapled zine conceived in 1980, all the way up its recent, mammoth 18-cover 35th birthday edition. With a bespoke microsite created by Stinkdigital which scrolls like a time machine through subcultures, trends, supermodels and familiar faces, it’s something like a brief history of British youth culture, and if you’re anything like me it’ll give you a good 20 minutes of nostalgia.

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i-D: Cover Archive (screenshot)