The future of illustration?

This week’s New Yorker arrived with an interesting surprise: two variants of the same cover:

The printed one.

And a bonus interactive version with the iPad download.

The interactive version was fun to play with. I spent a minute or two making that wheel drop a bunch of apples on Newton’s head.

This is the kind of stuff that my kids take for granted. But, to me, it still feels a bit like science-fiction — I can make the artwork come alive with my fingertip!

I thought, is this the future of illustration?

Not really, it is the present.

The cover, titled “Eureka!” is by illustratorĀ Christoph Niemann. Where did his inspiration come from? See his step-by-step visual explanation and the cover artwork in motionĀ here.