April 16, 2014

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Are apps dead?

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Prompted by the realisation that colleagues and friends weren’t reading magazine apps, Bob Newman asked a group of editorial designers, including me, what we felt about apps, the production process, and what the future holds.

A very useful round-up, revealing general skepticism. Read the full piece on Bob’s Newmanology blog.

 

Overmatter: 15.04.14


The Guardian editor Alan Rushbridger celebrates the culture of his organisation as it wins Pulitzer prize; ‘newspapers made a fatal mistake… and jettisoned the stuff that seemed difficult and expensive.

PPA reconfigures its annual conference under the banner ‘Re_Invented 2014//’. Note the underscore and slashes. Perhaps most remarkably, the line-up reveals Jamie Callum is publishing his own magazine, The Eighty Eight, and it looks, gulp, quite intriguing.

Inside PopBitch and its iPad app plans; ‘Be nice, and if you can’t be nice, be funny.

Ideas on Paper is a fine-looking new magazine store in Nottingham; Stack interviews owner Alex Smith.

Kickstarter alert: The Holborn Magazine is another digital spin-off, promising the ‘best in design, apparel and craft.’ Support them!

Out soon: the new-look Boat magazine, issue seven Lima, Peru.

 

At Work With Florian Bachleda, Fast Company

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We start the new week with Florian Bachleda, Creative Director of Fast Company Media. Florian is one of the leading figures in US editorial design, having worked for titles including Vibe, Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly and Latina. He has been president of the Society of Publication Designers (SPD) and was on its board for five years. We look ahead at his week as he and his team complete design evolutions for the June issue of the magazine.

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Overmatter: 10.04.14


The Guardian review ten independent travel magazines, the NYTimes ten independent fashion magazines.

Fomo is an algorithmic journalism machine producing a magazine from events at Milan design week.

Longtime Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter added to editors hall of fame.

David Hepworth’s eight iron laws of modern media.

Illustrators! The next Quickdraw take place in London, April 24.

MagPile has a useful list of current magazine Kickstarter campaigns.

 

Magazine of the week: Toilet Paper

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Following on from the previous post about kids mags, here’s a magazine for grown-up kids. And the two posts back-to-back explain one of the many great things about magazines: they are so varied. Toilet Paper is published from Italy by art provocateur Maurizio Cattelan and photographer Pierpaulo Ferrari, and consists of a series of heavily edited full-bleed images that subvert the history of consumer culture via contemporary ad retouching techniques. Sex, money, food and advertising, all gone weird in garish colour. Wonderful but disturbing!

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Out now: Kids magazines

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Three independent kids magazines have arrived in the post at the magCulture studio recently – must be the Easter school holidays or something!

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Overmatter: 08.04.14


The new issue of Adbusters has a hole in it; Atheneaum have the pix.

List alert! And what a list… 101 music front covers, from 1937–2014, courtesy of Bob Newman. Follow-up already under way.

Mary Berner, CEO and president of MPA, explains why ‘magazines aren’t screwed,’ (though story URL implies otherwise).

The Association of Illustrators presents The Illustrators Guide to Business, a two-day course alongside this years Pick Me Up at Somerset House (attendees get 20% off tickets to PMU).

Nuts squeezed out – it wasn’t just the boobs, apparently.

Digital… print… the substrate is irrelevant. It’s all about reading,’ – Bo Sacks at Digital Innovators’ Summit in Berlin.

 

At Work With: Colin Caradec and Morgane Rébulard, The Shelf Journal

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Colin Caradec and Morgane Rébulard run The Shelf Company, a Paris-based graphic and typographic design studio and publishing house. They publish The Shelf Journal, a beautifully produced magazine dedicated to publishing design, books and what they call ‘the cult of the shelf’. With the third issue of the The Shelf Journal now available, we look ahead at their week and get an insight into French magazine culture.

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Out now: The Modernist

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The tenth issue of The Modernist has a change of tack for its cover design, reflecting the theme of ‘Dictators’ influence on our modern world.’ A conceptual approach replaces the previous modernist graphics.

the-modernist-mag.co.uk

 

Printout heads West

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To mark its new status as a hotbed of independent publishing, Printout is venturing beyond London EC2 to visit Bristol BS1 next Month. Join me and Steve Watson as we introduce Rosa from Cereal, Daniel from Off Life, Rachel from Another Escape and Mike from Boneshaker, find out about their magazines and ask – why Bristol?

Thursday 8 May, tickets here.

In association with Bristol Independent Publishers and Bristol Festival of Ideas.

 

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