October 24, 2014


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magCulture shop update – MagMagMag

We’ve restocked our online shop, with copies of Pitchfork Journal, The Outpost, Shelf Journal, Holo and Green Soccer Journal and others joining the previous titles.

Order now and receive a free copy of MagMagMag, the glossy zine we recently published in collaboration with Vitsoe. Featuring interviews with 20 magazine editors and art directors it gives a unique insight into current independent publishing (while stocks last). MagMagMag includes The Gentlewoman, FAT, The Gourmand, Delayed Gratification, Offscreen, Riposte and Printed Pages.

See pages after the jump.


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ModMag14: Elana Schlenker, Gratuitous Type

Here’s our second film interview from The Modern Magazine 2014. Elana Schlenker is the Brooklyn-based graphic designer behind ‘pamphlet of typographic smut’ Gratuitous Type. She discusses the origin of the magazine, plans for the next issue and her thoughts on ModMag14.

Don’t forget there’s still time to catch Elana’s exhibition based on the recent issue four of Gratuitous Type at KK Outlet, London.


Overmatter: 21.10.14

Intern issue three is open for submissions – deadine 3 November.

See the shortlists for this years Guardian Media Awards.

Content marketers start to turn round the digital-only juggernaut.

A strong profile of Vice Media, ‘the Acme Corporation for young people who are into stuff.

Time Out expands its websites to six other UK cities.

Italian editorial designer Luca Pitoni talks about his work, including IL magazine (video).

Australian launch Krass Magazine, ‘an ode to the defiant and the curious’, needs your support.

Magazine event 1: Stack hold their first In Conversation event, with Ryan Fitzgibbon from Mr Hello, London, 10 November.

Magazine event 2: I’m talking at SNDe’s NH11 event, Madrid, 14 November.

Magazine event 3: Printout returns with a Magazines of the Year night, London, 25 November.

Magazine event 4: Stack is holding a day conference on the future of publishing, London 7 December. A perfect follow-up to The Modern Magazine 2014.


At work with: Mark Leeds and Kevin Wilson, The Financial Times

A few weeks ago the Financial Times launched a complete redesign of its print edition. As the new design settles into regular production we look ahead at the week with Kevin Wilson (above left), head of design and graphics at the newspaper since 2008, and design consultant Mark Leeds (right). The two previously worked together at The Guardian, where they contributed to the 2005 redesign. Since then Leeds has been part of the teams behind the reinvention of Bloomberg Businessweek and Elle UK.

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ModMag14: David Moretti, Wired Italia

During last month’s Modern Magazine 2014 conference we filmed a series of interviews with six of the speakers. We’ll be posting one here every Wednesday for the next five weeks. Today we hear from Wired Italia’s David Moretti about launching the magazine and his thoughts on the conference.



California Sunday launches

California Sunday is a new independent magazine with a lot of unique features. It’s a monthly magazine that will “eventually” become weekly. It’s distributed digitally, and also prints a huge number of copies – all of which are placed as paid inserts inside a handful of Californian broadsheet newspapers. It’s created by a magazine company whose only previous product is a live deconstruction of a magazine. And its creators are a surprisingly small number of people, writes Andrew Losowsky.

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At Work With: Kai von Rabenau, mono.kultur

We start the new week with art director and photographer Kai von Rabenau. After studying graphics in London at Central St. Martins, Kai moved back to Berlin and founded
independent interview magazine mono.kultur. Every issue is given over to a single interview with one artist. Ten years later, we join him as the 37th edition of mono.kultur is about to be published, the long-planned James Nachtwey issue.

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Overmatter: 10.10.14

One-time trailblazer iPhone magazine The Magazine is to close, describing itself as ‘a very successful experiment.’ If you’re US-based you can pre-order a copy of their second print compendium.

Meanwhile digital travel magazine Compass Cultura goes its own way, avoiding advertising and VCs.

First Condé Nast, now Hearst UK records significant drop in profits.

There are few more reassuring signs of civilisation than a well-stocked newsagent.

Behind-the-internet-scenes at the WordPress-based New Yorker.

Fraser Allen of White Light Media discusses their decision to launch their own magazines, ‘Financial directors of the publishing giants will not agree but for me it’s a really exciting time.


New Statesman x Grayson Perry

The latest person to guest edit the New Statesman is Grayson Perry, who contributes a fantastic article on The Great White Male; ‘Paddle your canoe up the River Thames and you will come round the bend and see a forest of huge totems jutting into the sky. Great shiny monoliths in various phallic shapes, they are the wondrous cultural artefacts of a remarkable tribe.

Read the whole essay here; even better, pick up a copy later this week. Grayson Perry also drew the cover art.


Overmatter: 07.10.14

Lovely to see ‘Pamphlet of typographic smut’ Gratuitous Type brought to life at KK Outlet, London. Exhibition continues until the end of October.

Little White Lies creative director Timba Smits discusses the magazine with three illustrators next week at Foyles bookshop, to mark the new collection of film reviews from the magazine, ‘What I Love About Movies’. London, 14 October (next Tuesday).

SPD Blog highlights the beautiful editorial typography of Otto Storch.

Monocle’s david Plaisant bemoans the closure of the magazine’s local newsagent, ‘The passing of Green’s has resulted in something of a campaign…That campaign continues on the last two editions of The Stack (nos 109 & 110) with lengthy discussion of magazine retail. Recommended.

New biannual travel magazine Diaries Of is raising money via Ulele.

Condé Nast UK profits fall as they spend on ecommerce and technology.

Eye reviews The Modern Magazine 2014, ‘an enthusiastic celebration of the power of editorial design.