Old and new at Printout

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This week’s Printout was another sold-out evening of magazine intelligence, with Vice, Colors and Eye sharing the floor to offer advice on the staying power of their magazines. Despite early tech problems – when things go wrong they ALL go wrong – a singular message came from the three speakers.

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Overmatter: 23.07.14

It’s always great to see Scott King’s ‘Sink Amercian Vogue’ project, a highlight of last years The Modern Magazine day.

Keep it gridded (but not too gridded)’ – 10 rules for better editorial design.

Editor Alec Dudson talks to Athenaeum about issue two of Intern, ‘this last two years or so have seen a huge rise in the number of quality independent magazines out there.

It’s Nice That’s Studio Audience podcast looks ahead at our Fiera project.

Bob Newman looks back at Jill magazine, ‘the design was sleek and understated, with hints of New Wave typography.

MagFest gets better and better – James Brown added to line-up, 5 September, Edinburgh.

Iceberg Press is a new magazine publisher launched to take over The Simple Things from Future.

Extraordinary it still needs saying, but Digiday points out ‘Fonts still matter in digital media.

Paul Keers reminds content marketers that magazines still matter to their business, despite  it being ‘easier to get attention for our work in digital, which everyone wants to talk about.

New Elsie magazine alert – more on this soon.

And finally, a big appreciative welcome to the new New Yorker site.

 

At Work With: Thierry Somers, 200%

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As editor-in-chief, publisher and art art director of 200%, Thierry Somers seeks out artists who are prepared to go to any lengths for their art – hence the name – and interviews them in-depth. The collaborative nature of the relationship between publisher and subject means stories can take years to come to fruition; to date four issues of 200% have been published as a book-ish magazine, and we join Thierry as issue five arrives in shops as a hardback book.

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Out now: AM #19

AM (Akademische Mitteilungen) magazine is published annually by students of communication design at the State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart. I featured the infographic-heavy seventh issue in the original magCulture book; now here’s a video of the making of this 19th issue.

Its large-format 130 pages question what is perfection, and have been conceived and executed by students Sunnyi Löhmann and Anna Kiosse.

www.am-mag.de

 

Fiera hits Kickstarter target

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A big thank you to everyone who pledged money to the Fiera magazine Kickstarter campaign. We just hit the £14k target with 24 hours to go, so the project is now live. Thanks too to the many people who helped with the campaign.

If you want to guarantee your copy (it’s due out November) pledge now before the campaign closes (14.59 UK time tomorrow, Wednesday). Every little extra means we can do more with the magazine.

kickstarter.com/projects/1265034058/fiera-magazine

Thank you!

 

July 15, 2014

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Out now: Threaded #16

I’ve not seen a copy of New Zealand’s Threaded magazine but the recently published sixteenth issue looks great in this video, which also communicates the care and passion behind the project via plenty of print and production footage. The magazine covers creative work from around the world.

The new issue is themed Creating a Monster – ‘Once the monster comes to life, you have to nurture and feed and fuss over it, you watch its first steps with pride, shed tears when it first goes out into the world…’ Sounds like magazine publishing to me.

www.threaded.co.nz

 

Overmatter: 14.07.14


If, like me, you enjoy coffee and magazines, Espresso Tales from Australia was made for you.

The first 50 front covers of The Face; the first few are by Steve Bush, the majority by Neville Brody. Anyone know at which point the changeover took place?

US mags look forward to their most successful September ad-sales ever.

The 2014 PPA Awards winners were announced last week; congratulations to everyone but especially designers Mark Neil (NME) and Simon Campbell (Strategies for Growth)

New magazine Table Talk sounds intriguing; read a brief interview with editor Benjamin Moe: ‘One of the most exciting parts of developing this magazine is realizing it’s a living, maturing thing that grows and changes with each issue…

From The Magazine Diaries… ‘Quit moaning and get busy.’

Finally… at the time of writing our Kickstarter campaign for Fiera magazine is £750 off target with 46 hours to go. Thanks everyone who’s supported the new mag so far – how about joining them?

 

July 9, 2014

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Holiday update

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I’m on holiday for a few days so it’s going to be quite here for the rest of the week. There’s plenty to keep you magCulturally busy though:

• The next Printout takes place in London on July 22, when we look at keeping your magazine going for the long-term courtesy of Colors, Eye and Vice. Buy tickets via Eventbrite.

• Tickets are on sale for this year’s Modern Magazine conference in London, and we’ve just added the following speakers to the line-up:
Peter Houston, blogger and man behind the Magazine Diaries.
Simon Lyle, editor of Hot Rum Cow and new magazine Poppy.
Danny Miller, founder of Little White Lies, revealing his new magazine.
Pekka Toivenen, ‘art dictator’, FAT.
Full line-up here.

• Plus there’s one week left on the Fiera Magazine Kickstarter campaign and we’re about halfway to total. Help us make it real!

 

At Work With: Danielle Pender, Riposte

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The smartly-titled Riposte magazine was launched by editor Danielle Pender and creative director Shaz Madani in 2013 as an alternative to mainstream women’s magazines. Danielle is also curator at KK Outlet, the London office of the Dutch communication agency KesselsKramer. We join her just after the arrival of the second issue of her magazine.

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Overmatter: 02.07.14


IPCMedia becomes the first consumer publisher to become a full member of the Content Marketing Association.

New Zealand’s Pie Paper sounds interesting; interview by Athenaeum.

Bob Bateman, launch art director of Creative Review, remembered.

Little White Lies founder Danny Miller announces new magazine: ‘Al Gore’s style (Knowledge + Experience + Rich Global Context = Connection) really resonated with me.

Bob Newman asks, ‘Why do liberal magazine covers look so much better and smarter than their conservative counterparts?

Steven Heller reviews new book about legenadary art director Alex Liberman. As editorial director of Condé Nast until 1993, he ‘tore up many of those tenets to which he once swore allegiance, challenging the dominance of fine typography and balanced layout.’ Condé Nast are only now digging themselves out of that particular hole.

The newly independent Time Inc want to ‘build the next LinkedIn or Facebook.

Port reports on Fiera, the new magazine Katie Tregidden and I are Kickstarting. Support us!