December 24, 2014

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Holiday update

Have a great Christmas. The site will come back to life next week with some looks back at 2014 (thanks Bob for the image above).


At Work With: Shem Law, Radio Times

As Christmas arrives, households across the UK are planning their TV viewing using the seasonal double issue of Radio Times. First published in 1923 as the BBC’s exclusive guide to its radio and later TV services, the Radio Times remains one of the UK’s biggest-sellers and the double issue routinely sells more than any other single issue of a magazine in the UK.

We look ahead at Christmas week with deputy editor Shem Law. Responsible for the design of the magazine since 2001, Shem has previously worked on Q, The Observer, and The Daily Mail in London, and Allure and Seventeen in New York.

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You Can Now front covers

The fourth issue of YCN’s You Can Now magazine is out, with another smart cover illustration by Nathalie Lees. The magazine is one of several independents covering design and creativity (think also Works That Work, Printed Pages) from new angles and this issue doesn’t disappoint. Sarah Snaith visits brand guru Michael Wolff at home, photographer Nick Ballon shares a new project based on Bolivian architecture and there’s a set of smaller columns spinning off to unexpected areas. Art director Alex Hunting is developing Matt Willey’s original design nicely, with strong typography and good commissioning.

But I keep coming back to those covers, they have a classic confidence to them, as if the mag has been around forever, and they’ve built into a really smart set. The first one was by Ed Nacionale, the others all by Lees.

See the set after the jump.

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December 17, 2014

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US Wired front covers

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Cover design rule number one: make sure the new issue is clearly different to the previous one. Needn’t always be this extreme, but these two consecutive US Wired covers make the point well.

Creative director Billy Sorrentino, design director Caleb Bennett.

Out today: Stylist Christmas issue

Free weekly magazine Stylist continues its working relationship with illustrator Rob Ryan with today’s Christmas special, the annual illustration issue. This year Ryan has illustrated the entire magazine; work in progress above, more images after the jump. Great to see a popular mainstream mag work so creatively.

Creative director Matt Phare, Photo and specials director Tom Gormer.

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Overmatter: 16.12.14

There’s an impressive list of judges for this years D&AD Magazine/Newspaper category. Deadline for entries 18 February.

Sad to see The Newspaper Club’s PaperLater service close; you have a few days to get a last order in.

Read David Hicks’ five predictions for digital magazines in 2015, ‘Some digital magazine apps will close…

Dan Rowden notes the trend for paying supporters rather traditional advertisers in indie mags, an idea that first (I think?) featured in Peter Bilak’s  Dotdotdot.

Are you a Londoner cycling to your magazine job? Steven at Gym Class invites you to help with this survey.

As Condé Nast settle into their new NY HQ, rats are fighting back. apparently Vogue ed Anna Wintour ‘doesn’t even want to enter the building’.

What the hell was Biopsy?’ asks editor Chris Morgan as he closes his small magazine.

I’m enjoying Stack’s cover of the month series. The first of many, many cover lists at this time of year.


Out now: Victory Journal #8

The eighth issue of Victory Journal, the large-format New York sports mag, uses footballs’ Mario Balotelli to introduce the Heroes and Villains theme. The issue also features Lance Armstrong, Derek Jeter, the late Soviet hockey coach Viktor Tikhonov, and Ann Casey (aka Panther Girl). You can read the Casey piece here.


At Work With: Luke Tonge, The Recorder

Typeface company Monotype first launched its journal The Recorder in 1902, and it continued to publish type and related technology news until ceasing publication the 1970s. Monotype have recently relaunched it in a bright, magazine-y new format
. We look at the week ahead with its art director Luke Tonge, a Birmingham-based graphic designer previously responsible for Boat magazine.

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December 11, 2014


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Guardian editor resigns

There’s already much coverage and comment everywhere about Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rushbridger’s resignation announcement. In case it gets overlooked in the praise for his many other talents, his support for the best editorial design deserves acknowledgement.

The Guardian has long led British newspaper publishing in this respect, and its reputation for design predates Rushbridger’s appointment as editor, with David Hillman’s work for previous editor Peter Preston. But Rushbridger understood the need to extend and push that reputation, with print, digital and even wayfinding in the newspaper’s new offices considered important. Creative directors Simon Esterson, Mark Porter and now Alex Breuer have been encouraged to develop the newspaper in print and digital, with the 2003 move to the Berliner format under Porter a case study of the complete editorial relaunch. The absolute opposite of the cosmetic revamp, the project involved new printing presses, new sections, new content, new format, new logo, new typefaces and new layout.


Out now: Das Magazin winter 2015

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Dutch literary magazine Das Magazine always has smart covers; this latest one made my laugh (Click image for larger version). Design by Vruchtvlees.