Overmatter: 28.11.14

Offscreen has a rather fine Christmas competition. Nothing to do with Black Friday.

Congratulations to all the winners at this weeks Digital Magazine Awards, especially Ernest, winner of best launch…

…and to the winners at the CMA Awards. Peel away the content content content guff and you’ll find some interesting mags in there, like this.

Buy your ticket to QVED2015 this weekend and take advantage of super earlybird rates.

Next weekend the magCulture shop sets up at this years Monocle Christmas Fayre. Come say hello! 6–7 December.


Printout best of 2014 selections

On Tuesday night Steve Watson and I hosted the final Printout of 2014, a special night looking back at the best magazines of the year. It was an experiment – not least in holding a Printout without announcing the speaker line-up – but one that worked well, with a full room gathering to vote on our four categories: Story, Cover, Launch and Magazine. The video takes you through the categories and confirms the audience favourites.

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November 26, 2014

Front covers

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Out now: The Wire #370

What a cover! It’s not easy to channel Dada/Futurism, but this issue of The Wire keeps it simple and manages it effortlessly. Love it.



Printout best of 2014

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Tonight at the Book Club, Shoreditch, Steve and I are marking a great year for independent magazines with a celebration of the best. Come and join the live vote, and hear some of our favourite magazine makers talk about their publication. Last few tickets left.


Overmatter: 25.11.14

CoverJunkie talks magazine covers, ‘Great covers smack you in the face or make you want to lick them!’

New York magazine trials pop-up blogs as digital supplements.

Economist editor compares his magazine and its subscription ambitions to BSkyB and HBO.

The line-up for next year’s QVED conference in Munich (26–28 February) is building; follow @QVED for updates. Super early-bird bookings end this weekend.

Steven Gregor has a nice interview with The Guardian deputy creative director Chris Clarke on the SPD blog.

Our interview with editor of The Happy Reader Seb Emina remains popular; hear him on The Stack (no117) along with the team from FAT.

Discover why it’s wrong to place the cover line ‘Are you a Slut?’ too close to Kate Middleton’s eyes: ‘Posh People: Inside Tatler’ is a new BBC documentary series from within the hallowed walls of Condé Nast.


November 24, 2014

At Work With

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At Work With Sam Walton, Hole & Corner

Sam Walton is an art director who has worked for most of the UK’s major publishers, with titles including Vogue, Elle Decoration and World of Interiors on his CV. He also led the creative team at Spring Creative, where he worked for brands such as Harvey Nichols, COS and Nicole Farhi. Last year he launched quarterly magazine Hole & Corner; we join him as issue four is published.

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Kaleidoscope redesign

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Bureau Mirko Borsche has redesigned art magazine Kaleidoscope, introducing typically in-yer-face typography.

More images after the jump.


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Overmatter: 20.11.14

A rare look at a contemporary Iranian magazine, Hengam (thanks Andrew).

Offlife comic is launching an ambitious project, Yellow, commissioning 52 artists to record the news over the next year; names such as Jean Julien, Paul Davis, Simon Spilsbury and Takayo Akiyama will each take a week’s news.

It’s Nice That meets Becky Smith, founder of Twin.

NY Times to invest millions in their weekly magazine under new editor Jake Silverstein and CD Gail Bichler.

Issue ten of The Ride Journal is available on pre-order now.

Dave Trott makes an eloquent argument for the importance of presentation of content, ‘the best books are the ones you actually read.

David Moretti’s move from Wired Italia to US Wired is confirmed.

‘The Print Handbook’ looks like a very useful source book for anyone taking projects to print (thanks Adrian).


Out now: Riposte #3

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Issue three of Riposte is at the printers. Starting with the now-familiar text-only cover, this time in cyan, the issue continues its exploration of modern womanhood, with another fine selection of subjects including stylist Anna Trevelyan,  singer Samantha Urbani, painter Nathalie Du Pasquier and director of Frieze art fairs Victoria Siddall.

The issue is now available for preorder with free shipping.

See some spreads after the jump.


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ModMag14: Kai Brach, Offscreen

Here’s the sixth and final film interview from our Modern Magazine 2014 conference. Kai Brach is the founder/editor of Offscreen, the magazine about the people who create and build the web. It’s also notable for the openness Kai applies to the project; he publishes details of the magazines finances online and regularly reflects on his experience of the publishing business. Here he discusses the origins of his magazine, the scale of the project and the roll of print as a diversion from the screen.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this series of videos: Kati Krause who asked the questions, Lightgeist who filmed and edited the footage and Park Communications who supported the work. And thanks to the interviewees for their support too.


View the complete series of six videos.