Overmatter: 27.08.14

The Times provides journalists with typewriter background noise in new offices. Love the phrase ‘not necessarily permanent’.

New York magazine’s The Cut gets bitchy about latest New York Times Magazine cover. Fair comment?

Kickstarter update: two mags almost at target, TV mag Sixteen by Nine and design title Dirty Furniture. Which one will you support?

US Vogue relaunches its website this week, promising a cleaner look and the exciting news that ‘a tiny 3-D printed replica of the model Karlie Kloss, dressed in what appeared to be a tiny couture outfit… would be taken around the world and photographed for the site’.

Ever wonder how much Anna Wintour’s clothing allowance is?

Interview/profile of Monocle’s Tyler Brulé, ‘If the World Economic Forum did not already exist, he would be doing it’.

Offlife’s live drawing Quickdraw evening returns to the House of Illustration, London, on 18 September.

 

Love dogs?

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Australian dog magazine Four&Sons strikes a balance between beautiful photography and short, intelligent copy. It uses dog ownership as a lens for talking about art, design, fashion, music and other aspects of a subject’s dog-centric life, writes Sarah Snaith.

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At Work With: Kai Brach, Offscreen

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Kai Brach was a web designer until 2012 when he decided to launch Offscreen, a magazine that explores the life and work of people who use the internet and technology to be creative, solve problems, and build successful businesses. Kai edits, designs and publishes the magazine on his own, splitting his time between Melbourne and Berlin. We look ahead at his week as completes the ninth edition of Offscreen. Kai will be speaking in London next month at The Modern Magazine 2014 conference.

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Magazine of the week: Print Isn’t Dead

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I’ve taken to describing what we do here at magCulture – on the blog/writing side of things – as propaganda. It’s partly tongue-in-cheek, yet it’s true that  so much is written elsewhere about failure in magazine publishing that the good news (that people still make beautiful, striking and innovative publications) can easily be drowned out. For us here at magCulture good news arrives every day, the postman dropping several new magazines worth investigation. One such title is the dramatically named Print Isn’t Dead.

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Overmatter: 20.08.14

The highest-selling UK iPad mag, The Economist, sells 21k copies a week. See full ABC table.

Enjoy this beautiful set of images from Modern Farmer magazine.

I love that there are more independent food magazines out there than ever before!’ Athenaeum interview Fiorella Valdesolo from Gather Journal.

Three magazine events you need to know about’ according to Steve at Stack. Thanks Steve!

From magazine to website – Company goes digital-only.

Pivot is a smart-looking sports mag project from recent design graduate Max Amato in New York.

35 covers of The New Yorker.

Finally, congratulations to Gail Bichler, just appointed as Arem Duplessis’s successor as design director at the New York Times Magazine.

 

Modern Magazine 2014 update

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With just over four weeks left until this year’s Modern Magazine conference we’re getting into final planning here at magCulture. Over the next couple of weeks there’ll be plenty of updates and additions to share, but today I’m excited to confirm our next speaker on the line-up.

David Moretti is the multi-award winning creative director of the Italian edition of Wired magazine. His designs for the print and iPad editions of the magazine are stunning, more than matching the US and UK editions. Despite my doubts about the future potential of the iPad, David’s digital work is one of the outstanding examples of how to develop beautiful print design and typography for the screen. He’ll be sharing work in both media, offering insight into how the print designer can adapt.

He joins a global line-up of editors and designers brought together to examine the future of magazines:

Adam Moss, editor, New York magazine.
Kai Brach, founder, Offscreen.
Veronica Ditting, art director, The Gentlewoman.
Rob Orchard, founder, Delayed Gratification.
Elana Schlenker, founder, Gratuitous Type.

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.

Watch out for further additions, and meanwhile book your tickets here.

What they said about last year’s conference:
A great addition to the conference-calendar, let’s hope it becomes an annual event…’ – Form Fifty Five

‘If the conference was organised like a magazine, its pace and structure was well maintained by its ‘editor’ magCulture’s Jeremy Leslie. A natural extension of his book of the same name, the conference platform enabled many of those featured in his round-up of this “golden age” of magazines to explain why they do what they do. And, more pertinently, how. While newspapers struggle and the climate for print publishing remains rocked by digital, it’s now clear that many magazines, large and small, are continuing to thrive.’Mark Sinclair, Creative Review, December 2013

‘The event delivered a fascinating series of insights into how some of the world’s most creatively-driven and pioneering magazine-makers are taking their craft to the next level’ – review of The Modern Magazine conference, Nick Carson, Computer Arts, December 2013

‘The recurring use of the terms “storytelling”, “conversation” and “passion project” throughout the conference underlined the continued longevity and permanence of the print medium.’ – Disegno

At Work With: Myles Estey, Makeshift

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If you listened to this weekend’s The Stack on Monocle24 you’d have heard me and Rob from Delayed Gratification highlight the new redesigned Makeshift, a quarterly magazine that specialises in uncovering stories of hidden creativity from across the world. So I’m pleased to look ahead at the new week through the eyes of the magazine’s editor in chief Myles Estey.

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Wired x Ed Snowden

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US Wired lands a cover that reminds us of the power of a strong editorially driven image. Photograph by Platon.

Read online; and editor-in-chief Scott Dadich’s notes on the experience of shooting Snowden; ‘We returned to the prop table, and Snowden picked up the flag...’

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And talking of that flag, Andrew just pointed out via twitter that it’s the very same flag as used on this 1997 cover of George magazine (above). That time it was held by Pamela Anderson.

Who will hold it next?

Overmatter: 12.08.14

New Kickstarter-backed launch HrdCvr hires Claudia de Almeida, late of US Wired, as creative director.

iPad magazine pioneer Joe Zeff closes studio to work in-house at Scrollmotion, ‘The publishing business has been an elevator that continues to move down. This is the chance to get on an elevator moving up.’

‘Bookazines’ aren’t just a horrible made-up name, they’re also threatening the magazine newsstand.

As parent companies rush to hive off their print businesses, The New York Times reports on the death of the newspaper; ‘If this is the future… what is underway may be a kind of mercy killing.

…while Michael Wolff is in more positive mood, ‘the powers that be aren’t so much taking our livelihood from us as they are giving it back.

Bob Newman recalls the early front covers of Wire.

‘Fuck the begrudgers,’ says publisher as British Vogue hits a record 462 pages for this years September issue (including a record 293 ad pages).

Confessions of a magazine editor, ‘it’s all in such dramatic flux that it’s very easy to make errors.

 

Red September

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Two mainstream favourites sport strong, red typographically-led covers this coming month.

Subscribers to UK Harper’s Bazaar will receive this smart alternative cover featuring Rosie Huntington-Whiteley shot by David Slijper, inspired by Harper’s of old and art directed by Marissa Bourke (image via GymClass).

Meanwhile in New York, Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed shoot by Mario Testino is headlined with bespoke type by Alex Trochut. Art direction Chris Dixon.

Read At Work With: Chris Dixon

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‘At Work With’ returns next week.