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.

At Work With: Elliot Jay Stocks, Lagom

We start the new week in the company of west-country based graphic designer Elliot Jay Stocks. As well as being creative director for Adobe Typekit, Elliot has worked in print and digital for clients including Virgin, Microsoft and MailChimp. He regularly talks at conferences and contributes to the creative press, and recently published the final edition of typography magazine 8 Faces. We hear about his week ahead as the first issue of his new publication Lagom arrives.

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Rainy day in New York

The New Yorker’s covers rarely disappoint but this week’s, by Christoph Niemann, is particularly beautiful. Click image for animated version, and see working roughs on the magazine’s site.


Overmatter: 03.10.14

Next week in New York: Penny Martin, Charlotte Cotton and photographers Inez & Vinoodh discuss the influence of the eighties style mags on todays independents. 8 October, New Museum.

Varoom! editor acts the flaneur to track down Flaneur magazine.

How New Yorker cover illustrations have developed a post-9/11 edge.

Creative Review takes a look at the upcoming Little White Lies book.

What exactly is going on here?’ asks US Vogue as it discovers young people making indie mags. Who knew!

Behind the scenes at the New York Times, an excerpt from a young reporters memoir.

Unmapped have their new issue, themed Water, online now.

Cellardoor is a woman’s online magazine currently Kickstarting to launch a print edition.

At Work With returns on Monday