Three days in New York


Earlier this year D&AD invited me to programme and chair a panel discussion about magazines in New York as part of their campaign to globalise their annual Awards. The subject was the difference between US and UK magazine design. I was out there for three days and as well as the event itself had time to catch up with friends and ex-colleagues and to visit a number of magazine-related places. Read the rest of this entry

October 29, 2006


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New art director at Time Out

Following the departure of art director Mischa Weidemann, Time Out London has appointed Nick Booth as his replacement. Nick is currently art editor at Vogue UK.

October 27, 2006


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New York

Had hoped to post stuff from New York while I was out there but the web server has been down all week so that wasn’t possible. Lots to say, will add over weekend.

Magazine Design Awards 2006

Last night the following winners were announced. Big winners were the New Statesman and Grazia, with Grazia winning the first Magazine Icon award.

Magazine Design Awards winners:
Young Designer of the Year – Amar Hussain, Inside Out
Best Use of Typography – New Statesman
Best Use of Photography – Sunday Times Magazine
Best Designed Business to Business Magazine – 33 Thoughts
Best Designed Customer Magazine – Toni & Guy
Best Designed Consumer Magazine (under 40k) – EI8HT
Best Designed Consumer Magazine (over 40k) – GQ
Best Designed Feature Pages – Grazia
Best New Design/Redesign – Contact
Consumer Front Cover of the Year – New Statesman
Customer Front Cover of the Year – David Morris Stores
Business to Business Front Cover of the Year – Young People Now
Magazine Designer of the Year – Tan Parmar, Redwood Publishing

Magazine Journalism Awards winners:
Exclusive of the Year – Martin Bright, New Statesman
Feature Writer of the Year – Jeff Maysh, Loaded
Interviewer of the Year – Alex Bilmes, GQ
Columnist of the Year – Phil Peverley , Pulse
News Reporter of the Year – Helen Mooney, Health Service Journal
Business Reporter of the Year – Mark Leftly, Building
Reviewer of the Year - Andrew Billen, New Statesman
Subbing Team of the Year – GQ

Magazine Icon of the Year – Grazia

October 21, 2006


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More books

Next month Black Dog publish 100 Years of Magazine Covers, designed by Neville Brody, Nick Hard and Marcus Piper at Research Studios and written by ex-Face editor Steve Taylor. Haven’t seen it yet but the title is self-explanatory. Will post further details when I see a copy.

Meanwhile Taschen are publishing a 12-volume box set record of the last seven decades of Italian architecture magazine Domus . I’m only aware of the magazine’s recent history as a large-format glossy, but Domus 1928-1999 looks like an extraordinary collection, with every cover reproduced and the whole set fuly indexed. It costs £350 but should be worth it to anyone interested in 20th century architecture and design.

October 20, 2006


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Guest art directors

Thanks to Design Observer for the following links to two magazines featuring the designs of guest art directors. Adbusters is designed by Jonathan Barnbrook and Zeotrope All Story by Chip Kidd.

October 20, 2006


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Abstract black blobs

Jonathan Lundqvist finds the copies of The Economist, National Geographic and Wallpaper* he bought in Tehran a few weeks back have been customised. (thanks to Andrew for the link).

Sometimes the job just takes over…

Thanks to Matthew for this link reminding us not to take ourselves too seriously.

October 10, 2006


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Fake front page

CR Blog features the front page of yesterday’s thelondonpaper featuring a fake front page promoting a documentary about the death of George W Bush. Never mind that North Korea has just detonated a nucler test.

The perfect definition of the difference between the free and paid-for newspaper markets. A paid-for paper couldn’t risk selling its front cover in this way. Could it?

D&AD New York Print & Editorial Forum event details

Full details of this 24 October event, including final line-up, available here.