Typography (1) – Bon

Three examples of interesting editorial typography today, starting with Swedish fashion title Bon. The magazine has never quite caught my imagination in the past but their current Spring/Summer 2011 issue has these great headline treatments.

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Paul Willoughby, designer of Little White Lies, is blogging for It’s Nice That this week.

Industry consolidation: Hearst pays e561m for Lagardere’s international magazines – Elle, Red Psycologies; Bauer Media look set to buy BBC magazines.

Australia’s Process magazine has a smart new website.

Relaunched Swedish design magazine Form launches this week with an open party in London tomorrow. All welcome at The Gopher Hole, 350 – 354 Old Street, 7pm–late.

Off-subject but a must-see in London is the newly opened Wim Crouwel exhibition at the Design Museum. Graphics shows are rare enough but exhibitions of this scale and scope even rarer.


Nuclear Spring

This week’s New Yorker cover, Nuclear Spring, by Christoph Niemann.


Out now: Article, Gentle, Meat, Nice

Four very different magCulture favourites currently have new issues in the stores.

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Wallpaper* x Wim Crouwel

London is on standby for a major celebration of Dutch graphic designer Wim Crouwel. A rare exhibition of his work opens later this month at the Design Museum, curated by my good friend and Dutch design obsessive Tony Brook. His studio Spin has designed a beautiful catalogue to the show, and there all sorts of goodies being readied to mark the event.

Wallpaper* have sounded the starting gun with this April subscriber cover, a rare current design from Crouwel himself.


Overmatter 10.03.11

After a spate of indie food titles, it looks like football is the next audience to be treated to new voices. First The Green Soccer Journal, next The Blizzard.

Following the references to Monocle in response to the recent NYTimes posts here, I thought it interesting to dust down this detailed look at the magazine’s print and digital design from insider Dan Hill…

…while Andrew gives a blow by blow editorial review of the new NYTimes magazine.

Ebony redesign revealed by SPD.

Congratulations to the Wallpaper* team for winning a Design Week award for their Handmade issue.

Khoi highlights the differences between print and digital production timelines, notes what every designer knows and publishers tend to overlook: digital takes longer and is less nimble than print. UPDATE –I’m happy to clarify that Khoi believes the opposite is usually true. In his post he is referring to one particular instance.

A new children’s magazine in France: hello, Bonbek.

The other side of magazine-y: men’s mag; model on cover; scratch n stiff knickers. Urgh.

The other side of of trend prediction: photographer David Campbell reveals the stock photography created to feed stories of cultural/class anxiety.

New York, then and now

A couple of covers doing the online rounds today. On the left, a cover from 1992 when Tina Brown became editor of The New Yorker; on the right a recent front cover (via Newmanology and CoverJunkie respectively).

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US-based online shop Vetted sells a range of independent magazines including Apartamento, Grafik, Little White Lies.

Babylon Falling ia s great online resource for sixties alternative magazines and design (thanks Bob).

Condé Nast increases the cost of its ipad apps and moves Vanity Fair and GQ to Adobe DPS.

Abstract takes place in Maine this June, features a remarkable line up in Scott Dadich, Luke Hayman, Dirk Barnett, Arem Duplessis, Florian Bachleda and Gael Towey.

The Apple backlash begins to build.

March 2, 2011

Front covers

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New issue of Article

The new Article is out, wrapped in this great cover: scale, colour, mood.

Overmatter 01.03.11

Michael’s Top Ten magazine lists: best independents and best music mags.

An archive of Michael’s no2 music title Select.

Hurrah! Flipboard wins the interactive category at the 2011 Brit Designs of the Year. That’s the second year running I’ve nominated a winner. Potential nominees for 2012 should start lobbying me now: exotic summer holidays and cash preferred.

Preston is My Paris publish a newspaper as part of Derby’s Format Festival.

I know little about new food mag, Three Stars but it looks great (thanks Andrew).

UK Glamour celebrates ten years with a digital version of its launch edition. Little change over the years! (thanks Tom).

Herb Lester’s latest map project: old New York.