July 15, 2011


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It’s holiday time at magCulture. Back to share more magazines, including the new issue of Put A Egg On It, at the beginning of August.


Overmatter 12.07.11

Perhaps the web isn’t opening our horizons but closing them down? Interesting piece by Eli Pariser based on his recent book ‘The Filter Bubble’.

Justin Bieber was the cover star of Vanity Fair’s worst-selling cover in 12 years.

Opening today at the Serpentine Gallery, London: the Bidoun Library.

Happening next week: LCC students share their self-published projects at the Book Club.

A brief look at the infographics work of recent EDO speaker Natalie Lees.

Steven Heller recalls his project Design and Style for Mohawk Papers.


News of the World, RIP

I couldn’t bring myself to buy a copy of last Sunday’s final edition of the News of the World, but here for the record is its front page. Apparently it included just a few paragraphs about the phone-hacking scandal that brought about its demise; otherwise it was a look back at the many stories, some important, it has broken over the years.

Like most people I’m relishing seeing Murdoch’s corporation wobble and cheer at the thought it might yet come crashing down. But I also share Peter Wilby’s concerns expressed in his excellent Guardian piece yesterday. The NotW at its best had a role to play in checking those in power. In classic ‘Animal Farm’ style it latterly mislaid that role and started abusing power itself. It may be a victim of its own excesses but who/what will assume that previous role?

The other thing to note is that the hugely successful NotW effectively subsidised Murdochs loss-making Times and Sunday Times newspapers. Will the Times go next? If it gets sold who would buy it?

While we await further twists I recommend a read of Adam Curtis’ excellent summary of Murdoch’s 1968 arrival in the UK to buy his first media property. Which was, of course, a newspaper called the News of the World. It’s the start of the current story in every sense.


July 11, 2011


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Very Nearly Almost

Behind the scenes at London street art magazine Very Nearly Almost.

July 11, 2011


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For sale: Manzine #5

We’re pleased to have added the latest issue of the ever-amusing Manzine to our highly selective online newsstand.

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Dazed x Bjork

Bjork is everywhere at the moment as she promotes her new Biophilia project and performs at the Manchester International Festival. And now she’s taken over Dazed as guest editor for the month. Should be one of the more interesting guest editorships.


Printout! update

Due to illness there’s a last minute change to the line-up for tomorrow’s Printout! event in London. Although Tony Brooks (get well soon!) has had to drop out, I’m pleased to say Church of London founder/MD/all-round guru Danny Miller is urgently assessing which magazine to talk about in his stead.

Plus we have free magazines for you on the night.

See you there – a few tickets still available here.


Overmatter 04.07.11

Celebrating their fifteenth birthday, Wallpaper* offer you the chance to choose your favourite cover and see it on your copy of their September issue.

Eye reports from Italy’s Enformato creative magazine get-together earlier this year.

US magazine launches increase in first six months of 2011.

Yaaawn… issue six of OK Periodical is out on July 8. Theme: Boring.

Following Newsweek’s weird aging-of-Diana cover, Vanity Fair has some fun.

This years APA customer publishing awards morph into the International Content Marketing Awards.

An archive of front Moster Children cover designs by Campbell Milligan.


Printout! returns

A brief reminder that Wednesday July 6 sees the return of Printout! to London.

The magazine library is being restocked, the speakers are deciding which magazine to talk about (I’ve just about decided which one… at the moment it begins with ‘M’) and the tickets are selling fast.

Don’t miss out – buy yours here.


The Last Issue

Here’s the final issue of Design Week, published yesterday. Without time to prepare a special goodbye – the team were told at 10am Monday morning – it’s a regular issue with a brief note from the publishers about the titles digital future, a bravely positive letter from departing editor of 22 years Lynda Relph-Knight, and this bold cover.

Part of a broader shake-up at Centaur Publishing that also sees the closure of New Media Age and 60 jobs lost, the Design Week team has been cut back to three people. They will work under Creative Review editor Patrick Burgoyne.

Creative Review already has a very strong digital presence, so it’ll be interesting to see how the two titles co-exist online. The CR blog has been a huge success, extending the Creative Review brand internationally and increasing ad income. Design Week’s model was quite different, their blog a subscriber-only service.