Overmatter 31.08.11

Behind the scenes at Fantastic Man.

Print culture, Dead or Alive? is the title of an event taking place alongside this years Frankfurt Book Fair. Speakers include Kai von Rabenau from mono.kultur and Abake (via ManyStuff).

Wallpaper* continue their 15th birthday celebrations with a set of covers by 15 designers. My favourite is Build’s (via CR Blog).

Jordan announces her own magazine, for children. At last!


Overmatter 18.08.11

Introducing the Salford Zine Library. As well as touring the UK, they’ll be exhibiting their collection from 15 October 2011 to 29 January 2012 at Islington Mill, Salford Salford Museum and Art Gallery. They’re after contributions to the show, too.

My favourite Amsterdam magazine store Athenaeum has a new online magazine about magazines (click on MagWhispers) . If only it was English-langauge!

It’s 35 years since Sniffing Glue set the tone for UK punk fanzines. I haven’t seen much celebration of this at home but here’s a Argentinian appreciation.

These pictures not only show the production method for seventies zines; this was how professional magazines were produced too.

Coming soon: the tenth annual St Bride Conference, co-curated by Eye’s John L Walters and featuring Stack’s Steve Watson among the speakers.


Day two begins

The first day of the 48-hour magazine project was full of enthusiasm, industry, creativity, humour and patience. In our first group meeting we established the name MakeShift and that speed of thought set the tone for the rest of the day. A great antidote to the rest of the week’s news.

We ended Saturday with the content mapped onto pages – today we fill up the spaces and see how it holds together.

Check our  tumblr, flickr and twitter, or come and find us at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on Level 2, Green side, overlooking the Ballroom.


Day one begins

We’re in the South Bank Centre, setting up.

Can’t join us for the whole day? Come at 1pm, 4pm or 7pm for a briefing meeting.

Can’t make it along at all? Check our  tumblr, flickr and twitter.



August 5, 2011

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Out now: Shellsuit Zombie #2

A rallying call for young design graduates arrived at magCulture recently in the form of issue two of Shellsuit Zombie. Their workshop/event/publishing programme can be compared to other groups like It’s Nice That and YCN (both of whom have new magazines out now, more soon) but the Shellsuit team have a more polemical approach to encouraging graduates to do their own thing.

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padculture 05.08.11

Catching up on a few recents apps and stories…

mono.kultur have a lovely free iPad app version of their recent ECM issue. Highly recommended.

The New Yorker is far and away the most succesful Condé Nast app – see the top five figures here.

The mono.kultur and New Yorker apps share a simple approach to their content, unlike so many magazine apps. But Khoi has found an even worse example of ‘burdensome and user-unfriendly interfaces’.

A comparison of the numbers of apps the main US publishers are selling.

SPD recently held an iPad event in New York featuring five people behind recent magazine apps. Read reports here.


August 4, 2011

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Out now: The Green Soccer Journal

Issus two of The Green Soccer Journal has been out a few weeks now, ready for the imminent new season. It comes with two cover versions – above Patrick Viera, and after the jump Mamadou Sakho, players related to the issue’s focus on French football. Highlights include Peter Saville and Carlo Brandelli disucssing the game; a behind-the-scenes shoot at French football’s legendary Clairefontaine training centre; a look at French ex-pats playing in New York. My favourite? A taxonomy of refs whistles (after the jump). The magazine is a very welcome addition to football publishing.

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August 3, 2011


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CR column, August 2011

My latest column for Creative Review appeared in their August issue while I was still away. In it I look at the naming of magazines including Monika, Wired, City, Little White Lies and Carlos. More about the August issue here.


August 3, 2011

New magazines

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Mollie Makes

People often ask me what’s the best way to launch a new magazine. There’s no simple answer of course, and every attempt to provide an answer leads to more questions, but two key factors are making sure your idea is strong and easily communicated, and start small – forget the mega-launch.

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