September 30, 2011


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Coming events

Summer’s coming to a hot end here in London, but with its passing the Autumn diary begins to fill up. Here’s a bunch of exciting events coming up soon…

September 30 (today!) – October 2, New York
The NY Art Book Fair always features plenty of independent magazines.

October 1, Preston
Preston is My Paris zine launch their new book at the Son Gallery. All welcome.

October 20-22, London
TypoLondon has an extraordinary selection of speakers from the design world. Sadly I’ll miss it because I’ll already be on my way to speak at…

October 26-28, Mississippi
The ACT2 Experience, Samir ‘Mr Magazine’ Husni’s annual magazine conference.

November 4 – January 29, London
Making It Up As We Go Along is an exhibition celebrating 20 years of Dazed & Confused.

November 26, Bucharest
Decat Revista
magazine holds its first Narrative Journalism Conference, The Power of Storytelling.


September 30, 2011

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Out now: Delayed, Oh Comely, CA, OK, Carson

It’s catch-up time at magCulture again; here’s a selection of magazines that have arrived here and deserve a nod. Starting up with the latest edition of Delayed Gratification, the slow journalism magazine, with a look back at April, May and June this year.

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Overmatter 29.09.11

Scott Dadich discusses his inspirations for Adobe.

More Condé Nast magazine-themed restaurants on their way.

The Guardian likes the Bloomberg Businessweek iPad app.

New York Times Magazine covers the most surreal country on earth.

The other side of the story – Al Qaida magazine remembers 9/11.


September 27, 2011

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Out now: Papercut

Publishing platform app Papercut was released last week with three short stories from publishers Shortfire brought to life with illustration. The iPad app was created by UK-Swedish studio ustwo and is typical of their output: slickly designed, heavily marketed and interesting and flawed in equal parts.

The interesting part is the idea that visual material can appear in response to the reader scrolling through text. As a piece of text scrolls into view it triggers the appearance of other elements on the page. This works well in principal, and is an interesting hint at what magazines might do, but the flaw with this first app is that the text frame – the scroll area that triggers the visuals – is too small. An iPad screen full of text can be too much, but ten lines at a time just isn’t enough. The ratio between visual and verbal is wrongly balanced.

That said, there are some lovely visuals and satisfying animations. See what you think from the video.


Overmatter 23.09.11

GymClass publishes Andrew’s George Lois interview online.

Amelia Gregory from Amelia’s Magazine added to St Brides Conference line-up, alongside Steve Watson, Phil Baines, Berg and others.

Creative Review catches up with Boat magazine as the team head off to Detroit to prepare issue two.

Four special covers designed for the latest Fast Company, as new creative director Florian Bachleda settles into the role.

Overmatter 21.09.11

Karen Lacroix of Uncanny Editions is talking about her publication at X Marks The Bokship, 630pm on September 30.

The Guardian doesn’t enjoy Q’s attempt at an interactive magazine cover.

Issue five of Twin is now out.

Sam from Cooler deconstructs the process of making a magazine front cover.

Rumours persist of a book about The Face… anyone know anything?


September 15, 2011


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On sale now: Port #3

Available now in the magCulture shop.


Ideas Illustrated

‘Why Am I Here?’ asks the cover of the latest edition of YCN’s magazine Ideas Illustrated. The answer is two-fold; first, the magazine serves to promote their excellent roster of illustrators, with plenty of space given over to showing off their talents. And second the question is linked to the issue theme, Relocation, and the distribution strategy they’ve adopted to reflect it. As well being mailed to clients and other interested parties, YCN have arranged for copies to turn up in unexpected places: restaurants and hairdressers for instance.

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September 14, 2011


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GQ app goes monthly

Overmatter 06.09.11

Happy Birthday to Australian design magazine Desktop – 25 years old this month and celebrating with a special issue featuring a 16-page visual essay about visual culture in Australia over that period.

Uncanny Magazine looks, ahem, uncannily good.

The new issue of Underscore is at the printers, and will be launched soon in Singapore with an exhibition of independent magazines apread across several cafés in the city. The U Café project will feature many magCulture favourites: 032c, Apartamento, mono.kultur and Wrap among them. From September 22nd.

Don’t forget Vetted have a great selection of independent magazines avilable online here, including several of the above.