Facing Pages

I’ll be speaking at Facing Pages next month in Arnhem. Previously known as OK Festival (not the greatest title!), it’s organised by the people behind OK Periodical; their first event two years ago was interrupted by the ash cloud airspace closure. I couldn’t get to that one but am looking forward to being involved this time alongside an inpressive line-up including Will from It’s Nice That, Matt and Paul from Little White Lies, Simon Esterson, Laura Meseguer and Michael Bojkowski.

Facing Pages takes place 20, 21 & 22 April.


Out now: Delayed Gratification #5

Best-seller at the magCulture shop at the Making Magazine 2012 event a couple of weeks ago was issue five of Delayed Gratification, the slow journalism magazine.

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March 27, 2012


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CR column

The April issue of Creative Review has my latest column, reminding readers of the question ‘Why a magazine?’ and looking at Occupy Times, The Good Times and This Magazine Will Make You Smile. Out now.


Venezky x NYTimes

The New York Times carried this great piece of op-ed design last weekend. Design: Martin Venezky, words Peter Funt. Click image for zoomable view.


March 26, 2012


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New iPad x magazines

Mashable talks to Adobe, gets the story behind the blurring problem many magazine apps are having with the new iPad; notes new iPad-ready US Vogue app weighs in at 408MB against 300 on the iPad2.


Magazine of the week: Offscreen

Oh sweet irony – it’s a printed magazine about web development and design. The cleverly titled Offscreen unashamedly meets the irony head on, editor Kai Brach explaining in his introduction to the issue that the magazine is the result of his desire to have a more ‘palpable interation with content’. He describes his fellow digital specialists as having lost touch with the human side of digital. What better way to get back in touch with that than print?

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It’s Nice That #8

The new issue of It’s Nice That launches this week, taking ‘Space’ as its theme. Inside you’ll find John Pawson, Paula Scher and Deyan Sudjic among others as well as plenty of work by younger designers including German editorial designer Mirko Borsche. Order quickly to receive a free A1 photographic print by Cyril Porchet and small booklet about Olympic measurements by George Hardie (cover, above, shot by Thomas Brown Erwin Frotin).


Printout design night

Here’s a brief video from the recent Printout design night, held at the Book Club on March 1. Thanks to Tom Eagar for recording and editing it.

The evening featured Rob from Anorak and Cagoule, Chris from Wrap and Paul from Little White Lies, with music from John L Walters (that’s him above) from Eye.

You can see more of Tom’s work on his Vimeo. The next Printout night will be confirmed soon.


Overmatter 20.03.12

The Guardian interview Stylist editor Lisa Smosarski, ‘We wanted to speak to women intelligently and we didn’t feel there were many magazines doing that at the time’.

Article returns as a paid for magazine. The Broken Issue arrives next month, £5 and also available on subscription.

Boat magazine launches a London film competition with the Guardian.

I met Danny O’Brien at the recent Story 2012 event. Here’s his tale from the first iteration of Wired UK.

An exhibition of photography from The New York Times Magazine opens at Amsterdam’s FOAM gallery Thursday 22 March.

I’ll be speaking at Facing Pages in Arnhem on April 21, along with Paul and Matt from Little White Lies, Will from It’s Nice That, Laura Meseger and Simon Esterson.



Overmatter 12.03.12

Francesco Franchi from IL magazine discusses visual storytelling (via Gym Class).

‘What a bloody good night all round’. Inferno reviews last week’s Printout event.

.Net magazine lists ten ways to make a digital magazine.

US Elle remakes Demi Moore’s nude, pregnant Vanity Fair cover.

Irma Boom discusses the differences between book and magazine design.

David Hillman is working on a book about photographer Terence Donovan and is looking for copies of Queen magazine from 1965. If you think you can help email me.