Upcoming events

A few pieces of magCulture news to share.

First, our shop at The Church of London offices in Shoreditch returns next week, this time on a permanent basis. It’ll feature eight of our favourite magazines at any one time, with an ever-changing line-up. The shop space has been completely redesigned, and acts as the entrance to TCoL’s impressive new Gallery 71a exhibition/event space. It’ll be open (cash only) Mon–Sat, 10am–53-pm from Wednesday 6 June (meanwhile our online shop remains open too).
71a Leonard Street London EC2A 4QS

Second, we’re proud to be participating in Edinburgh’s MagFest this August. Andrew and I are compiling a list of 40 of our favourite magazines for an exhibition that’ll be open 26–27 August alongside the conference organised by PPA Scotland. The magazines will be displayed in the spectacular glass opening hall of the Our Dynamic Earth museum. We’ll also be taking part in a workshop with local designers on Sunday 26. Among the many speakers froma cross the industry, Andrew will be addressing the future of publishing on Monday 27.

Thirdly, keep July 24 clear for the next Printout! Details to follow.

Lastly, if you’re going to Utrecht this week for National Cover Day I’ll see you there.


LMC first meet

Ralph at Put A Egg On It is wasting no time. Having announced the Little Magazine Coalition last week, here are details of their first meeting (click on image for larger version).


May 24, 2012

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Bloomberg Businessweek x Euro crisis

This week Bloomberg Businessweek hits the nail on the head yet again with another simple, crisp idea that says exactly what we’re all thinking about the subject.

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In  June’s Creative Review, out today, I take a close up look at the Steve Jobs tribute issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, following it’s D&AD Yellow Pencil win. Produced over one night to replace the regular issue they’d just completed, the design and picture team recall the task.


AJ x Bauhaus

This recent front cover of Architects Journal marked the opening of the Barbican Centre’s major Bauhaus show. The magazine logo is adpated to fit the Bauhaus circle/square/triangle motif, and the duotone red photo appears through a die cut square in the cover and shows principals of the school  – Gropius, Breuer and Kandinsky et al. Design by art editor Brad Yendle.


Printout’s history evening

A few weeks back Printout celebrated its first year of indie magazine evenings. I promised a review, but that’s been superceded by this rather fine video by Tom Eagar (thanks Tom).

Hear Patrick Burgoyne (Creative Review), Liz Bennett (Oh Comely), Steven Gregor (Gym Class) and Simon Esterson (Eye) reveal their favourite magazines from the past; remember our delicious birthday cake and its JPEG icing; spot Steve and I fretting about the tech fails.

And standby for news of our next evening, set for early July.


Overmatter 16.05.12

Observer columnist calls it right on women’s magazines. They’ve always used a formula – but is the formula broken?

A magazine about ‘adventures in the world of drinking’. Who could possibly be interested in that?

International Vogues launch model health promise.

Upcoming It’s Nice That event ‘Here’ features Sonya Dyakova from Frieze and Sir Paul Smith among other speakers.

Mr Magazine analyses the use of multiple front covers.

Independent foods mags round-up on NYTimes blog.

Cathy Anorak interviewed.


May 14, 2012

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Wallpaper subscriber cover

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has created the latest a subscriber cover for Wallpaper* featuring her trademark red dots. Quite out of style for the magazine – all that handwriting – but I like it.


…and while we’re talking smaller magazines

An outsider to win perhaps, but while we’re talking small magazines at the SPD Awards, Port deserves recognition for reaching the Magazine of the Year finalists list. It’s rare for a small self-funded magazine to achieve that.

Bumped into Matt and Dan from the magazine earlier, they’re out here for the Awards gala, and issue six has just gone to press. A special food-themed issue, it has a very bold cover, and they were both buzzing about it. More news here soon, and we hope to be stocking it in the magCulture shop early June.


SPD Small Magazines/self published finalists

While the main focus is naturally on Magazine of the Year and other mainstream categories, one of the things Richard, Luke and I introduced for this years SPD Awards was a category for smaller magazines. Here’s a run through the five finalists in that section . A strong start – I hope they retain the category next year.

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