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Map and magazine combined? I’m curious. Hello, Curiocity.

Always refreshing to see some early 20th century illustrated Vogue covers.

And back in the 21st century, Wendy Felton does her annual page-by-page live blog of the year’s US Vogue September mega-issue (thanks Tuomas).

A brief comparison of fashion magazine twitter follower numbers.

The Guardian Masterclass series continues to impress. On Septemeber 8/9 they’re covering independent publishing with Danny Miller from the Church of London and Steve Watson from Stack. Details here.

Monocle24 have a new Saturday morning show about magazines launching tomorrow.  I’ll be there along with Tyler Brulé and Marion Hume. The Stack, 10am.


The Rise of Print

Here’s a complete run through of last weekend’s ‘Rise of Print’ exhibition that we curated as part of MagFest in Edinburgh. The exhibition featured 40 magazines – 30 international independents plus ten magazines showing the range of Scottish publishing.

We also produced a poster of the covers from the exhibition.
Click here to download a copy.

Green Soccer Journal, UK; Wax Poetics, US

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‘The Rise of Print’ at MagFest

Yesterday was day one of PPA Scotland’s MagFest event, and Andrew and I arrived early to fine-tune our magCulture ‘Rise of Print’ exhibition. 40 magazines are represented by a poster-sized front cover, written description and copies for visitors to flick through. The selections were made a while back, the boards designed and sent to print ten days ago, and this is the first time everything has been brought together.

Seeing the magazines together was a very exciting moment. The exhibition wasn’t conceived as a definitive ‘best of’ selection; rather it provides a snapshot of the creative power of current independent magazine publishing. For those unable to make it to Edinburgh, we’ll post the full set of magazines later this week.



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In Berlin September 3? Why not make it along to Kati’s latest Tinta de la Casa evening at Do You Read Me, featuring speakers from magCulture favourites mono.kultur, Offscreen, Teller and Froh!

And at the end of September, Hamburg welcomes The Joy of Graphic Design, two days of design talk including editorial designers Mario Lombardo and Mirko Borsche.

Big fat Vogue.

The Week’s editor-in-chief Jeremy O’Grady assigns his magazine’s success to providing content that can’t be found online.

I saw Colors art director Patrick Waterhouse give a very good presentation about his magazine earlier this year . It really is beginning to get its soul back. The latest issue, no84, is a guide to Apocalypse, and features a foldout poster as front cover (thanks Andrew).

Behind the scenes I – tour the US Wired offices via Google Streetview.

Behind the scenes II  – Luke Hayman talks through The Atlantic’s September cover.


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Our favourite Amsterdam magazine store, Athenaeum, have been working hard on their blog and have more English-language posts.

David Hepworth looks back at what celeb mags once learned from the death of Elvis.

Steven Heller looks at French magazine Vendre. Great covers!

In New York? SPD have launched a new series of events, beginning on Septemeber 10 with a look at news titles with speakers from Time, Huffington Post and Newsweek.


New Port cover

hits issue seven with this B&W Platon portrait of actor Cillian Murphy on the front cover.

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News Rewired has a strong line-up of speakers looking at the latest develoopments in digital journalism, including Wired.co.uk editor Nate Lanxon and Alex Miller from Vice magazine.

Hamish in New York has a complete set of the first 50 issues of Monocle on sales via Craig’s List. His picture of them makes them look like a sculpture.

Anorak’s expansion continues with a link up with publisher Gibbs Smith to launch a US edition of the magazine.

David Hepworth digs out two great profile pieces, one of Sinatra from Esquire, the other of Hitler from the New Yorker.

I often get asked advice about blogging – this round up by Alex Mathers gives a good overview.


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Steven Heller looks back to a time when ‘magazines had balls’.

The Little Magazine Coalition is adding members.

Underscore’s UCafé magazine library returns to Singapore, open August 1–12.

Rob Lowe has a tumblr dedicated to his hand-lettering for Fire & Knives.

Some spectacular eighties graphics from The Picture Newspaper (via Idea Books).

Story is a new magazine about Kentucky, US, life. Like the logo.

Coming up: another magazine-in-a-day project, this time in Cardiff, October 6.

The MPA have published their annual Magazine Media Factbook  – 104 pages of stats about the US magazine market (thanks David).