Overmatter 28.09.12

Anologue x digital: New York trials personal hand deliveries in Manhattan to avoid slow, expensive US Post; meanwhile it is now making 40% of its ad income online.

The Economist separates its digital and print ad sales.

The rich love their magazines, apparently.

HuffPo looks back at 21 years of Big Issue front covers.


BSME Awards shortlists

Congratulations to everyone on this years BSME Awards shortlists. Design lists below, full editorial shortlists here. The winners will be announced at dinner on November 12.

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Posted: The Gourmand, B, Tissue, Nom de Strip

Time for a quick round-up of recent arrivals at magCulture, starting with food magazine The Gourmand. Like a number recent food titles (Fire & Knives and Put A Egg On It spring to mind, more here) The Gourmand uses food as a starting point to enjoy the strange ways of we humans. There’s photography from south India, extreme close-up eating images by Gustav Almestal, some David Shrigley art accompanied by an interview over a meal at his favourite restaurant.

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Overmatter 25.09.12

Steve from Stack is part of a panel including editors from independents Crack and The Beat, as well as Dylan Jones from a little mag called GQ. October 25, London.

David Hepworth recalls the pre-email noise of the magazine office.

In the October issue of Creative Review I take a look at the London2012 daily magazines produced by Haymarket.

Typographische Monatsblätter was a Swiss type journal that ran from the sixties through to the eighties. The issues are now online here (thanks Esa).
Correction: the magazine has a history stretching back to 1932; the website relates to a period to be covered by an upcoming book by Louise Paradis (thanks Paul).

Mag Covers 101 is another cover blog, running a seemingly random selection of covers old and new. Quantity rather than quality but worth a flick.

Anorak TV is go, via iTunes.


Scope magazine

I love this 1940s front cover, but I was particularly struck by how designer Lester Beall had the freedom to refer to the modernist art and design movements of that era – Dada and Futurism, the Bauhaus  – despite Scope being a magazine about the medical profession.

Image from a set of magazine covers picked out in a slideshow by The Guardian. from the new Phaidon ‘Archive of Graphic Design’.

More about Lester Beall and Scope here.


Overmatter 17.09.12

The Guardian iPad app now includes The Observer every Sunday.

In London this Thursday? Join Oh Comely for their first film club evening.

BSME announce the shortlist for their Editors’ Editor award – the best editors as voted by their fellow editors. Full shortlists for this years awards to follow later this month.

50 Watts has this beautiful set of 25 vintage magazine covers from Japan.

Good to see CR Blog taking a closer look at Melbourne’s Head Full of Snakes.


September 14, 2012


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USA Today, 30 years ago

A reminder from SND how revolutionary USA Today was regarded at launch. Puts todays redesign into context.


Overmatter 14.09.12

The Boat Magazine team have arrived in Athens to prepare their next issue. Follow progress here.

Wolff Olins’ USA Today redesign is revealed.

Creative Bloq jump the gun with the first best front covers list for 2012.

Daniel uses this week’s cover as an excuse to share a pile of Chris Ware New Yorker covers, including my favourite Halloween one.

SPD have posted a brief round-up from their news weeklies event.


Printout! Do you remember the first time?

Printout!’s back on Tuesday 25 September, with the editors of Rouleur, Popshot, Betty and It’s Nice That looking back at the first issues of their magazines. Plus the return of the magazine library.

Tickets £5 here.


September 7, 2012

Front covers

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Sassy for boys

Here’s the cover of issue two of Dirt, the occasional supplement to Sassy published intermittently from 1992. It apparently had among its staff a young Spike Jonze, and Andrew, who sent me this scan, reckons this is Jason Lee on the cover. He picked up the issue from the old Tower Records magazine dept, another long lost supplier of foreign magazines. Thanks Andrew!