EDO: Port magazine, 13.11.12

The next EDO event looks at Port magazine. I’ll be interviewing editor Dan Crowe and creative directors Matt Willey and Kuchar Swara about their quarterly men’s magazine as they prepare to publish the eighth issue.

This is a rare chance to hear from the trio behind one of the most exciting British launches of recent years. We’ll be talking about how the started the magazine, what they’ve learned along the way, and their ambitions for the future.

Tickets available here.


Overmatter 29.10.12

NYTimes takes a look at Manhattans’s ‘last king of print’, Mohammed Ahmed of store Casa Magazines.

UK Wired points to the future of print – events, retail, consultancy.

SPD has a fantastic series of Herb Lubalin retrospectives online.

Literary magazine Five Dials releases a vinyl record edition featuring ‘a 10-inch dub remix of a Hollis Hampton-Jones novel.’ (thanks Andrew).

CRBlog reveals the new illustrated issue of UK Wired.


October 24, 2012


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Normal service will be resumed soon

Advance warning that things are going to be a litle quiet here on the blog for the next couple of weeks. That’s the bad news.

The good news? The reason for the quiet is I’m completing a new book about editorial design, to be published next year. More news on that soon.

Look out here for a New York update from Andrew Losowsky later this week; also coming up, news of next Printout! and EDO evenings.

And don’t forget our online shop remains open.


Overmatter 23.10.12

The Germans is a new political journal from Germany and looks intriguing (thanks Mike).

Long form journalism is great. But who’s going to write it all?

A slideshow of independent fashion magazines.

SPD announce this years Awards co-chairs.

I like the sound of new app Circa but frustratingly its not yet avilable outside the US.


Newsweek axes print

The final print edition of Newsweek will appear on Dec 31 this year, after which the title will be digital-only. Meanwhile The Guardian are busy denying reports – in today’s Daily Telegraph – that they are planning a similar move soon.

More on Newsweek here.


Happy 20th birthday G2

Running neatly on from the previous post about the Newspaper Club’s new mini format, today is also the 20th anniversary of the first edition of The Guardian’s G2 section. Although originally tabloid-sized, since the 2005 redesign of the newspaper G2 has run as an A4 daily magazine, and has had plenty of fun with its front covers – first under launch art director Richard Turley and now Jo Cochrane. See more of her cover designs here, read the newspaper’s selection of the best of G2 here.

Th Guardian have just posted a slideshow of covers here.


October 12, 2012


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Now on sale in our online shop

We’ve been busy restocking the magCulture shop. Our current selection includes:

Bloomberg Businessweek US election special.
Rouleur no34, featuring Henri Cartier-Bresson’s velodrome shoot.
The Gourmand, beautiful launch issue of this new food magazine.
The Green Soccer Journal, the fourth edition of our favourite football magazine.
The Alpine Review, recent Magazine of the Week on the blog.
Plus others including several sale items: Port, mono.kultur, Karen.

Visit the shop here.


Overmatter 11.10.12

‘To read an edition of Aspen magazine is to flip through a booklet, unfurl a concertina, shuffle some postcards or to unfold a poster.’ Eye reviews the Aspen exhibition at London’s Whitechapel gallery.

‘At the time, women in journalism were relegated to fact-checking and research, with little hope of rising in the mostly male editorial ranks.’ The story of the seventies Newsweek revolt.

Meanwhile in the London of the same era Robin Fior was the dominant designer of counter-culture publications such as Black Dwarf. Read his obituary here.

Next week’s New Statesman will be guest-edited by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

A brief video insight into the magazine collection of Barcelona-based publisher/magaholic Luis Venegas.

How to prevent spoilers in an online movie review – run part of the text in white (thanks Jennifer).

New magazine app tool Maz lets readers share pages direct to Pinterest.


October 10, 2012


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SPD student outreach (New York)

SPD are holding a Q&A session for students on Wednesday October 24, a chance to question professionals from across the industry. The evening builds on their series of online ‘Ask the Pros’ sessions.

The panel:
• David Curcurito, design director (Esquire)
Dennis Huynh, freelance art director (Cooking Light, Tennis, Cincinnati)
• Jen Sharpe, human resources/staffing rep (Time Inc, NBC Universal)
Elliot Stokes, designer (Every Day with Rachael Ray, Fast Company, Inc.)
Yuko Shimizu, illustrator (clients include: NY Times, TIME, New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Playboy, The Atlantic)

Free admission for SPD members; full ticket details here.


October 10, 2012

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Out now: Varoom! #19

Varoom! has had a mixed life. In its original Non-Format designed iteration it was a highly designed perfect bound magazine that attempted to reach beyond its AOI member readership to create a more general readership interested in illustration. I liked its strong design, a bold graphic treatment that gave the maagzine a clear identity but also worked with the many examples of illustration on its pages. Presumably others didn’t like it so much – a subsequent redesign was weak by comparison. But now as a tabloid newspaper I think it‘s finally found a niche for itself (cover, above by Radio).

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