Overmatter 30.11.12

Grazia launches an iPad app with built in ecommerce linked to various online stores. Created using Pugpig.

Condé Nast magazines feature an odd cover addition promoting Windows 8; each one customised to refer to the carrying magazine but apparently not a paid-for arrangement. Rather nasty on my issue of The New Yorker.

See the work of New York Times Magazine art director Gail Bichler.

Eye is disappointed by Wet magazine retrospective.

Monocle are holding their Christmas Market at their Marylebone offices this weekend.


Overmatter 28.11.12

US Vogue’s Grace Coddington interviewed as she publishes her memoirs.

Church of London art director Victoria Talbot interviewed.

Watch out for Fire & Knives’ soon-come sister magazine Gin & It.

The New Yorker is digghing into its massive archive with the new Double Take blog.

Wired has a pop-up shop in London from 2–5 December.

Gym Class has published some of Richard Turley, Luke Hayman and my thoughts about last year’s SPD Awards.

The attendee list for next week’s Little Magazine Coalition meeting in NY grows.


The Stack, Wilder, WeAreHere, Gym Class #9

I was one of the guests on last Saturday’s edition of ‘The Stack’, Monocle24’s excellent weekly hour of magazine coverage. Monocle supremo Tyler Brulé hosts the show and his passion for and knowledge of magazines shines through the whole thing – he has an admirable command of both the creative and business sides of publishing. Each edition feaures a mix of pre-recorded interviews with magazine makers, industry figures, shop owners, events organisers, plus an in-studio discussion.

Alongside me this week was Tim Heyward from Fire&Knives, who’s always good value (and who, by the way, is about to co-publish a new magazine called Gin & It, about drink, more of which soon). We were both asked to bring in a selection of magazines to discuss, and as always happens there wasn’t time to run through them all. So here’s a quick run through my selection.

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November 23, 2012


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Coming soon: Eye #84

A rather fine-looking Monotype special from Eye – check out the type specimens.


Local news

A quick update on a few things…

First up, there are still a few tickets left for Printout! next tuesday (27 Novemeber). Lucy and Yassa from Juke have been added to the line-up sharing their favourite magazines of 2012. They’re also providing the music for the evning. Come along and vote – and pick up a free copy of Frieze Masters, the new art magazine from Frieze Publishing. Tickets are £5 here.

I’ll be joining Tyler Brulé to talk magazines on Monocle24’s ‘The Stack’ tomorrow, Saturday 26, 10-11am.

The recent quiet here is ending – expect more posts from next week.

Meanwhile don’t forget the magCulture shop remains open, with lots of our faves in stock (talking of which, if you ordered a copy of Chinese magazine Cover, we hope to have our copies soon and will be mailing them as soon as we do).

And finally, our newsletter will restart next week. Sign up using the field just there on the right >


November 22, 2012


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Little Magazine Coalition update

Publishing your own magazine with a print run between 1,000 and 15,000? In/near Brooklyn, New York? You should be attending the next meeting of the Little Magazine Coalition, December 7.The subject is advertising

Full details here.


Dadich returns to Wired

Scott Dadich, who made his name as creative director on Wired between 2006 and 2010, is to return to the magazine as Editor-in-chief.

Following his collaboration with Adobe on the development of the Wired iPad app, one of the first magazine apps, Dadich continued to work with Adobe to develop the production process into a commercial add-on to inDesign (later to become DPS), and since 2010 he has been leading the development of Condé Nast’s iPad and iPhone publishing programme as Vice President, Editorial Platforms and Design.

The move makes sense for Wired. Since his departure the magazine has felt rudderless. That’s not a comment on his design successor Brandon Kavulla, more on the situation as a whole. The magazine seemed to find its true self during his time there – issues of this period were must-reads and arguably, even while creative director, Dadich was de facto editor. Particularly on later issues such as the special Mystery edition (May 2009), where Dadich collaborated with guest editor TV/movie writer J.J Abrams, it felt like he had complete control. On arrival at the magazine he filled a vacuum; on leaving he left that vacuum behind him. Now he will fill it again.

We can look forward, then, to a revived Wired. But where does this leave Condé Nast’s tablet/mobilepublishing programme?

Full news story here.


Printout! November 27

The final Printout! of 2012 sees a special event seeking to answer the question, ‘what has been the best independent magazine of the year?’

Carefully avoiding statistical or jury-based methods, we’ve rounded up a group of experts – magazine editors, designers and commentators – and asked each of them to make the case for their favourite magazine. Hugely complex technical solutions are being arranged to enable international particiapants to participate – all other awards programmes will pale by comparison.

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Overmatter 08.11.12

Take a peek inside 032c art director Mike Meiré’s Cologne apartment, courtesy of New York Times T Magazine (thanks Richard).

Yesterday’s Shortlist had a ‘playable’ videogame on the front cover.

Print isn’t dead, but print as we know it is dead, according to Condé Nast CEO.

Colors launches a Brazilian edition.


November 6, 2012


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Mag Is In conference

Taking place in Turin from today – Mag Is In, a new independent publishing conference.