Out now: The Plant #3

For its new third issue, The Plant Journal has dropped the word ‘Journal’ from its name. The Plant is a better name; it helps the magazine stand apart from Wilder Quarterly and while ‘Journal’ was once a useful statement of a magazines’ desire to be different, the word is becoming a cliché of indie publishing.

Read the rest of this entry

Out now: Apartamento #10

Aparamento has reached its fifth birthday, its tenth issue featuring interior designer Jim Walrod shot by Jeremy Liebman on the front cover, and  interviews inside with, among others, graphic designer Ken Garland, below, shot by Aya Sekine (see my previous post).

Read the rest of this entry

Local news

Before I sign off for the holidays, some quick updates.

The next Printout! takes place on January 22, when we’ll be looking at new magazines for the new year. If you’re launching/have just launched/know of a new independent magazine please get in touch with Steve or me.

Making Magazines 2012
This day-long conference at St Brides was a personal highlight of 2012. As several people have pointed out, Simon and I promised a follow-up publication as a memento for all attendees. We haven’t forgotten, it’s been harder than expected to get it completed but the good news is it’s in production and should go to print early 2013. Something to look forward to!

The Modern Magazine
I’ve just completed a new book to be published in 2013 by Laurence King. More news nearer publication date.

Two exhibition projects I helped with continue over into the new year. Graphic Design: Now in Production is in its last few weeks at the Hammer Museum, LA, while at Helsinki’s Design Museum The Home continues until January 13. And The Rise of Print is available for further venues in 2013.

magCulture shop
All orders to date have been mailed. Any placed over the holidays will be sent out early January. And talking of the shop, it’ll be expanding early next year with a new partner. Full details next year.

Merry Christmas
Thank you as ever for sending in your magazines, for reading the posts and using the shop. We’ll be helping you through the holidays with a daily dose of recent arrivals here at magCulture.

Have a good break.

Holiday cover above via Newmanology.


Overmatter 21.12.12

Monocle24’s The Stack goes native tomorrow, with host Tyler Brulé talking to the Monocle magazine team about their editorial highlights of the year and how they see the industry changing in the new year. Editor Andrew Tuck, Creative Director Richard Spencer Powell and Photo Director, Poppy Shibamoto all feature.

A Flickr pool full of The Face.

Newspapers: it’s not the drop in print ad sales but the small scale of digital revenues that matters according to The Atlantic.

Newmanology has the best collection of Christmas front covers. Jingle, jingle!


Overmatter 19.12.12

Smash Hits magazine is celebrated on BBC Radio 4 this Thursday, 20 December at 11.30am. On iPlayer later.

FishBowl have a cover design of the year vote going on here.

i-D finally sell up, to Vice magazine.

CreativeBloq ask five editorial designers how to create a magazine. They also list five top design inspiration sites (blush).

Inside The New Yorker: an appropriately long read. Watch out for the meaning of ‘self-cleaning oven’.


The Printer’s Tale

Little Printer

I went to a fascinating evening of talks called ‘The Printer’s Tale’ at Decoded the other night. The plentiful wine and mince pies were enough on their own to spread cheer, but the talks were equally enjoyable, looking at how print is combining with digital. Or is it digital with print? Arriving early I met a woman who had been running a magazine workshop with schoolkids. She bemoaned their lack of magazine experience, a gentle reminder of the ‘end of print’ elephant in the room.

Read the rest of this entry

Overmatter 14.12.12

Warning: many, many magazines have been harmed building this furniture. Don’t let the makers near my studio!

The joining of print and digital will be celebrated at St Brides Decoded next Monday 17 December at A Printer’s Tale. More at Eye blog. See you there!

Late to this, worth a look if you’ve not seen it. Financial news site Quartz, from the publishers of The Atlantic.

Condé Nast have made video samplers featuring editors of their magazines (thanks Richard).

Flowsee is a new magazine project raising money via Kickstarter; content to be decided by readers.


December 13, 2012

Magazine stores

No Comments

Stack Christmas offer to magCulture readers

Looks like a stack of magazines there, and that’s exactly what you’ll have if you take out a subscription to Stack. Receive a different independent magazine every month, along with notes from founder (and my Printout! co-conspirator) Steve Watson.

Buy a sub now and use the code ‘MagCulture’ (subtle, eh?) to get a seasonal 10% reduction. The perfect gift! Note also their newly reduced US prices.

Subscribe here.


Out now: The Loop

With everything getting Christmassy, what better time for a new kid’s magazine?

Read the rest of this entry

Overmatter 07.12.12

On tomorrows edition of Moncole24’s The Stack: Charlie Porter from The Guardian, Elliot Jay Stocks from Page 8 magazine, plus a report about the American Reader.

The Economist sees better times ahead for paywalls.

Is it that time again already? The SPD Awards are open for entries.

Next week in Rome – the 3rd Belvedere independent magazine festival.

The Daily may be dead but Joe Zeff presents the case for tablet publishing.