PPA Cover of the Century

On Monday night the PPA kicked off their 100th anniversary year with the launch of their Cover of the Century competition. In his welcome speech, CEO Barry McIlheney explained how hard it had been to whittle the selection down to a ten magazine shortlist, and headed off the inevitable criticism of the shortlist. Don’t worry if you’re magazine isn’t on the list, was the message, the overall selection shows how strong the industry was and is.

Then the gathered great and good of the UK magazine industry were ushered through to see the 10 anointed covers; the criticism began.

These are the best covers of the century?

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Overmatter 25.02.13

In London? This year’s LCC Publishing Innovation conference takes place March 7th.

In Dublin? Magazines Ireland are hosting a half-day conference, Publishing 360, on April 24th. I’ll be speaking alongside PPA’s Barry McIlheney, FMG’s Julia Hutchinson and The Week’s Kerin O’Connor.

A quick look at ten of the new crop of food magazines.

The man behind the new ‘T’ at the New York Times T Magazine speaks up.

Ex-creative director, now editor-in-chief, Scott Dadich arrives at US Wired, promises to ‘blow things up’.

On Monocle24’s latest edition of The Stack: editor of the Weekend FT, Caroline Daniel, and Andrew Harrison, recently installed editor of Q magazine. Plus a report on Greek magazine Parallaxi.

Just back from QVED in Munich (review to follow) where Bidoun creative director Babak Radboy announced that their upcoming new issue would be the final one.


The Gentlewoman #7

Christy Turlington, Angela Lansbury, Beyoncé – The Gentlewoman is on a roll. The new issues’s Beyoncé cover story is worth the entry price alone but check out the new geometric overprint design features too (after the jump).

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Magtastic 5: Books for magazine people

Andrew Losowsky surveys recent magazine-related design books

In my day job, I’m currently the Books Editor at The Huffington Post, and I even have a book of my own about to come out, ‘Fully Booked’ (Gestalten), about how print book design has reacted to the rise of digital media. So it seems appropriate that I take a look at a few books that have come out in the last 12 months or so, which might interest the discerning magCulture reader.

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Back to the future with US Esquire

Great to see this month’s US Esquire recall its heyday, bravely leading with this bold typographic sell for an exclusive piece of journalism. Congratulations to all involved (thanks Terri).



You the distributor

As the traditional newsstand environment deteriorates – have you been to a high street branch of WHSmith recently? – publishers are looking for new ways to communicate with readers and sellers. Here’s a cute idea from one new magazine, attempting to build on the community and shared passion that can develop around a magazine.

The magazine, Work That Works, is very interesting and will be reviewed here soon.


Out soon: Port #9

The next issue of men’s magazine Port is another themed one, their first film issue. Guest-edited by Daniel Day-Lewis it sports this portrait of Paul Thomas Anderson by Stefan Ruiz on the cover and a subtle typographic nod towards cinema signage on the cover lines. Click to see larger version.


Overmatter 18.02.13

My Printout partner Steve Watson will be talking to Kit Hammond (Publish and Be Damned) at the ICA London, March 1.

As Time Warner considers selling off its magazines, this must-read piece by Michael Wolff pins the failure on management, and could be written about almost any of the large publishers.

Talking of which, here’s what the major UK publishers each said about last week’s ABC circulation figures.

The Verge website may be considering a printed magazine.

I’m off to Munich this weekend to talk at QVED – come say hi if you’re there.

Give magazines, not cards.


February 18, 2013

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Continued server problems

Following the tech issues, normal service is on its way – February’s posts at least are present and correct.

Plenty of holes still remain in the archive, but expect new posts as usual from today. Apologies for the delay.


Financial Times 125th anniversary

To mark its 125th anniversary, today’s Financial Times features its original logo. Click for larger version.