Overmatter 30.04.13

Microsoft puts free wifi into latest issue of Forbes. Nice gimmick, but are Forbes readers in need of free wifi? Perhaps try Big Issue next time?

Congratulations to Richard Turley and his Bloomberg Businessweek team for being named Design Studio of the Year by Creative Review. Includes access to my piece for CR about the BBW Steve Jobs memorial edition.

I already mentioned the Hall of Femmes talks in Stockholm later this month; they’ve added further names including Jennifer Daniel, part of that Businessweek team.

Journalist to relaunch the original feminist magazine Spare Rib.

Monotype present a lunchtime talk about ITC’s typography magazine Upper & Lower Case. May 6, New York.

Brilliant run-through the future of newspapers as imagined by TV, the movies and the industry itself: ‘Newsboy Wears a Neon Sign Lighted by Pocket Battery’.


At Work With: Jaap Biemans, CoverJunkie

This morning we’re in Amsterdam to check out Jaap Biemans’ week ahead. Jaap is the man behind the Coverjunkie blog, everyone’s favourite source of front cover inspiration. When not uploading front covers to his site, he’s art directing Volkskrant Magazine, the weekly title published with the Saturday edition of Dutch newspaper Volkskrant.

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Magazine of the Week: UC Quarterly

Barely a week goes by without another blog publishing a print edition, but not all are as successful as this example from the Austin-based Under Consideration network of blogs. U.C.Quarterly reproduces material from Speak Up, Brand New, Quipsologies, The Design Encyclopedia, Word It, and FPO in 48-page summary form.

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Responsive design in print

Here’s a nice take on responsive design from the students of Helsinki University of Technology, created in response to Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat’s change of format from broadsheet to tabloid.


Overmatter 26.04.13

Creative Review produce their biggest issue ever: 230 pages including their ‘Annual’ best of last year. Includes a profile of the new Human After All agency that’s grown out of the Church of London.

Urban music mag Vibe is bought and closed by company that did the same to Spin.

Out now: fourth edition of Bristol comic mag Off Life.

I’m doing a live interview with Jop and Gert from Fantastic Man at What Design Can Do, next month in Amsterdam.

New food magazine: Cherry Bombe looks at women and food.


Boston turns attention back to the marathon

A simple idea to mark a traumatic week. Boston design director Brian Struble used running shoes worn in last week’s Boston marathon to create this image (click image for larger version). Photograph by Mitch Feinberg.

UPDATE: Editor John Wolfson talks about the making of the cover, ‘We immediately sent out tweets and Facebook posts asking runners to submit their shoes. At the same time, people from every department here at Boston magazine started reaching out to friends and family members asking for shoes.’ More here.


Overmatter 24.04.13

Bauer closes More: writer recalls the sex positions of the week, designer shares illustrations.

Another golden age of magazines discovered – welcome to the ninteties.

Today’s best according to this year’s PPA Awards shortlist.

Richard Turley from Bloomberg Businessweek and Debbi Evans from Libertine talks magazines on last week’s The Stack.

This coming weekend It’s Nice That have a zine workshop at Tate Modern.

Question: who owns the digital technology decisions in publishing companies?

New magazine: Hole & Corner celebrates craft, from May this year.


At Work With: Marissa Bourke, Harper’s Bazaar

Marissa Bourke is best-known for her award-winning reinvention of the British edition of Elle. Late last year she moved to Harper’s Bazaar as creative director, where alongside new editor-in-chief Justine Picardie she has been looking to the magazine’s heritage for inspiration.

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Magazine of the week: Colors #86

Colors has long earned its place in magazine history for the uncompromising photo journalism of early issues under the guidance of photographer Oliviera Toscani and designer Tibor Kalman. In recent years it’s faded from view somewhat, despite the continued support of clothes retailer Benetton.

But over the last couple of years new art director, and now editor-in-chief, Patrick Waterhouse has revitalised the quarterly with a new visual approach and a guidebook-like editorial feel. He’s lining the magazine up behind the idea of slow journalism, of making the most of print rather than trying to compete outright with digital media, and this new issue  is a perfect demonstration of that.

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Overmatter 19.04.13

Magazine Designing is an ambitious new website about the raw detail of how to do what we do, from Croatian art director Nikola Mileta.

Tyler Brulé speaks out against the use of the word ‘content’.

The Guardian launches GuardianWitness, a new platform for readers to contribute content (sorry Tyler).

The shortlist for the Dutch magazine covers of the year has been announced.

New magazines: Woof! Four & Sons is a new Melbourne-based magazine about dogs, as featured on The Stack last week; UC Quarterly is a Newspaper Club produced title from Austin, Texas based on the output from Brand New and associated blogs (review to follow); and more on Modern Farmer.

Huge congratulations to Ben and team at the Government Digital Service for winning the Design Museums’s Designs of the Year with theire reinvention of the Gov.UK website. Great to see graphics at the top of the pile for once, and particularly a content-based website that will change peoples lives.