Linefeed MagHaul

A big welcome back to Melbourne’s Linefeed magazine review vid, this time featuring Gratuitous Type, Art Review, Curious Iconic Craft, The Modern Magazine plus many other mag-related items – 30 minutes of pure magazine goodness, set to Michael’s dulcet tones.

Set some time aside and enjoy. And look out for the magnificent Cat People.


At Work With: Francesco Franchi, IL Magazine

Francesco Franchi is an Italian editorial designer who has been applying his theories for a new paradigm of news design to IL Magazine, the monthly magazine of newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. The result has been a multiple award-winning exposition of typographic and infographic invention, a thrilling visual treat that transcends its Italian-only execution. We join him as his first book on the subject of news design is published, itself a tour de force of design featuring many of the leading figures of contemporary editorial design.

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Berlin last week, Amsterdam next week

A huge thank you to Jessica and Mark of the fabulous Do You Read Me? shop for inviting me to launch ‘The Modern Magazine’ in Berlin last week. They stock one of the best ranges of independent magazines I’ve seen (why doesn’t London have this?), so I picked up a bag full from the shop – that’s me above with Jessica (see panorama shot at end of post for a better idea of the amount of titles they hold) – before heading off to their other shop to do the talk.

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Overmatter 08.10.13

Must-reads: Jon Lund on why iPad magazines fail and Joe Zeff explains how to ‘save’ them. Lund wins. Until magazine apps can be found, they’ll struggle.

A great New Yorker piece by Ken Auletta about The Guardian’s financial problems and quest for international status via NSA revelations.

In London? See the AOI Illustration Awards Show at Somerset House until October 27.

Monocle’s Tyler Brulé talks to Bloomberg TV about making print profitable.

Mr Magazine records the year’s 591 (US) magazine launches, notes rise of b**kazines (like the concept, hate that name).

Publisher confirms posthumous publication of Michael Hastings book about life as a magazine intern.

New magazine: ThisIsPaper builds on its web presence with a new print mag.


October 3, 2013

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Books x magazines – a tale of two formats

There are a good few magazine-related books around at the moment, and here are two very different examples that have crossed my desk recently: the self-explanatory ‘Radio Times Cover Story’ and ‘The Monocle Guide to Better Living’.

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Redesigning in opposite directions

New Yorker creative director Wyatt Mitchell has been reworking parts of the magazine, as announced in the recently posted video. That video led with changes to the Goings On About Town listings section, but last week’s edition had a few other changes.

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On sale: The Modern Magazine

My new book ‘The Modern Magazine’ was published yesterday, and I’m pleased to offer it in our online shop at a discounted price of £25. See some spreads from the book, along with my thoughts about it, after the jump.

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Out now: The Modern Magazine

Looks like my new book ‘The Modern Magazine’ has turned up in a few shops already in London so here’s a heads up that it’s officially published on Monday. We’ll be selling it in the magCulture shop – look out for details, including a special launch offer, here next week.


Vanity Fair at 100

Vanity Fair celebrates its 100th anniversary this month with a special issue starring Kate Upton and featuring a new logo.

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Overmatter 19.07.12

Rolling Stone has courted controversy with their front cover ‘starring’ the Boston Bomber suspect. It’s fascinating to see a magazine cover cause such angst, and follows Bloomberg Businessweek being called for racism and Port for sexism. Best piece to date on RS from a publishing angle comes from Andy Cowles, though a large serving of overreaction needs to be acknowledged too. Anyone actually read the profile inside yet?

Paul Gorman, who wrote the Barney Bubbles book, is working on a book about The Face with full co-operation from founder Nick Logan.

Ironic timing given the current UK weather, but the shoe-drying kit for cyclists is a cute idea from Newspaper Club and cycling brand Vulpine. Next, a link-up with a fish and chips shop.

Wallpaper* announce their annual Handmade issue.

Celebrating artists studios and spaces, Ancestry Quarterly is an intriguing new magazine raising funds via Kickstarter. Help them!