Overmatter 11.10.12

‘To read an edition of Aspen magazine is to flip through a booklet, unfurl a concertina, shuffle some postcards or to unfold a poster.’ Eye reviews the Aspen exhibition at London’s Whitechapel gallery.

‘At the time, women in journalism were relegated to fact-checking and research, with little hope of rising in the mostly male editorial ranks.’ The story of the seventies Newsweek revolt.

Meanwhile in the London of the same era Robin Fior was the dominant designer of counter-culture publications such as Black Dwarf. Read his obituary here.

Next week’s New Statesman will be guest-edited by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

A brief video insight into the magazine collection of Barcelona-based publisher/magaholic Luis Venegas.

How to prevent spoilers in an online movie review – run part of the text in white (thanks Jennifer).

New magazine app tool Maz lets readers share pages direct to Pinterest.

 

Overmatter 28.09.12

Anologue x digital: New York trials personal hand deliveries in Manhattan to avoid slow, expensive US Post; meanwhile it is now making 40% of its ad income online.

The Economist separates its digital and print ad sales.

The rich love their magazines, apparently.

HuffPo looks back at 21 years of Big Issue front covers.

 

Out now: Ideas Illustrated

The latest issue of Ideas Illustrated is out, with a new editor, new format and new design. An all-new approach in fact.

Before I go further, I should declare an interest. I’ve worked with the magazine’s publisher, YCN, for quite some time in one way or the other. While I was at John Brown Publishing we helped them launch their annual awards book, and I’ve regularly commissioned illustration from their (excellent) agency. Then most recently I helped them define the brief for the changes to Ideas Illustrated.

But that was a while back, and now the finished magazine has arrived. And it’s rather good, with a far better sense of editorial focus and an improved design by art director Alex Hunting.

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Overmatter 12.03.12

Francesco Franchi from IL magazine discusses visual storytelling (via Gym Class).

‘What a bloody good night all round’. Inferno reviews last week’s Printout event.

.Net magazine lists ten ways to make a digital magazine.

US Elle remakes Demi Moore’s nude, pregnant Vanity Fair cover.

Irma Boom discusses the differences between book and magazine design.

David Hillman is working on a book about photographer Terence Donovan and is looking for copies of Queen magazine from 1965. If you think you can help email me.

 

Overmatter 06.02.12

Bloomberg Businessweek’s Richard Turley interviewed. From favourite covers to favourite pub.
UPDATE: Daily Mail try to stir up a fuss.

A beautiful collection of vintage Vogue images.

Forgotten about Rupert Murdoch’s daily app ‘newspaper’ The Daily? You’re not alone (thanks Matt).

Mewanwhile, Murdoch’s News International trials Facebook ‘magazine’.

A lovely bit of story-telling; William Owen points us at The Guardian’s use of agency pictures to report last week’s Madrid–Barcelona derby.

Now on at the Saatchi: ‘Fifty Years of the Sunday Times Magazine’, showcasing photography from the magazine.

 

Overmatter 30.11.11

The way we were – Retronaut has a small selection of lauch issue front covers.

The Economist stumbles into digital success, with 100,000 digital subscribers. Interview with CEO here.

Research indicates that when it comes to magazine apps, ‘Interactive elements are valuable, but they’re a secondary benefit’. Enough effects!

Berg launch their five-years-in-the-making ‘newspaper for the twitter age’ Little Printer. Clever concept, clever tech, poor product design. What’s so sinister about the idea that it needs dressing up as a badly-executed cartoon character?

 

Overmatter 08.11.11

The New Yorker appoints its first creative director, Wyatt Mitchell, formerly of Wired.

Oh Comely have a smart new website.

Design a Christmas card for Stack competition: winning card will be printed and sent to all Stack subscribers, and designer pockets £250.

Visionaire publish the biggest magazine ever.

 

Overmatter 18.08.11

Introducing the Salford Zine Library. As well as touring the UK, they’ll be exhibiting their collection from 15 October 2011 to 29 January 2012 at Islington Mill, Salford Salford Museum and Art Gallery. They’re after contributions to the show, too.

My favourite Amsterdam magazine store Athenaeum has a new online magazine about magazines (click on MagWhispers) . If only it was English-langauge!

It’s 35 years since Sniffing Glue set the tone for UK punk fanzines. I haven’t seen much celebration of this at home but here’s a Argentinian appreciation.

These pictures not only show the production method for seventies zines; this was how professional magazines were produced too.

Coming soon: the tenth annual St Bride Conference, co-curated by Eye’s John L Walters and featuring Stack’s Steve Watson among the speakers.

 

Out now: Lineread #3, Decadism

The latest issue of LineRead, the print spin-off from Michael’s LineFeed blog, is available from Magcloud now.

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Overmatter 10.03.11

After a spate of indie food titles, it looks like football is the next audience to be treated to new voices. First The Green Soccer Journal, next The Blizzard.

Following the references to Monocle in response to the recent NYTimes posts here, I thought it interesting to dust down this detailed look at the magazine’s print and digital design from insider Dan Hill…

…while Andrew gives a blow by blow editorial review of the new NYTimes magazine.

Ebony redesign revealed by SPD.

Congratulations to the Wallpaper* team for winning a Design Week award for their Handmade issue.

Khoi highlights the differences between print and digital production timelines, notes what every designer knows and publishers tend to overlook: digital takes longer and is less nimble than print. UPDATE –I’m happy to clarify that Khoi believes the opposite is usually true. In his post he is referring to one particular instance.

A new children’s magazine in France: hello, Bonbek.

The other side of magazine-y: men’s mag; model on cover; scratch n stiff knickers. Urgh.

The other side of of trend prediction: photographer David Campbell reveals the stock photography created to feed stories of cultural/class anxiety.

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