Overmatter 29.10.12

NYTimes takes a look at Manhattans’s ‘last king of print’, Mohammed Ahmed of store Casa Magazines.

UK Wired points to the future of print – events, retail, consultancy.

SPD has a fantastic series of Herb Lubalin retrospectives online.

Literary magazine Five Dials releases a vinyl record edition featuring ‘a 10-inch dub remix of a Hollis Hampton-Jones novel.’ (thanks Andrew).

CRBlog reveals the new illustrated issue of UK Wired.


Who says print is dead?

In today’s Guardian G2 section, Mark Hooper asks, ‘Is the internet really killing print publishing – or could it prove to be its unlikely saviour, with niche magazines thriving in the digital era?’ A familiar narrative for magCulture readers, but great to see it expressed so forthrightly in a daily newspaper.


Upcoming events

A few pieces of magCulture news to share.

First, our shop at The Church of London offices in Shoreditch returns next week, this time on a permanent basis. It’ll feature eight of our favourite magazines at any one time, with an ever-changing line-up. The shop space has been completely redesigned, and acts as the entrance to TCoL’s impressive new Gallery 71a exhibition/event space. It’ll be open (cash only) Mon–Sat, 10am–53-pm from Wednesday 6 June (meanwhile our online shop remains open too).
71a Leonard Street London EC2A 4QS

Second, we’re proud to be participating in Edinburgh’s MagFest this August. Andrew and I are compiling a list of 40 of our favourite magazines for an exhibition that’ll be open 26–27 August alongside the conference organised by PPA Scotland. The magazines will be displayed in the spectacular glass opening hall of the Our Dynamic Earth museum. We’ll also be taking part in a workshop with local designers on Sunday 26. Among the many speakers froma cross the industry, Andrew will be addressing the future of publishing on Monday 27.

Thirdly, keep July 24 clear for the next Printout! Details to follow.

Lastly, if you’re going to Utrecht this week for National Cover Day I’ll see you there.


December 1, 2011

Magazine stores

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Today the small but perfectly formed magCulture pop-up shop opens in the entrance space to the Church of London offices in London. There’ll be some lovely magazines ready for you to carry away – take a look at our online store to see what we’ll be selling. There’ll be a few extras available today too. Bring cash!

10am–530pm week days through December, The Church of London, 71A Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4QS


November 28, 2011

Magazine stores

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magCulture shop

We’ve been selling magazines here on magCulture for the past year or so, after a number of emails asking where to buy some of the magazines featured on the blog. We sold a good few magazines but it was a rather basic service. So today we’re excited to open up our new shop site.

We’ve expanded it to include a small selection of our favourite magazines and offer an improved service for multiple orders. We currently have seven titles in stock: Elsie, Gym Class, Karen, mono.kultur, PopShot, Put A Egg On It and Wrap, with an eighth to be added soon. As each sells out we’ll replace it with another magazine, so there’ll be a limited supply of every magazine and an ever-changing rolling selection. It is a deliberately small range based on quality rather than quantity.

Londoners can also pick up copies of the same magazines from our pop-up shop at the Church of London offices from 1 December (71a Leonard Street, EC2A 4QS).


Overmatter 01.11.11

Brain Pickings looks back at sixties magazine Fact, designed by Herb Lubalin. Typographic covers notable for their content as much as their design.

Google experiments with survey-walls instead of pay-walls to access content.

Condé Nast website Style.com launches its print edition.

Good magazine’s Casey Caplowe talks about the magazine and its infographics.

Dazed & Confused anniversary show opens at Somerset House this Friday.

Reminder that Archi Zines also opens this week.

The Omni archive – that logo!

Get ahead with Christmas – buy someone a reduced price subscription to Stack.


Overmatter 07.10.11

A new magazine event, alas for Spain only. Tinta de la Casa launches in Barcelona next week and later this month in Madrid. Visitors are presented with a magazine menu to select their reading to go with their meal. Love it.

Big Kids is a new kids magazine from Australia.

Steve from Stack reveals all to LeCool London.

Learn fashion at Condé Nast College.

From assistant art editor to launch editor… Mollie Makes editor Jane Toft interviewed.

Printout! returns; news of next event soon…


Overmatter 06.09.11

Happy Birthday to Australian design magazine Desktop – 25 years old this month and celebrating with a special issue featuring a 16-page visual essay about visual culture in Australia over that period.

Uncanny Magazine looks, ahem, uncannily good.

The new issue of Underscore is at the printers, and will be launched soon in Singapore with an exhibition of independent magazines apread across several cafés in the city. The U Café project will feature many magCulture favourites: 032c, Apartamento, mono.kultur and Wrap among them. From September 22nd.

Don’t forget Vetted have a great selection of independent magazines avilable online here, including several of the above.


Overmatter 17.05.11

The New Yorker is the latest of many magazines distributing their content via Flipboard

…though if in China you may find Flipboard access compromised.

In New York on June 7? See O Magazine creative directors Robert Priest and Grace Lee talk about their work.

Zine publisher/distributor Nieves are opening a London store this week:  Nieves at X Marks the Bökship, 210 Unit 3 Cambridge Heath Road.

Overmatter 07.03.11

US-based online shop Vetted sells a range of independent magazines including Apartamento, Grafik, Little White Lies.

Babylon Falling ia s great online resource for sixties alternative magazines and design (thanks Bob).

Condé Nast increases the cost of its ipad apps and moves Vanity Fair and GQ to Adobe DPS.

Abstract takes place in Maine this June, features a remarkable line up in Scott Dadich, Luke Hayman, Dirk Barnett, Arem Duplessis, Florian Bachleda and Gael Towey.

The Apple backlash begins to build.