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.
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.
Andrew Losowsky in New York returns from the corner kiosk with some recent US magazines. ‘An overdue update from these shores, so it seems appropriate that I open with Apology.’
So what are you thinking of when I say “A new magazine from the former Editor-in-Chief of Vice”?
It’s probably not Apology magazine, an elegant, pretty much gonzo-free publication that’s indulgent in all the right ways. In his editor’s note (perversely placed at the end of the magazine), Jesse Person says that the magazine is named “as a reference to the classical idea of apologetics (pl.n. reasoned arguments defending a theory or doctrine).” He also describes it as “my apologia against what I see as the problematic state of magazines today, both big and small.”
Always good to see the work behind the finished execution: New York Times Magazine art director Gail Bichler explains how she and photographer Craig Cutler created their recent vegiburger cover.
Eye opens up the old-school page layout process at Private Eye.
Rick Poynor casts his eye over Peter Bilak’s recent launch Works That Work for Design Observer: ‘Bilak reclaims the word (Creativity) from the stultifying embrace of branding culture and design thinking… by being wonderfully low-key and “vernacular” about it.’
The magazine rack is passé – how about displaying your favourite magazine on the wall with MagFix?
Mike Dempsey reveals his love of Willy Fleckhaus’s Twen magazine, explaining how he managed to adopt the magazine’s Schmalfette Grotesk typeface for his own use.
A quick Friday look at five magCulture indie favourites with newly published issues. Starting with the ninth issue of Port, which as trailed here a few weeks back is a film special guest edited by man-of-the-moment Daniel Day Lewis.
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.
January 18, 2013
SPD celebrate the imminent arrival of a US edition of Anorak.
Fashion mag does fashion story based on natural disaster. Zzzzz.
An archive of French Vogue covers, via the kings of the archive front cover, Newmanology.
Following initial scorn, Rolling Stone succumbs to the iPad app.
How to solve the problem of magazine subscriptions – compete at service with Amazon and John Lewis, not other publishers.
For its new third issue, The Plant Journal has dropped the word ‘Journal’ from its name. The Plant is a better name; it helps the magazine stand apart from Wilder Quarterly and while ‘Journal’ was once a useful statement of a magazines’ desire to be different, the word is becoming a cliché of indie publishing.