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.
Aparamento has reached its fifth birthday, its tenth issue featuring interior designer Jim Walrod shot by Jeremy Liebman on the front cover, and interviews inside with, among others, graphic designer Ken Garland, below, shot by Aya Sekine (see my previous post).
The latest issue of the V&A Magazine, published by the museum, features a gatefold cover promoting the museum’s Hollywood Costume exhibition, which opens later this month. Conceived as an homage to Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood issue, V&A editor Thomas Phongsathorn approached Vanity Fair and negotiated an unusual arrangement. Working with Graydon Carter (editor), Jane Sarkin (Features Editor) and Susan White (Photography Director), the two magazines collaborated on the above shot, by photographer Michael Roberts, style editor at large for VF (click image for larger issue).
The November issue of VF will include the same shot. There’s more in this video.
Time for a quick round-up of recent arrivals at magCulture, starting with food magazine The Gourmand. Like a number recent food titles (Fire & Knives and Put A Egg On It spring to mind, more here) The Gourmand uses food as a starting point to enjoy the strange ways of we humans. There’s photography from south India, extreme close-up eating images by Gustav Almestal, some David Shrigley art accompanied by an interview over a meal at his favourite restaurant.