Overmatter: 18.02.14

List alert! Oitzarisme notes a very tasteful ‘Fifty magazines to buy before you die’

…and Coverjunkie selects the covers he hopes to see at the upcoming D&AD judging.

The British edition of Reader’s Digest is bought for less than a single issue of the mag by 71 year-old TV entrepeneur.

Bob Newman’s latest column for Folio takes a critical look at US launch Dr Oz Good Life, The logo is baffling to me, and is definitely the biggest problem on the cover.

Aussie design magazine Open Manifesto looks interesting in this piece by Kyoorius.

Issue one of Intern is now available for the iPad.

As British ABC starts to include digital sales in circulation figures, print still dominates digital. The exception? Tech mags.

New launch Alphabet promises a new take on family life. Support them on Kickstarter. Meanwhile Quarterly have bettered their Kickstarter target but are still taking pledges.

And don’t forget next week sees QVED2014 take place in Munich, featuring Alex Breuer (The Guardian), David Moretti (Italian Wired), Mike Meiré (032c et al) and many more. I’ll be speaking too. See you there?

 

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A quick catch up on news before we kick off the new year on Monday.

Among the many Best Of lists at the end of 2013, this one stood out for its generosity: Bloomberg Businessweeks’s jealousy list.

What Best Of lists, you say? Check Styleite’s mags of the year; Folio’s look at the US mainstream; It’s Nice That’s best publications; Stack’s indie mag of the year vote (disrupted by one mag’s campaign); Creative Bloq’s leftfield selection; Coverjunkie’s poll-winner. And in case you missed it, Andrew’s list for us.

Interview with Hello Mr founder, Ryan Fitzgibbon, ‘My confidence in the publishing industry lies with the newer titles that have accomplished a lot with very little.

Condé Nast chairman Si Newhouse apparently quietly retired Christmas 2012.

Time Out axes gay section, symbol of the magazine’s alternative origins.

Mzin appears to be a rather fine German online magazine shop (thanks Michael).

 

Friends of Bob Newman


Regular readers will know of New York-based editorial designer Bob Newman, the man behind the Newmanology site and source of daily Facebook archive finds. Not only is he a talented designer, fellow magaholic and all-round enthusiast for editorial design, he’s also one of the nicest and must supportive people in the industry. I first met him in the nineties when I visited New York, when I met many people, all of whom were very kind in giving their time to meet me. But the only person who subsequently kept in regular contact was Bob.

So I was sorry to hear he recently suffered a serious accident. He’s been in hospital for several weeks and I’m happy to say is now recovering well. But he and his family need support to cope with the cost of his care, so a group of his friends have set up a Friends of Bob Newman donations page.

If you’re a regular here at magCulture you’ve almost certainly enjoyed Bob’s musing on magazines. If you don’t know his writing, start with this conversation between us both for Gym Class Magazine in 2011. As Bob said in our last email exchange before his accident, it’s amazing how fast things have moved on since we recorded that conversation.

Enjoy our early thoughts about the iPad. And please donate.

(Photograph by Glenn Glasser)

 

Dadich returns to Wired

Scott Dadich, who made his name as creative director on Wired between 2006 and 2010, is to return to the magazine as Editor-in-chief.

Following his collaboration with Adobe on the development of the Wired iPad app, one of the first magazine apps, Dadich continued to work with Adobe to develop the production process into a commercial add-on to inDesign (later to become DPS), and since 2010 he has been leading the development of Condé Nast’s iPad and iPhone publishing programme as Vice President, Editorial Platforms and Design.

The move makes sense for Wired. Since his departure the magazine has felt rudderless. That’s not a comment on his design successor Brandon Kavulla, more on the situation as a whole. The magazine seemed to find its true self during his time there – issues of this period were must-reads and arguably, even while creative director, Dadich was de facto editor. Particularly on later issues such as the special Mystery edition (May 2009), where Dadich collaborated with guest editor TV/movie writer J.J Abrams, it felt like he had complete control. On arrival at the magazine he filled a vacuum; on leaving he left that vacuum behind him. Now he will fill it again.

We can look forward, then, to a revived Wired. But where does this leave Condé Nast’s tablet/mobilepublishing programme?

Full news story here.

 

November 1, 2012

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The Week x Sandy


Following the flooding of their Manhattan offices during this weeks storm, the latest US edition of The Week has been produced from a local hotel conference room (that’s the team in situ above). Editor-in-chief William Falk explains the circumstances in his editor’s letter: ‘I’m reasonably eager to come to work every Monday morning, but this is the first time I’ve walked up five flights of stairs in the dark and kicked in a door to get to my desk…’ he begins. You can read the whole note here.

Any other stories from Manhattan magazine offices out there?

 

Happy 20th birthday G2

Running neatly on from the previous post about the Newspaper Club’s new mini format, today is also the 20th anniversary of the first edition of The Guardian’s G2 section. Although originally tabloid-sized, since the 2005 redesign of the newspaper G2 has run as an A4 daily magazine, and has had plenty of fun with its front covers – first under launch art director Richard Turley and now Jo Cochrane. See more of her cover designs here, read the newspaper’s selection of the best of G2 here.

Th Guardian have just posted a slideshow of covers here.

 

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‘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 18.06.12

The new Huffington iPad app is surprisingly print-like for a digital brand. Apparently. But if you’re outside the US you’ll not find out…

Stack meets the man behind the rather fine magazine sharing site MagPile.

A newspaper on your coffee cup sleeve? Why not?

The Association of Publishing Agencies drops the word ‘Publishing’ in favour of ‘Marketing’. Say hello to the Content Marketing Association.

Drop your email address in that little box just there on the right and receive the new magCulture Weekly in your inbox every Friday morning.

 

Happy new year

Enough 2011! I hope you all had a good holiday break and a happy start to 2012.

MagCulture enters the year in busy mode. Several new work projects are coming up and there are exciting developments for the blog and associated channels.

Following the end of Colophon, Andrew Losowsky and I have been discussing what happens next and the immediate news is that Andrew will be contributing a regular strand to the blog. Look out for his first 5 Magtastic Things, here shortly.

Our online magazine shop has started well, with orders from every continent meaning some of our favourite magazines being spread far and wide. More exciting publications coming soon. Meanwhile the pop-up shop at the Church of London continues (stocking the same selective range as the website), with plans to build it in to their soon-to-be-redesigned reception area. And Printout! continues in partnership with Stack – next edition taking place this Thursday, January 5. That’s two days time – book now!

Last but not least we’re planning the first magCulture events, starting this March in London with a collaboration with Eye magazine and following up with various events in other countries. News soon.

 

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Exciting news from Berlin. 032c editor-design team Joerg Koch and Mike Meiré are the launch team for the German edition of Interview, coming next year.

Stack interviews Vince from Huck magazine.

SPD’s series of favourite magazines continues; after we co-chairs this week came Dora Somosi and Luis Mendo.

Early story aggregation at Reader’s Digest – check these contents-covers (thanks Alex).

David Hepworth considers the future of publishing as discussed at a recent event.

 

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