Two things make a good magazine – presentation and content. Many magazine will be good at one or the other, the best combine the two elements. Perdiz is one such magazine. Its second issue has just landed, promising further proof that ‘Happiness is Contagious’.
Barely a week goes by without another blog publishing a print edition, but not all are as successful as this example from the Austin-based Under Consideration network of blogs. U.C.Quarterly reproduces material from Speak Up, Brand New, Quipsologies, The Design Encyclopedia, Word It, and FPO in 48-page summary form.
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.
If you listened to last week’s edition of The Stack on Monocle24 you’ll have heard me mention two very different football magazines: the big, glossy Howler from the US and the smaller newsprint Field Matchday from the UK. Same basic subject, two very different approaches.
One of the things I enjoy about listening to The Stack is hearing guests describe and discuss magazines without the distraction of seeing the actual thing, but when it comes down to it you need to see them, so here they are. The following images alternate between the two magazines; it should be obvious which is which!
I’m back after an Easter break to a pile of magazines in the mail, topped by the latest mono.kultur. Regular readers will already know how much I appreciate the magazine for its playful physical format and single interview per issue approach, but this is a particularly enjoyable issue as its subject is Sonic Youth founder Kim Gordon.
After a long build-up, Monocle finally open their first London Café on April 15. Their latest issue includes plenty of detail about the space – the design and suppliers – but what wins it a mention here is that they’ll be espressoing with my favourite Allpress coffee. The new café is just down the road from their HQ, at 18 Chiltern St W1U 7QA, and even has a basement subscriber-only space.