At Work With: John Summerton, Sidetracked

Following the Easter holiday we look ahead at the four-day week through the eyes of John Summerton, web designer, outdoor enthusiast and founder of adventure travel magazine Sidetracked. Launched in 2011, Sidetracked is a site that captures the experience of adventure travel through personal stories. Following the recent launch of their first print edition, we join John as he starts work on an iPad version.

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At Work With Florian Bachleda, Fast Company

We start the new week with Florian Bachleda, Creative Director of Fast Company Media. Florian is one of the leading figures in US editorial design, having worked for titles including Vibe, Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly and Latina. He has been president of the Society of Publication Designers (SPD) and was on its board for five years. We look ahead at his week as he and his team complete design evolutions for the June issue of the magazine.

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At Work With: Colin Caradec and Morgane Rébulard, The Shelf Journal

Colin Caradec and Morgane Rébulard run The Shelf Company, a Paris-based graphic and typographic design studio and publishing house. They publish The Shelf Journal, a beautifully produced magazine dedicated to publishing design, books and what they call ‘the cult of the shelf’. With the third issue of the The Shelf Journal now available, we look ahead at their week and get an insight into French magazine culture.

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Overmatter: 01.04.14

I love a magazine that challenges what a magazine is; Steve reviews new launch Emperor on the Stack blog.

Although well-executed, it doesn’t live up to the hype of being a game changer’ – The Saturday Paper launches.

‘What comes first, the brand or the content?’ asks Andy Cowles.

Keep up to date with The New Yorker covers.

Making or letting people pay; a reflection on micropayments for content.

Mother Jones looks behind the new publisher of Newsweek.

US magazine launch numbers ‘surprise’.

The Cleaver promises a new take on Chinese food, Kickstarting from Friday 4 April.

Editorial designer James Hunter has launched Startamag, a blog providing help for new magazines.


D&AD Award winners

Watching and discuss design at @dandad. #d_and_ad with Mike Meire, Suzanne Sykes (Elle UK), Vanessa Wyse (the Grid), Alex Breuer (Guardian) & Violetta Boxhill

Congratulations to the magazine and newspaper winners at this year’s D&AD Awards – a good mix. Judges, above from left: Suzanne Sykes, Violetta Boxill, Mike Meiré, Vanessa Wise, Alex Breuer and, behind the camera, Jaap Biemanns.

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At Work With: Rob Orchard, Delayed Gratification

Delayed Gratification provides a quarterly antidote to ‘PR-driven stories, knee-jerk reactions and churnalism,’ each issue revisiting the news events of the last three months and using that time delay to provide a more reflective view on the stories than minute-by-minute news feeds. As issue 13 arrives, co-founder and editorial director Rob Orchard looks at his week ahead.

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Out now: Port #13

Men’s mag Port goes pop this week with this colourful new cover featuring Sam Rockwell shot by Andreas Lazlo Konrath, styled by Bruce Pask and art directed and designed by Matt Willey. The headline, hand-painted by Bread Collective, is a complete departure from previous covers, as is the gradient colour (click image for larger version).

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At Work With: William van Giessen, Facing Pages

Next week the third edition of Facing Pages takes place in Arnhem, Netherlands. Organised by Joost van der Steen and William van Giessen of local design studio OK Parking, the two-day biennale celebrating independent publishing gathers together magazine makers from around the world. As well as a strong programme of speakers, an exhibition will display submitted magazines for visitors to read and touch. With preparations being completed for this year’s event (March 28/29), we look ahead at the week with William. 

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Out now: Brand Eins

The March issue of German business title Brand Eins has this powerful cover, a visual companion piece to the recent Art Review covers featured here. The headline reads, ‘I want to know everything about you. Why?’ Brand Eins covers are consistently good, and deserve more recognition.

Design/art direction Mike Meiré and Tim Giesen.


March 11, 2014

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Out now: Printed Pages #5

Printed Pages, from It’s Nice That, just gets better and better. Launched last year after a period of reflection post–It’s Nice That magazine, it offers a unique voice about contemporary creative work that embellishes their online presence rather than competes with it. The new issue has more pages (130), is perfect bound, and – especially for us magaholics – reveals a new project from Bloomberg Businessweek creative director Richard Turley.

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