Simon Esterson has had a huge influence on editorial design, not only through his ground-breaking work on projects such as Blueprint, Domus and The Guardian but also via the many young designers who have started their careers in his studio and gone on to establish their own reputations. Since 2008 he has co-owned and designed Eye magazine, and here we look ahead at his week as issue 87 completes production.
After a very civilized, slow morning QVED kicked off yesterday lunchtime with opening comments from co-founder Boris Kochan. Held at the beautiful fifties-built Alte Kongresshalle, the theatre full following the sell-out of all 650 tickets, the day had a real buzz about it as people from large and small magazines shared experiences.
First speaker was David Moretti, who presented a beautiful set of slides and described his typographic and infographic work for Wired Italia in a very engaging way. The examples of calligraphy and print effects were stunning, a really powerful and individual addition to the Wired series. German designer Dominik Schatz followed with a more downbeat talk without slides, an overview of his freelance career to date. The translation service did an impressive job but couldn’t make up for the lack of images – there were many references to projects I didn’t know but would have liked to have seen.
Canadian Michelle Champagne speeded things up again with some astute analysis of contemporary communications, and the editorial process behind her That New Design Smell magazine. Check out the project’s website for a forceful example of how to encourage reader (user) input.
Panel discussions sometimes work, sometimes don’t, and I awaited the illustration panel slightly anxiously. Luckily the panel moderator Raban Ruddigkeit knows his stuff and the five speakers presented a good range of work and spoke intelligently about it. The discussion afterwards was complicated listening via translation – the six people speakers blurred together when presented by a single voice.
The day ended with a rare talk from Mike Meiré. Focusing on the relationship between art and magazines, and his recent work with Garage magazine, this was a real treat that started with the Mona Lisa, moved via Duchamp’s LHOOQ parody to Warhol’s factory and then Mike’s work with Garage. I’ve been a bit ambivalent about Garage til now, but this was a good example of how hearing from a project’s maker can bring it to life. I’ll be picking up the back issues from the QVED shop.
Meiré ended the day echoing David Moretti’s start: we shouldn’t be afraid of complexity and difficulty. Sometimes magazines shouldn’t be easy.
After the jump, a picture report from the opening day.
Mirko Borsche is one of Germany’s most exciting editorial designers. This week he’s speaking in Luxembourg as a guest of Design Friends then heads home to Munich and take part in QVED2014. Sven Ehmann, creative director at Gestalten books, recently prepared this interview for the Design Friends event.
February 4, 2014
Congratulations to The Gentlewoman, Works That Work and Bloomberg Businessweek, winners of this year’s MagPile Awards. Together, an excellent introduction to modern magazines.
A list of ten food magazines, some newer than others.
Michael Wolff dismisses journalist’s attempts to reinvent news, ‘We don’t need journalists solving the problem of news. We need people with far more cunning and inventive commercial minds.’
The Newspaper Club are exhibiting some of the publications they’ve printed, at their Glasgow office until end of February.
Liked Christoph Niemann’s recent US Wired cover art? Buy the poster here.
Happy birthday to smart architecture magazine Mas Context as they celebrate their fifth anniversary.
Tim Holmes addresses teaching students about launching a magazine, ‘trying to get 6,000 copies of a title in front of committed enthusiasts is a different job to contracting Frontline to get 60,000 into W H Smith and the supermarkets.’
Bob Newman has started writing a regular column for Folio; the first one, about Arizona Highways Magazine, is online now.
By day, Andrew Diprose is the award-winning creative director of the UK edition of Wired – he’s currently BSME art director of the year. But away from the office he co-publishes (with his brother Philip) The Ride Journal, a much-loved cycling magazine that has been as successful with its specialist readership as it has been influential on the independent magazine scene. Here he looks at the week ahead as issue 8 of The Ride Journal hits the shops.
January 27, 2014
Illustrator Quentin Blake will be talking about his work at the South Bank Centre, London, February 4.
Bloomberg Businessweek hold their second Design Conference in San Francisco, March 10. Speakers include Neville Brody, Ben Terrett (gov.uk) and BBW editor Josh Tyrangiel and creative director Richard Turley.
A quick look at the debut issue of Carlos, from Spring 2003.
German blog Freund von Freunden launch Companion, a new magazine for 25h Hotel Bikini Berlin.
Following my look at The Pitchfork Review last week, The Observer reviews a selection of free music titles.
Sadly, Flamingo will no longer be published but they still have copies available online.
At Work With returns next week.
I already mentioned QVED2014 briefly here, but can share fuller details now.
The three-day conference takes place in the stunning Alte Kongresshalle in central Munich, and has an international line-up of speakers ranging from the established to the brand new, plus specialist focuses on illustration and the new breed of erotic magazine. I’ll be presenting an overview of today’s golden age of magazines, and other names to whet your appetiete include:
Harri Peccinotti (art director of the original Nova)
Alex Breuer (The Guardian)
Mirko Borsche (Zeit Magazin)
Veronica Fueerte (Hey)
Will Hudson (It’s Nice That)
Mike Meiré (032c, Garage)
David Moretti (Wired Italia)
Danielle Pender (Riposte)
Pekka Toiveonen (FAT, Kasino)
Patrick Waterhouse (Colors)
Plus many more – full line up here: 2014.qved.de.
Book now – tickets are E220 plus a whole range of discounts including student rate of E55. See you there!
I’m co-curating QVED2014 with Boris Kochan, Horst Moser and Mike Koedinger.
We start this week in Dubai with Conor Purcell, editor/publisher of quarterly travel magazine We Are Here. Each issue of his magazine combines lo-fi photography with long-form writing about a particular place – the recent third issue looks at Kathmandu. He is also editor of Jashanmal Quarterly, a new A3-sized themed magazine published by Dubai-based Jashanmal Bookstore. The latest issue is about independent magazines – look our for more here about that later this week.
Francesco Franchi is an Italian editorial designer who has been applying his theories for a new paradigm of news design to IL Magazine, the monthly magazine of newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. The result has been a multiple award-winning exposition of typographic and infographic invention, a thrilling visual treat that transcends its Italian-only execution. We join him as his first book on the subject of news design is published, itself a tour de force of design featuring many of the leading figures of contemporary editorial design.