Overmatter 18.04.14


Behind the scenes at Wyndeham’s printers; ‘At one point we had 350 people in this plant. Now we have 114. But the amount of work has more than doubled.

‘Content loves print.’ Dominic Mills looks at two very different customer magazines –Net a Porter’s Porter and Sports Direct’s Forever Sports.

Amsterdam AMFI fashion course shares the six entries for its annual create-a-magazine competition.

New crowdsource site GoodFruit is raising money for US magazine Hearth.

I’m speaking in New York next month. The Blurb Indie Magazine conference features speakers from Pin-Up, Cherry Bombe, Gopher Illustrated, Lucky Peach, Refueled and Sweet Paul. 6 May, details here.

Meanwhile tickets are going fast for Printout Bristol on 8 May, featuring Another Escape, Boneshaker,  Cereal and OffLife. Get in quick! And the next London date is set for May 27. News soon.

And and and… I’m be presenting a one-off show for the digital radio station at this year’s Pick Me Up show at Somerset in London. More soon.

 

Overmatter: 15.04.14


The Guardian editor Alan Rushbridger celebrates the culture of his organisation as it wins Pulitzer prize; ‘newspapers made a fatal mistake… and jettisoned the stuff that seemed difficult and expensive.

PPA reconfigures its annual conference under the banner ‘Re_Invented 2014//’. Note the underscore and slashes. Perhaps most remarkably, the line-up reveals Jamie Callum is publishing his own magazine, The Eighty Eight, and it looks, gulp, quite intriguing.

Inside PopBitch and its iPad app plans; ‘Be nice, and if you can’t be nice, be funny.

Ideas on Paper is a fine-looking new magazine store in Nottingham; Stack interviews owner Alex Smith.

Kickstarter alert: The Holborn Magazine is another digital spin-off, promising the ‘best in design, apparel and craft.’ Support them!

Out soon: the new-look Boat magazine, issue seven Lima, Peru.

 

Overmatter: 10.04.14


The Guardian review ten independent travel magazines, the NYTimes ten independent fashion magazines.

Fomo is an algorithmic journalism machine producing a magazine from events at Milan design week.

Longtime Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter added to editors hall of fame.

David Hepworth’s eight iron laws of modern media.

Illustrators! The next Quickdraw take place in London, April 24.

MagPile has a useful list of current magazine Kickstarter campaigns.

 

Overmatter: 08.04.14


The new issue of Adbusters has a hole in it; Atheneaum have the pix.

List alert! And what a list… 101 music front covers, from 1937–2014, courtesy of Bob Newman. Follow-up already under way.

Mary Berner, CEO and president of MPA, explains why ‘magazines aren’t screwed,’ (though story URL implies otherwise).

The Association of Illustrators presents The Illustrators Guide to Business, a two-day course alongside this years Pick Me Up at Somerset House (attendees get 20% off tickets to PMU).

Nuts squeezed out – it wasn’t just the boobs, apparently.

Digital… print… the substrate is irrelevant. It’s all about reading,’ – Bo Sacks at Digital Innovators’ Summit in Berlin.

 

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.

 

Overmatter 27.03.14


Another digital project is moving into print; help Kickstart Tusk Journal into reality.

I believe in mavericks’ – ex-editor Gill Hudson on what’s gone wrong with magazine publishing.

Why US newspapers might be able to feel ‘cautiously cheerful.

The algorithmic workings behind your Flipboard magazine (read ours).

There can never be enough lists of magazines.

SPD Awards merit winners announced; includes a few indies plus our very own My Favo(u)rite Magazine.

 

Overmatter 25.03.14


Speculation on the editor’s office hierarchy for the new Condé Nast NY building.

‘Things we learned at the Digiday Publishing Summit’ – see no5.

The British Library’s newspaper archive will be open for a one day storytelling workshop, March 31st (thanks Matt).

‘Ideas are the lifeblood of what we do’ – review of recent LCC editors panel event.

SPD note 16 years of their Magazine of the Year award with a graphic that emphasises how several mags have dominated.

It’s not a war but actually dance’ – Andrew Losowsky, interviewed.

 

Overmatter 21.03.14


I love these front cover designs for La Tempestad.

When did magazine covers become so contentious?

The Washington Post launches intriguing new digital strategy.

Calibre is a new mag for affluent over-50s men. Sounds promising, looks less so.

Don’t forget this Monday (24th) in London it’s the next Printout, and this time next week it’s Facing Pages (Arnhem).

Complete notes from QVED2014 are now on their site; my reports here soon.

 

Overmatter 18.03.14


This week The Guardian’s G2 daily mag has been taken over by trainee journalists, promising insight into Generation Y.

NYTimes execs discuss their newspaper’s digital innovation over breakfast.

The word ‘publishing’, revived: ‘Basically, publishing now means print and digital.

Michael Wolff on the career of super-editor (Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Talk, Newsweek…) Tina Brown.

SPD shortlists announced, with plenty of worthy but familiar names. Feels like our attempts at stirring things up a couple of years back have been sidelined. But congratulations to all, particularly Cat People and Wired Italia.

Mr Magazine notes how digital publishers are turning to print (Samir has a new free newsletter, sign up via the homepage).

‘The era of Facebook is an anomaly. The idea of everybody going to one site is just weird,’ danah boyd at SXSW.

Exact Editions are testing free access to mag apps at tomorrow’s Changing Media Summit. Interesting idea.

David Hepworth notes the changing first names of the publishing business.

 

Overmatter 14.03.14


Interview with Libertine editor Debbie Evans as issue four lands, ‘Early feedback has been that readers want more digital content, and more from the network and community, particularly around events.’

Another magazine using Kickstarter; Print Isn’t Dead is an awful title with the right idea.

Katie at Confessions of a Design Geek interviews Steve about Stack; meanwhile Steve interviews Penny Martin in a companion piece to this week’s At Work With.

US Marie Claire launches Branché, a pop up magazine for young, hip New York women, complete with acute accent.

‘What you think you know about about (how we read) the web is wrong.’

The Vogue Festival takes place at London’s South Bank Centre, March 28/29.

Pog Mo Goal is another new football magazine, this time from Ireland.

Washington magazine store closes.

Laurence King, publishers of The Modern Magazine, have started a Pinterest board of magazine covers.

CR Blog looks inside the latest Little Whites Lies; back to its’s visual best.

 

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