April 23, 2014
Richard Turley announces his departure from Bloomberg Businessweek for MTV, following Arem Duplessis (NYT–Apple) as the latest in a stream of high-profile moves out of magazine publishing. A sign of strength or weakness of this industry?
Crust is a new food mag from Singapore, currently in development.
Charles Williams‘ type illustrations have appeared on/in a good few magazines.
Library Journal notes that ‘magazines are recovering,’ with an eclectic list of examples…
…and in India Kyoorius publish their own selection of best mags.
David Hepworth makes a good point about the thrill of delivery, but the quality of content being delivered remains important too. Even as we’re overwelmed by so much stuff, the really great stuff can still change your life.
Issue three of Hole & Corner is taking shape, and you can see the process happen over the next few weeks at 213 Piccadilly, London.
April 18, 2014
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.
April 15, 2014
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.’
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.
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.
Illustrators! The next Quickdraw take place in London, April 24.
MagPile has a useful list of current magazine Kickstarter campaigns.
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.
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.
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.’
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.
Speculation on the editor’s office hierarchy for the new Condé Nast NY building.
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.
March 21, 2014
I love these front cover designs for La Tempestad.
The Washington Post launches intriguing new digital strategy.
Calibre is a new mag for affluent over-50s men. Sounds promising, looks less so.
Complete notes from QVED2014 are now on their site; my reports here soon.
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.