Overmatter 04.03.14

The Financial Times grows via digital subscriptions.

Brands who advertise in magazines have the advantage.’ Who’d have thought?

Monocle is seven. Time for a movie!

There is nothing in the digital domain that can compare to the real thing.’ Cue new print mag from travel website Sidetracked.com.

Intriguing online, collective content creation for That New Design Smell (via QVED).

Also discovered at QVED: illustration magazine Spring.

Richard Turley to talk Bloomberg Businessweek, Berlin, March 19 and Amsterdam, March 20.

Kickstarter news: support oral history magazine In The Air, to be designed by the people behind the fine-looking Shelf Journal.

 

Overmatter 25.02.14


A must-see exhibition at 032c’s space in Berlin – a collection of Lilliput magazine.

Behind the scenes of The Financial Times’ decision to go native with their apps.

Graydon Carter drops a Vanity Fair Gwyneth Paltrow story – PR pressure?

Condé Nast readying for office move from Times Square to WTC.

What’s working in magazine app advertising? Less is more, it seems.

In yesterday’s At Work With Steve Watson post he mentioned Outpost. Support their fundraising for their second year.

And/or support new German title Winter, from Manzine hero Kevin Braddock and magCulture collaborator Kati Krause.

The Independent on independent magazines – ‘Looks good on paper.’

The AOI 2014 Illustration Awards are go – closing date 16 March.

 

Overmatter: 18.02.14

List alert! Oitzarisme notes a very tasteful ‘Fifty magazines to buy before you die’

…and Coverjunkie selects the covers he hopes to see at the upcoming D&AD judging.

The British edition of Reader’s Digest is bought for less than a single issue of the mag by 71 year-old TV entrepeneur.

Bob Newman’s latest column for Folio takes a critical look at US launch Dr Oz Good Life, The logo is baffling to me, and is definitely the biggest problem on the cover.

Aussie design magazine Open Manifesto looks interesting in this piece by Kyoorius.

Issue one of Intern is now available for the iPad.

As British ABC starts to include digital sales in circulation figures, print still dominates digital. The exception? Tech mags.

New launch Alphabet promises a new take on family life. Support them on Kickstarter. Meanwhile Quarterly have bettered their Kickstarter target but are still taking pledges.

And don’t forget next week sees QVED2014 take place in Munich, featuring Alex Breuer (The Guardian), David Moretti (Italian Wired), Mike Meiré (032c et al) and many more. I’ll be speaking too. See you there?

 

Overmatter: 11.02.13

This year’s Design Museum ‘Designs of the Year’ longlist includes several magazines – congratulations The Gourmand, A Magazine and Works That Work. Plus a special mention to Chris Ware’s ‘Building Stories’ DIY book.

NSA scourge Glenn Greenwald’s new online publishing project The Intercept launches, Gigaom gets confused about whether it’s a magazine or not.

Adam Curtis interviewed; ‘We don’t read newspapers because the journalism’s boring.’

Seen the branded delivery vans driving round town? Net-a-Porter have just made ‘the biggest launch of a British fashion magazine for years’.

Kate Moss’s first photography shoot (behind the camera) for British Vogue.

The New York Times now has 760,000 paying digital customers, the resulting income offsetting print drop.

Nascapas presents a selection of recent inflight magazine covers – TAP Portugal’s Up is always worth a look.

Super Salon is a Polish online magazine shop.

 

Overmatter 05.02.14


Occasional commenter-of-this-parish Lee Caulfield has a fine-looking second printed volume of blog highlights available now.

Every page of every issue of International Times, now available online (thanks Adrian).

Time Inc re-organises, lays off staff as it readies to go public.

A little tangential, but a fascinating piece from Rick Poynor, a) because of the artist subject and b) the questions he asks about the definitive version of an artwork.

The beauty vs friction design argument applied to web design; ‘what if I don’t want my reading experience to be this beautiful?’ asks Oliver Burkeman.

Later this year, Dave McKean is curating a major show of comics from the British Museum archive (May).

Follow the upcoming QVED2014 event on twitter: @qved

 

Overmatter 04.02.14


Congratulations to The Gentlewoman, Works That Work and Bloomberg Businessweek, winners of this year’s MagPile Awards. Together, an excellent introduction to modern magazines.

Riposte art director Shaz Madani interviewed by Form Fifty Five (and hear her talk later this month alongside editor Danielle Pender at QVED2014).

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.

California Sunday looks an interesting project, a new magazine from the people behind Pop Up Magazine.

 

Overmatter 31.01.14


The perfect Valentine’s Day celebration if in NY: Wyatt Mitchell, creative director of The New Yorker, talks for SPD about the magazine’s design changes.

The Guardian appears to have secured its future after selling parts of its media group.

Blue as a gender-neutral colour? Hearst US launch Dr Oz Good Life, aiming at men and women.

Facebook reveal their new Flipboard-style iPhone app Paper.

Winners of the MagPile Awards will be announced Monday; meanwhile the (pretty strong IMO) shortlists have attracted criticism via twitter over selection procedures and category descriptions, reminding me why I’ve always resisted running an awards competition. Read Dan from MagPile’s response and consider, is love enough?

 

Overmatter 29.01.14


‘Oops’ doesn’t quite cover it… Bath News forced to apologise after celebrating local half marathon with a copy of Boston’s bombing memorial cover.

BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour hosts women’s mag editors Lisa Smosarski (Stylist), Tricia Halpin (Marie Claire) and Lebby Eyres (New) in discussion about Lena Dunham and retouching (see pix here).

Matador magazine reaches the letter O.

Australian digital publication The Saturday Paper launches.

The latest Athenaeum interviewBoneshaker editor Mike White.

And don’t forget – magazine events coming up soon: I’m co-curating QVED2014 (Munich, February 28–March 02), and helping Steve Watson with his Guardian Masterclass on indie mag publishing. And later in the spring there’s Facing Pages (Arnhem March 28–29).

 

Overmatter 26.01.14


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.

 

Overmatter: 21.01.14


Athenaeum blog interviews Danielle Pender, founder of Riposte, ‘We want the focus to be on what the women have to say, what they’ve achieved and who they are, rather than what they look like.’

032c no25 has a  surprise inside – a DIY piece by Cyprien Gaillard using images from National Geographic to celebrate that magazine’s 125th anniversary.

The Independent and sister title i are for sale.

Creative Bloq rounds up some fine zines.

A brief look behind the scenes at Tate Etc as it turns ten.

‘Most profitable magazine in the UK’ Radio Times focuses print profits on digital.

Time for one last ‘best of 2013’ list: Bob Newman selects his favo(u)rite covers with a typically broad selection.

 

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