This is the 24th edition of London street art mag VNA, but as far as I recall its the first mention here on the blog. Shame! A pocket-sized collection of found work and interviews with artists, what it lacks in design structure is more than compensated for by the imagery (design-wise it really needs a clean, simple approach to let the art be king). Nevermind, this front cover is a really strong image, a favourite of recent times. and as a collector of road sign images the defaced signs (below) were a natural pick.
Some Magazine takes a broad theme each issue and uses it to examine design and creativity. Thus it avoids the normal design press focus on latest projects and studio profiles and presents a more open discussion of subjects. This issue, Identity, has content in German and English and as well as a beautifully crafted set of fake packaging designs for obscure products and a questionnaire with Rob Lowe aka Supermundane (he did the cover design) uses a series of archived teenage diaries to present a pre-social network version of young identity.
Dodo first came to attention as a one-off publication hidden at the end of a treasure hunt. I never quite got my head round that, but I guess it was a publicity drive for the actual magazine. Billed as ‘Your own private haunted house’ this is a kids magazine packed with an extraordinary mix of things, from comic strips to weird recipes (published for Halloween it features another brain cake, the last for today, I promise!) via longer written stories about failing themeparks and deadly mushrooms. Aimed at a post-Anorak age group, I’m not sure how well-focused it is but it’s a visual treat, one of those magazines with something new to find every visit. The issue is split in half with a flipped cover (side A and Side B, nicely old school) and a pull-out poster of a dodo.
The New Yorker by Adrian Tomine and Anorak by Adam Higton.
The Gentlewoman’s Penny Martin will be discussing her favourite books at YCN, London, November 20.
In the South West this weekend? Publish and Be Damned hits Plymouth, UK, this Sunday, November 3.
Back to the future at the top of Time Inc.
Hearst Marketing and Publishing Director Michael Clinton declares ‘print is thriving.’
Interview with Philip Diprose, editor of The Ride Journal.
British GQ celebrates 25 years with a doorstop of an issue; editor Dylan Jones selects his favourite 25 covers.
Russell Brand edits an issue of the New Statesman.
An archive of George Giusti’s front covers for Holiday – beautiful.
Further adventures in the world of drinking! Magazines and alcohol are a heady mix, never more so than with Edinburgh’s Hot Rum Cow. Issue four is out next week, featuring this handwritten typographic cover by Adrian Morris. The red is flourescent – nice! – and the lead drink this issue is a seasonal look at sherry.
October 8, 2013
A great New Yorker piece by Ken Auletta about The Guardian’s financial problems and quest for international status via NSA revelations.
In London? See the AOI Illustration Awards Show at Somerset House until October 27.
Monocle’s Tyler Brulé talks to Bloomberg TV about making print profitable.
Mr Magazine records the year’s 591 (US) magazine launches, notes rise of b**kazines (like the concept, hate that name).
Publisher confirms posthumous publication of Michael Hastings book about life as a magazine intern.
New magazine: ThisIsPaper builds on its web presence with a new print mag.
As ever the magazines keep coming and I’m running behind, the pile on the desk growing, even spilling onto the floor here at magCulture. So here’s a quick flick through some recent arrivals, starting with the third issue of Edinburgh’s Hot Rum Cow.
No chance to post much this week as I’ve been in India judging the first Kyoorius Awards. Set up with the support of D&AD, the awards are the latest addition to local paper company Tranasia’s campaign to celebrate and develop Indian graphic design. Kyoorius already produce the annual Designyatra conference in Goa and a quarterly magazine.