First of all, thank you to everyone who tweeted, facebooked and generally spread the word about My Favourite Magazine, our project in support of Bob Newman. A big thank you to Creative Review for blogging about it, and The Huffington Post media section for tweeting about it.
An even bigger thank you to the 80+ people who have contributed from around the world. The line-up ranges from the creative directors of some of the world’s biggest magazines to people behind smaller independent titles. They all tell great personal stories about the magazines that inspire them, stories we can’t wait to share. Who chose Colors? Octavo? RayGun? National Geographic?
The idea that this is a Golden Age for magazines seems counter-intuitive to many. We’re so conditioned to websites, devices and apps being hailed as the only possible future. Yet there is great creative work being done (as I hope this site regularly demonstrates) right under our noses in the traditional medium of print.
This is the third issue of London-based LAW, but the first I’ve seen and I’m already excited to see the first two issues. The limited edition (x500) magazine is edited by John Holt, who describes it as being ‘for those who can appreciate and relate to the stylistic value of real everyday Britain.’
We start the new week with a look ahead by Paul Sethi, founder and creative director of new magazine Special Request. Initially conceived as a food magazine, Special Request will have a different theme each issue. The first theme remains Food, but next up will be Television. For the past four years Paul has also been art editor of Clash Magazine.
At recent Printout evenings it’s been interesting to note the number of magazines appearing from Bristol recently: Cereal and Offlife are two examples. Another Escape is another, an occasional zine that has just morphed into biannual magazine. The result is a smart, focused new magazine about following your inspiration to do what you want to do. Something we can all relate to.
The new-look US Wired, redesigned under editor-in-chief Scott Dadich by new design director Claudia de Almeida, is out this month. De Almeida has adapted Dadich’s earlier design approach (based on the square of the pixel) and applied it in a more spacious, relaxed manner. Her more mainstream experience at T: The New York Times Style Magazine and More is evident in the harder-working labelling of pages. Also of note is the condensed serif face and the smaller logo on the cover. The result is a subtle reinvention of the original US edition which stands it in good stead against the intense creative competition from the UK and Italia editions. Click on images for larger versions.
Two things make a good magazine – presentation and content. Many magazine will be good at one or the other, the best combine the two elements. Perdiz is one such magazine. Its second issue has just landed, promising further proof that ‘Happiness is Contagious’.
Surf mags are usually for the obsessed semi-pro/wannebe-pro surfer. New magazine Acid promises to be different. This is a magazine for the weekend surfer, the type of wetsuited amateur I suspect is looked down on by those wannebe-pros. ‘Hardly Any Turns’ is the line on the cover.
It’s Printout time again, and with independent food (and drink) magazines on the up it seemed appropriate to take a look at some of our favourites.
So on 28 May we welcome Rosa Park from Cereal, Jon Saxon from Doghouse, Fraser Allen from Hot Rum Cow and Paul Sethi from Special Request to share what makes their take on food/drink special. And if that isn’t a rich enough menu, we also have video contributions from Put A Egg On It (USA) and Mood (Belgium).
It’s all being served up at The Book Club, Leonard Street, London EC2 on Tuesday 28 May. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start.
Tickets are available for £5 here.