At Work With Florian Bachleda, Fast Company

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We start the new week with Florian Bachleda, Creative Director of Fast Company Media. Florian is one of the leading figures in US editorial design, having worked for titles including Vibe, Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly and Latina. He has been president of the Society of Publication Designers (SPD) and was on its board for five years. We look ahead at his week as he and his team complete design evolutions for the June issue of the magazine.

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Magazine of the week: Toilet Paper

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Following on from the previous post about kids mags, here’s a magazine for grown-up kids. And the two posts back-to-back explain one of the many great things about magazines: they are so varied. Toilet Paper is published from Italy by art provocateur Maurizio Cattelan and photographer Pierpaulo Ferrari, and consists of a series of heavily edited full-bleed images that subvert the history of consumer culture via contemporary ad retouching techniques. Sex, money, food and advertising, all gone weird in garish colour. Wonderful but disturbing!

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Printout heads West

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To mark its new status as a hotbed of independent publishing, Printout is venturing beyond London EC2 to visit Bristol BS1 next Month. Join me and Steve Watson as we introduce Rosa from Cereal, Daniel from Off Life, Rachel from Another Escape and Mike from Boneshaker, find out about their magazines and ask – why Bristol?

Thursday 8 May, tickets here.

In association with Bristol Independent Publishers and Bristol Festival of Ideas.

 

Out now: AdWeek, red-on-red

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This week US ad industry magazine AdWeek carries a powerful red-on-red cover shot of Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles by Marc Baptiste. More here.

 

Out now: Fantastic Man #19

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The nineteenth issue of Fantastic Man is here, sporting Mr. Boris Becker shot by Juergen Teller in front of a statue of Fred Perry at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Note the ancient-looking wooden racket.

Bird spotting


Last week I was changing planes in Munich, writes Andrew Losowsky, and spotted this cover of Business Punk, a relatively edgy business/lifestyle magazine – check that headline – made by the same company as Beef!

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Magazine of the Week: Eye #87, food special


Eye magazine will be familiar to most magCulture readers, but this new issue is a great reminder of the team’s commitment to magazines. Not only is it a great example of high-quality print itself, with different papers and beautiful reproduction, it also features this overview of the ever-growing selection of indie food magazines including magCulture faves Put A Egg On It, The Gourmand and the late Fire & Knives.

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What’s up with The Economist front covers?


Earlier this week a series of tweets criticised the latest front cover of The Economist (above). Erik Spiekermann, who redesigned the magazine in 2001, joined the exchange with links to his cover proposals from that time. Here, Andrew Losowsky takes a closer look at the covers.

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Out now: Port #13


Men’s mag Port goes pop this week with this colourful new cover featuring Sam Rockwell shot by Andreas Lazlo Konrath, styled by Bruce Pask and art directed and designed by Matt Willey. The headline, hand-painted by Bread Collective, is a complete departure from previous covers, as is the gradient colour (click image for larger version).

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Printout – The Power of Print, March 24


After the success of the recent fashion special, the next Printout evening takes a turn in a different direction with a look at magazines seeking to change our view of the world. Featuring London’s slow journalism pioneers Delayed Gratification, Beirut’s The Outpost (video) and Belgium’s agitprop pamphleteers Postr (live). 6.30, March 24 at The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard St, London EC2A 4RH

Tickets available via Eventbrite.

 

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