Overmatter 27.03.14

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.

The algorithmic workings behind your Flipboard magazine (read ours).

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.


At Work With: Sofia Niazi & Rose Nordin, OOMK

The first issue of OOMK (One of My Kind) was published in early 2013. Published from London by three (now two) young designers trying to find their way in the creative industry, each issue uses a theme to pull together a mix of political observation and creative showcase. We look at the week ahead for editor/curator Sofia and designer/curator Rose as their second issue themed ‘Print’ is published.

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Overmatter 02.07.13

Great idea: disused newsstands in New York and LA have been taken over to sell zines this summer. Until July 20 (thanks Ralph).

The best interviews from ‘Magazine for Architectural Entertainment’ Pin-Up are collected in a new book (thanks Andrew).

‘Readers take control in the new age of print.’ warns The Guardian.

Rob Longworth, one of the creative directors at Human After All, interviewed by Industry Faces about their ‘Curious Iconic Craft’ book.

Newspaper of the month at the Newspaper Club is Tomorrow’s Chip Paper, another new food publication.

The Observer looks back at 90s Riot Grrrl zines.


Overmatter 24.04.13

Bauer closes More: writer recalls the sex positions of the week, designer shares illustrations.

Another golden age of magazines discovered – welcome to the ninteties.

Today’s best according to this year’s PPA Awards shortlist.

Richard Turley from Bloomberg Businessweek and Debbi Evans from Libertine talks magazines on last week’s The Stack.

This coming weekend It’s Nice That have a zine workshop at Tate Modern.

Question: who owns the digital technology decisions in publishing companies?

New magazine: Hole & Corner celebrates craft, from May this year.


Magtastic 5: April 2013

Andrew Losowsky in New York returns from the corner kiosk with some recent US magazines. ‘An overdue update from these shores, so it seems appropriate that I open with Apology.’

So what are you thinking of when I say “A new magazine from the former Editor-in-Chief of Vice”?

It’s probably not Apology magazine, an elegant, pretty much gonzo-free publication that’s indulgent in all the right ways. In his editor’s note (perversely placed at the end of the magazine), Jesse Person says that the magazine is named “as a reference to the classical idea of apologetics (pl.n. reasoned arguments defending a theory or doctrine).” He also describes it as “my apologia against what I see as the problematic state of magazines today, both big and small.”

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Overmatter 08.03.13

Steve from Stack talks to the founder of Publish or be Damned (video).

No Tyler on Monocle24’s The Stack tomorrow, but you will hear Ted Moncreiff from Bloomberg Pursuits and Scott Bentley, the man behind Caffeine magazine. Plus more on ‘Publish and Be Damned’ and a report on an e-reader experiment in Japan.

Sassy founder Jane Pratt still likes the smell of print but doesn’t think it has much of a future.

Mr Magazine disagrees.

SPD have announced their shortlists for this years awards, to be announced in May. After our attempts to broaden their scope last year, all rather US-centric again but some excpetions including Think Quarterly and… well at a quick glance that’s about it.

In the absence of aour weekly newsletter (stymied by WordPress hack), here’s Andrew’s link of the week: In the 1920s, the New Yorker had an art deco rival: The Brooklynite.


Out now: Head Full of Snakes #2

I ride a Vespa, which could hardly be more different to the bikes featured in Australian motorcycle fanzine Head Full of Snakes. But I understand the obsession for bikes, and love the way this zine transfers that obsession to print.

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Overmatter 18.02.13

My Printout partner Steve Watson will be talking to Kit Hammond (Publish and Be Damned) at the ICA London, March 1.

As Time Warner considers selling off its magazines, this must-read piece by Michael Wolff pins the failure on management, and could be written about almost any of the large publishers.

Talking of which, here’s what the major UK publishers each said about last week’s ABC circulation figures.

The Verge website may be considering a printed magazine.

I’m off to Munich this weekend to talk at QVED – come say hi if you’re there.

Give magazines, not cards.


Overmatter 24.01.12

This years final SPD Awards deadline is tomorrow, Friday 25th. Their site also has more info on new mag Kindling.

Next Thursday sees the Manchester Zine Fair at the Manchester Art Gallery. The Modernist will be there.

MD of The Economist argues publishers should think like agencies.

Vroooom! The second issue Headful of Snakes launches this weekend. We hope to have copies in our shop soon.

As print and digital cosie up closer and closer, what’s next for interactive design?


Overmatter 05.06.12

In the US younger magazine readers appear to be defying expectations.

Wallpaper* are at it again, with a set of 27 covers for subscribers to select from with their August issue.

The Newspaper Club and Glasgow School of Art collaborate on a design brief.

IPC Editorial Director Andy Cowles has quietly launched his own blog, Coverthink. Expect real insight into the hardcore world of mainstream cover strategy.

Eye spot a lovely series of zines from Australia.

A new magazine for London – unseen as yet, but here’s the story.