Overmatter 04 09 13

The next Printout takes a place next week – Wednesday 11 September. Details here.

Andy Cowles shares his contribution to My Favo(u)rite Magazine; UK designer Ben Serbutt offers his favo(u)rite in response to receiving his copy.

Wired experiments with a Snowfall-style online version of current print feature Station to Station.

Wallpaper* have a smart new website: smoother, faster, better.

David Hieatt shares his ten magazine theories; ‘If you subscribe to a magazine, you have to find one article each time that you want to scrapbook. If you go 3 editions without finding an article worth Scrapbooking, you should un-subscribe.’

Daft magazine storage concept – the chairack.

UK Esquire launches a weekly app to fill the spaces between the monthly print edition.

The Internet Archive has a great online resource for old magazines.

New magazine Digest deserves a closer look. More soon.


Overmatter 30.07.13

This year’s MagFest in Edinburgh is confirmed for September 11, with star speaker Mike Soutar.

Also in Edinburgh, an exhibition of Condé Nast archive photography at the City Art Centre, June 15 – September 8.

Not strictly magazine-orientated but a must-see for anyone interested in pop culture: Ian Dury at the RCA, London, until September 1. UPDATE: CR reveals the mag link.

Just in time for the new season – The White Line is another new football mag.

David Hepworth as on the money as ever, this time re magazine apps.

The Onion pinpointed the death of print as having taken place last Thursday. Read their obituary.


Overmatter 04.06.13

Letter to Jane’s Tim Moore interviewed by Industry Faces, ‘We’re going to see new ideas in print and cross cultures coming together.

Port interviews Sara Cwynar about her different roles as an artist and as art director at the New York Times Magazine.

Five things to consider when creating a magazine app.’ A reminder there are many similarities between print and digital.

The Beano has a new set of brand guidelines, designed by Wayne Hemingway.


Overmatter 28.05.13

Magazines are more popular than ever amongst US college students.

The Guardian does snowfall – a great piece of experimental web editorial featuring text, moving image, audio and infographics.

A look back at when Time Inc. was the Google of its era, and how the party ground to a halt.

‘A Golden Age of Print’ is a favourite phrase of mine, repeated here in an excellent piece by Peter Houston about contemporary indies, but properly attributed to Andrew Losowsky’s introduction to the book ‘Turning Pages’.

Guardian readers recommend their favourite songs about magazines.

Take a flick through the new issue of Eye, featuring my Reputations interview with Vanity Fair design director Chris Dixon.


Overmatter 23.05.13

Stool Pigeon founder Phil Hebblethwaite has wise counsel for anyone thinking of launching a magazine, ‘Treasure your independence…

Plastik interviews Andrew about his recent book-about-books ‘Fully Booked’.

Vice have an exhibition of work by their favourite illustrators in London until June 2.

Boat magazine’s latest issue visits Kyoto. Read an interview with editor Erin Spens.

Music site Pitchfork opts for quality over quantity, trials further editorial experiments like this for Daft Punk.


Out now: Flipboard 2.0

What Flipboard does next. Get Flipping…


Overmatter 30.01.13

Andy Cowles looks at the highs and lows of using a hashtag on your front cover.

Mario Garcia gets Flipboarding.

The PPA is 100 years old this year and will be celebrating by with a Front Cover of the Century vote. That’s a single cover from a hundred years of covers. Gulp.

Which types of magazine are publishing apps and for which platforms? According to Thea Selby, iPad business titles lead the way.

Julia have posted a portfolio of their work for Elephant magazine. Worth it for this New York spread alone.


Creative Review February 2013

My latest Creative Review column looks at the new generation of magazine apps coming to the iPhone, apps sharing simple navigation and finite content. The column is only available online to subscribers, but projects mentioned include Marco Arment’s The Magazine and The Awl & V as in Victor (both by 29th Street Publishing). All recommended.

You can read interviews with 29th Street’s creative director Tim Moore (who also makes the Letter to Jane magazine app) on the SPD blog and Verge. Craig Mod’s thoughts on Sub-compact Publishing, referred to in my column, can be read here.


Overmatter 21.01.13

Anikibo is a new peer-to-peer online magazine store. Think Etsy for mags.

Weekly advertising news mag Campaign cuts cost by dropping large format.

American Society of Magazine Editors squabbling over awards category changes.

Digital world turns against skeuomorphism. Hurrah!


Overmatter 18.01.13

SPD celebrate the imminent arrival of a US edition of Anorak.

Fashion mag does fashion story based on natural disaster. Zzzzz.

An archive of French Vogue covers, via the kings of the archive front cover, Newmanology.

Following initial scorn, Rolling Stone succumbs to the iPad app.

How to solve the problem of magazine subscriptions – compete at service with Amazon and John Lewis, not other publishers.