I was one of the guests on last Saturday’s edition of ‘The Stack’, Monocle24’s excellent weekly hour of magazine coverage. Monocle supremo Tyler Brulé hosts the show and his passion for and knowledge of magazines shines through the whole thing – he has an admirable command of both the creative and business sides of publishing. Each edition feaures a mix of pre-recorded interviews with magazine makers, industry figures, shop owners, events organisers, plus an in-studio discussion.
Alongside me this week was Tim Heyward from Fire&Knives, who’s always good value (and who, by the way, is about to co-publish a new magazine called Gin & It, about drink, more of which soon). We were both asked to bring in a selection of magazines to discuss, and as always happens there wasn’t time to run through them all. So here’s a quick run through my selection.
Scott Dadich, who made his name as creative director on Wired between 2006 and 2010, is to return to the magazine as Editor-in-chief.
Following his collaboration with Adobe on the development of the Wired iPad app, one of the first magazine apps, Dadich continued to work with Adobe to develop the production process into a commercial add-on to inDesign (later to become DPS), and since 2010 he has been leading the development of Condé Nast’s iPad and iPhone publishing programme as Vice President, Editorial Platforms and Design.
The move makes sense for Wired. Since his departure the magazine has felt rudderless. That’s not a comment on his design successor Brandon Kavulla, more on the situation as a whole. The magazine seemed to find its true self during his time there – issues of this period were must-reads and arguably, even while creative director, Dadich was de facto editor. Particularly on later issues such as the special Mystery edition (May 2009), where Dadich collaborated with guest editor TV/movie writer J.J Abrams, it felt like he had complete control. On arrival at the magazine he filled a vacuum; on leaving he left that vacuum behind him. Now he will fill it again.
We can look forward, then, to a revived Wired. But where does this leave Condé Nast’s tablet/mobilepublishing programme?
Take a peek inside 032c art director Mike Meiré’s Cologne apartment, courtesy of New York Times T Magazine (thanks Richard).
Yesterday’s Shortlist had a ‘playable’ videogame on the front cover.
Print isn’t dead, but print as we know it is dead, according to Condé Nast CEO.
Colors launches a Brazilian edition.
The Guardian iPad app now includes The Observer every Sunday.
In London this Thursday? Join Oh Comely for their first film club evening.
BSME announce the shortlist for their Editors’ Editor award – the best editors as voted by their fellow editors. Full shortlists for this years awards to follow later this month.
50 Watts has this beautiful set of 25 vintage magazine covers from Japan.
Good to see CR Blog taking a closer look at Melbourne’s Head Full of Snakes.
How The Economist events, off- and online, contribute to their huge profits.
Wallpaper* art director Meirion Pritchard and illustrator Noma Bar discuss the magazine’s recent handmade cover project. September 17 at the V&A, London.
Time Out confirms September 25 as the day it goes free.
Woman’s Own redesigns to celebrate its 80th birthday.
The iconic USA Today remoured to be planning a redesign of newspaper and website in time for its 30th anniversary later this month.
Joe Zeff maps the various screen sizes and formats publishers are expected to deal with.
Next Printout! alert – Tuesday September 25, The Book Cub, London. Details to follow.
Back in 1989 Emigré wrote about the challenge to designers presented by the arrival of a new technology, in that case the then new DTP software. Strikingly similar issues face us today as we add interactivity to our workflow.
Magazines – the new bling?
Five strategies to avoid getting lost in the filter bubble, including editor-as-curator.
British woman has a collection of magazines for sale including 80s Vogues. Email her for details: alicemariegrace11 [at] live.co.uk
Condé Nast confirm plans for their fashion college on Greek St. in London’s Soho.
US publisher’s ‘Spotify for magazines’ launches. Next Issue will allow US tablet (inc iPad) access to monthlies for $9.99 and adds on weeklies for $14.99.
Richard Turley’s favourite magazine covers.
Another new newspaper format: the half-tabloid. Newspaper as magazine?
The Vetted online magazine store stocks many magCulture favourites.
Steven Heller looks at Art and Life.
Tony at MagForum is writing a book and notes his research reading on his blog.
Rick Poynor discusses self-publishing from a book writing angle.
Article’s 24 hour magazine project, Don, looks good.
A sad, predictable story – an insider’s view of the demise of Time Out London.
Haven’t checked over George Lois’s Esquire covers for a while? Here they are again, plus some lesser-known examples.
Indian art director-copy writer team win chance to design AdAge front cover.
Newsweek creative director Dirk Barnett has started a tumblr site.
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Stack meets the man behind the rather fine magazine sharing site MagPile.
A newspaper on your coffee cup sleeve? Why not?
The Association of Publishing Agencies drops the word ‘Publishing’ in favour of ‘Marketing’. Say hello to the Content Marketing Association.
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iPad tablet-based (not iPad yet though) subscription backed by US publishers including Condé Nast, Hearst, News Corp and Time Inc. $9.99 a month for access to all their monthlies.
Self Publish Be Happy offer a series of two-day workshops in London about how to make publications.