February 16, 2014

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In today’s Observer

A nice piece about independent magazines by John O’Reilly in today’s Observer, features Riposte, Works That Work, Green Soccer Journal, Article, The Gourmand and others alongside passing references to magCulture and Stack. Read it here.


December 24, 2013

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Goodbye 2013, hello 2014

We’re closing now for the holidays, back January 6.

Thank you for reading  – there were more of you than ever this year – and to everyone who submitted magazines and magazine news for posting. Sorry we don’t get to review/mention every magazine, there just isn’t time, but keep them coming please as next year we’ll be keeping a count of new launches. A special thank you too to those of you who bought copies of ‘The Modern Magazine’ and My Favo(u)rite Magazine, who attended The Modern Magazine conference and joined us at Printout.

I’d also like to thank the many individuals and organisations who have supported magCulture over what’s been a very busy year: Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum, Rhys Atkinson, David Bate, Tyler Brulé, Central Saint Martins, Creative Review, Do You Read Me?, Eye, iSubscribe, Kati Krause, Ling Ko, Laurence King Publishing, London College of Communication, Andrew Losowsky, Monocle24 The Stack, The Newspaper Club, Sappi, Sarah Temple, Steve Watson and Andrew Watt.

And last but not least, we’re lucky to work with some great clients. Thank you Aeon, Brand Perfect, Frieze, Maison Moderne, Road Book and Visual Editions.

See you in 2014.


December 13, 2013

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Shop news, The Stack

A couple of things to end the week; first you can hear me, my Printout partner Steve Watson and Hearst’s Ian Birch join Tyler Brulé for a round-up of our 2013 magazine highlights on tomorrow’s 68th edition of The Stack. I’ll add some relevant visuals here Monday.

And second, for all of you asking where you can buy a copy of FAT, I’m pleased to say we now have a few copies in the magCulture shop, along with the brand new third issue of wine/music mag Noble Rot. Check all stock here.


October 30, 2013

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magCulture shop restock

We’ve just restocked the magCulture shop with a new bunch of favourites.

You’ll find the latest issues of The Gentlewoman, Libertine and Oh Comely (as a result of the discussion about women’s titles at our recent conference), the new Colors (Looking at Art) and the unique record of last year’s Making Magazines conference.

Plus plenty of others including My Favo(u)rite Magazine and discounted copies of ‘The Modern Magazine’ book.



Out now: The Modern Magazine

Looks like my new book ‘The Modern Magazine’ has turned up in a few shops already in London so here’s a heads up that it’s officially published on Monday. We’ll be selling it in the magCulture shop – look out for details, including a special launch offer, here next week.


Summer is here. Official!

It seems to have been hot for weeks here in London, but the imminent arrival of this year’s Monocle Mediterraneo newspaper means we can declare summer officially on.

Launched three years ago, the glossy newspaper-format publication fills the summer months while Monocle itself has a discreet rest.


Friends of Bob Newman

Regular readers will know of New York-based editorial designer Bob Newman, the man behind the Newmanology site and source of daily Facebook archive finds. Not only is he a talented designer, fellow magaholic and all-round enthusiast for editorial design, he’s also one of the nicest and must supportive people in the industry. I first met him in the nineties when I visited New York, when I met many people, all of whom were very kind in giving their time to meet me. But the only person who subsequently kept in regular contact was Bob.

So I was sorry to hear he recently suffered a serious accident. He’s been in hospital for several weeks and I’m happy to say is now recovering well. But he and his family need support to cope with the cost of his care, so a group of his friends have set up a Friends of Bob Newman donations page.

If you’re a regular here at magCulture you’ve almost certainly enjoyed Bob’s musing on magazines. If you don’t know his writing, start with this conversation between us both for Gym Class Magazine in 2011. As Bob said in our last email exchange before his accident, it’s amazing how fast things have moved on since we recorded that conversation.

Enjoy our early thoughts about the iPad. And please donate.

(Photograph by Glenn Glasser)


March 26, 2013

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The magCulture online shop

This morning I’ll be delivering the last magazine-packed envelopes to the local Post Office. Not because we’re stopping selling magazines, but because we’ve gone into partnership with iSubscribe to improve our online shop. They’ll be doing the mail-outs from now.

When I launched the shop a couple of year back it was just a couple of extra WordPress pages tacked on to the main site; about eighteen months ago it moved to the Big Cartel platform to give a better presentation and a wider range. Today is another step change.

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February 18, 2013

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Continued server problems

Following the tech issues, normal service is on its way – February’s posts at least are present and correct.

Plenty of holes still remain in the archive, but expect new posts as usual from today. Apologies for the delay.


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Before I sign off for the holidays, some quick updates.

The next Printout! takes place on January 22, when we’ll be looking at new magazines for the new year. If you’re launching/have just launched/know of a new independent magazine please get in touch with Steve or me.

Making Magazines 2012
This day-long conference at St Brides was a personal highlight of 2012. As several people have pointed out, Simon and I promised a follow-up publication as a memento for all attendees. We haven’t forgotten, it’s been harder than expected to get it completed but the good news is it’s in production and should go to print early 2013. Something to look forward to!

The Modern Magazine
I’ve just completed a new book to be published in 2013 by Laurence King. More news nearer publication date.

Two exhibition projects I helped with continue over into the new year. Graphic Design: Now in Production is in its last few weeks at the Hammer Museum, LA, while at Helsinki’s Design Museum The Home continues until January 13. And The Rise of Print is available for further venues in 2013.

magCulture shop
All orders to date have been mailed. Any placed over the holidays will be sent out early January. And talking of the shop, it’ll be expanding early next year with a new partner. Full details next year.

Merry Christmas
Thank you as ever for sending in your magazines, for reading the posts and using the shop. We’ll be helping you through the holidays with a daily dose of recent arrivals here at magCulture.

Have a good break.

Holiday cover above via Newmanology.