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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A quick update on a few things…
First up, there are still a few tickets left for Printout! next tuesday (27 Novemeber). Lucy and Yassa from Juke have been added to the line-up sharing their favourite magazines of 2012. They’re also providing the music for the evning. Come along and vote – and pick up a free copy of Frieze Masters, the new art magazine from Frieze Publishing. Tickets are £5 here.
I’ll be joining Tyler Brulé to talk magazines on Monocle24’s ‘The Stack’ tomorrow, Saturday 26, 10-11am.
The recent quiet here is ending – expect more posts from next week.
Meanwhile don’t forget the magCulture shop remains open, with lots of our faves in stock (talking of which, if you ordered a copy of Chinese magazine Cover, we hope to have our copies soon and will be mailing them as soon as we do).
And finally, our newsletter will restart next week. Sign up using the field just there on the right >