After a very civilized, slow morning QVED kicked off yesterday lunchtime with opening comments from co-founder Boris Kochan. Held at the beautiful fifties-built Alte Kongresshalle, the theatre full following the sell-out of all 650 tickets, the day had a real buzz about it as people from large and small magazines shared experiences.
First speaker was David Moretti, who presented a beautiful set of slides and described his typographic and infographic work for Wired Italia in a very engaging way. The examples of calligraphy and print effects were stunning, a really powerful and individual addition to the Wired series. German designer Dominik Schatz followed with a more downbeat talk without slides, an overview of his freelance career to date. The translation service did an impressive job but couldn’t make up for the lack of images – there were many references to projects I didn’t know but would have liked to have seen.
Canadian Michelle Champagne speeded things up again with some astute analysis of contemporary communications, and the editorial process behind her That New Design Smell magazine. Check out the project’s website for a forceful example of how to encourage reader (user) input.
Panel discussions sometimes work, sometimes don’t, and I awaited the illustration panel slightly anxiously. Luckily the panel moderator Raban Ruddigkeit knows his stuff and the five speakers presented a good range of work and spoke intelligently about it. The discussion afterwards was complicated listening via translation – the six people speakers blurred together when presented by a single voice.
The day ended with a rare talk from Mike Meiré. Focusing on the relationship between art and magazines, and his recent work with Garage magazine, this was a real treat that started with the Mona Lisa, moved via Duchamp’s LHOOQ parody to Warhol’s factory and then Mike’s work with Garage. I’ve been a bit ambivalent about Garage til now, but this was a good example of how hearing from a project’s maker can bring it to life. I’ll be picking up the back issues from the QVED shop.
Meiré ended the day echoing David Moretti’s start: we shouldn’t be afraid of complexity and difficulty. Sometimes magazines shouldn’t be easy.
After the jump, a picture report from the opening day.
Five years ago Steve Watson (my partner in Printout) launched the Stack Magazines subscription service to help independent publishers find new readers for their magazines. Here he looks ahead at his week as he achieves his ambition to run the service as a full-time enterprise.
After the success of the recent fashion special, the next Printout evening takes a turn in a different direction with a look at magazines seeking to change our view of the world. Featuring London’s slow journalism pioneers Delayed Gratification, Beirut’s The Outpost (video) and Belgium’s agitprop pamphleteers Postr (live). 6.30, March 24 at The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard St, London EC2A 4RH
February 18, 2014
List alert! Oitzarisme notes a very tasteful ‘Fifty magazines to buy before you die’…
…and Coverjunkie selects the covers he hopes to see at the upcoming D&AD judging.
The British edition of Reader’s Digest is bought for less than a single issue of the mag by 71 year-old TV entrepeneur.
Bob Newman’s latest column for Folio takes a critical look at US launch Dr Oz Good Life, ‘The logo is baffling to me, and is definitely the biggest problem on the cover.’
Aussie design magazine Open Manifesto looks interesting in this piece by Kyoorius.
Issue one of Intern is now available for the iPad.
As British ABC starts to include digital sales in circulation figures, print still dominates digital. The exception? Tech mags.
And don’t forget next week sees QVED2014 take place in Munich, featuring Alex Breuer (The Guardian), David Moretti (Italian Wired), Mike Meiré (032c et al) and many more. I’ll be speaking too. See you there?
Occasional commenter-of-this-parish Lee Caulfield has a fine-looking second printed volume of blog highlights available now.
Every page of every issue of International Times, now available online (thanks Adrian).
Time Inc re-organises, lays off staff as it readies to go public.
A little tangential, but a fascinating piece from Rick Poynor, a) because of the artist subject and b) the questions he asks about the definitive version of an artwork.
The beauty vs friction design argument applied to web design; ‘what if I don’t want my reading experience to be this beautiful?’ asks Oliver Burkeman.
Later this year, Dave McKean is curating a major show of comics from the British Museum archive (May).
Follow the upcoming QVED2014 event on twitter: @qved
February 4, 2014
Congratulations to The Gentlewoman, Works That Work and Bloomberg Businessweek, winners of this year’s MagPile Awards. Together, an excellent introduction to modern magazines.
A list of ten food magazines, some newer than others.
Michael Wolff dismisses journalist’s attempts to reinvent news, ‘We don’t need journalists solving the problem of news. We need people with far more cunning and inventive commercial minds.’
The Newspaper Club are exhibiting some of the publications they’ve printed, at their Glasgow office until end of February.
Liked Christoph Niemann’s recent US Wired cover art? Buy the poster here.
Happy birthday to smart architecture magazine Mas Context as they celebrate their fifth anniversary.
Tim Holmes addresses teaching students about launching a magazine, ‘trying to get 6,000 copies of a title in front of committed enthusiasts is a different job to contracting Frontline to get 60,000 into W H Smith and the supermarkets.’
Bob Newman has started writing a regular column for Folio; the first one, about Arizona Highways Magazine, is online now.
January 29, 2014
‘Oops’ doesn’t quite cover it… Bath News forced to apologise after celebrating local half marathon with a copy of Boston’s bombing memorial cover.
Matador magazine reaches the letter O.
Australian digital publication The Saturday Paper launches.
The latest Athenaeum interview – Boneshaker editor Mike White.
And don’t forget – magazine events coming up soon: I’m co-curating QVED2014 (Munich, February 28–March 02), and helping Steve Watson with his Guardian Masterclass on indie mag publishing. And later in the spring there’s Facing Pages (Arnhem March 28–29).
January 8, 2014
In London? tickets are still available for The Story. Always a great source of inspiration, this year’s day of talks features The Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger on the changing face of newspapers.
Coming up soon in Munich: QVED2014, a conference about editorial design I’m co-curating. Speakers include Mike Meiré (Brand Eins, 032c), Alex Breuer (The Guardian), David Moretti (Wired Italia), Pekka Toivonen (FAT), Patrick Waterhouse (Colors) and many more to come. Book now.
One of the themes identified for QVED is the new erotic magazine. Jacques co-founder Jonathan Leder has just produced his own, Fetishisms (NSFW) (corrected 11/01).
Made By Heart is a digital zine with some really nice overlay touches, built from scratch in frustration at PDF magazines.
The New York Times redesigns its website and provides a visual history of the site, a fascinating record of digital design.
Daniel spent Christmas collecting loads and loads and loads and loads of front covers.