Overmatter: 15.04.14


The Guardian editor Alan Rushbridger celebrates the culture of his organisation as it wins Pulitzer prize; ‘newspapers made a fatal mistake… and jettisoned the stuff that seemed difficult and expensive.

PPA reconfigures its annual conference under the banner ‘Re_Invented 2014//’. Note the underscore and slashes. Perhaps most remarkably, the line-up reveals Jamie Callum is publishing his own magazine, The Eighty Eight, and it looks, gulp, quite intriguing.

Inside PopBitch and its iPad app plans; ‘Be nice, and if you can’t be nice, be funny.

Ideas on Paper is a fine-looking new magazine store in Nottingham; Stack interviews owner Alex Smith.

Kickstarter alert: The Holborn Magazine is another digital spin-off, promising the ‘best in design, apparel and craft.’ Support them!

Out soon: the new-look Boat magazine, issue seven Lima, Peru.

 

Overmatter: 08.04.14


The new issue of Adbusters has a hole in it; Atheneaum have the pix.

List alert! And what a list… 101 music front covers, from 1937–2014, courtesy of Bob Newman. Follow-up already under way.

Mary Berner, CEO and president of MPA, explains why ‘magazines aren’t screwed,’ (though story URL implies otherwise).

The Association of Illustrators presents The Illustrators Guide to Business, a two-day course alongside this years Pick Me Up at Somerset House (attendees get 20% off tickets to PMU).

Nuts squeezed out – it wasn’t just the boobs, apparently.

Digital… print… the substrate is irrelevant. It’s all about reading,’ – Bo Sacks at Digital Innovators’ Summit in Berlin.

 

Overmatter 27.03.14


Another digital project is moving into print; help Kickstart Tusk Journal into reality.

I believe in mavericks’ – ex-editor Gill Hudson on what’s gone wrong with magazine publishing.

Why US newspapers might be able to feel ‘cautiously cheerful.

The algorithmic workings behind your Flipboard magazine (read ours).

There can never be enough lists of magazines.

SPD Awards merit winners announced; includes a few indies plus our very own My Favo(u)rite Magazine.

 

Overmatter 25.03.14


Speculation on the editor’s office hierarchy for the new Condé Nast NY building.

‘Things we learned at the Digiday Publishing Summit’ – see no5.

The British Library’s newspaper archive will be open for a one day storytelling workshop, March 31st (thanks Matt).

‘Ideas are the lifeblood of what we do’ – review of recent LCC editors panel event.

SPD note 16 years of their Magazine of the Year award with a graphic that emphasises how several mags have dominated.

It’s not a war but actually dance’ – Andrew Losowsky, interviewed.

 

Overmatter 21.03.14


I love these front cover designs for La Tempestad.

When did magazine covers become so contentious?

The Washington Post launches intriguing new digital strategy.

Calibre is a new mag for affluent over-50s men. Sounds promising, looks less so.

Don’t forget this Monday (24th) in London it’s the next Printout, and this time next week it’s Facing Pages (Arnhem).

Complete notes from QVED2014 are now on their site; my reports here soon.

 

Overmatter 18.03.14


This week The Guardian’s G2 daily mag has been taken over by trainee journalists, promising insight into Generation Y.

NYTimes execs discuss their newspaper’s digital innovation over breakfast.

The word ‘publishing’, revived: ‘Basically, publishing now means print and digital.

Michael Wolff on the career of super-editor (Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Talk, Newsweek…) Tina Brown.

SPD shortlists announced, with plenty of worthy but familiar names. Feels like our attempts at stirring things up a couple of years back have been sidelined. But congratulations to all, particularly Cat People and Wired Italia.

Mr Magazine notes how digital publishers are turning to print (Samir has a new free newsletter, sign up via the homepage).

‘The era of Facebook is an anomaly. The idea of everybody going to one site is just weird,’ danah boyd at SXSW.

Exact Editions are testing free access to mag apps at tomorrow’s Changing Media Summit. Interesting idea.

David Hepworth notes the changing first names of the publishing business.

 

Overmatter 14.03.14


Interview with Libertine editor Debbie Evans as issue four lands, ‘Early feedback has been that readers want more digital content, and more from the network and community, particularly around events.’

Another magazine using Kickstarter; Print Isn’t Dead is an awful title with the right idea.

Katie at Confessions of a Design Geek interviews Steve about Stack; meanwhile Steve interviews Penny Martin in a companion piece to this week’s At Work With.

US Marie Claire launches Branché, a pop up magazine for young, hip New York women, complete with acute accent.

‘What you think you know about about (how we read) the web is wrong.’

The Vogue Festival takes place at London’s South Bank Centre, March 28/29.

Pog Mo Goal is another new football magazine, this time from Ireland.

Washington magazine store closes.

Laurence King, publishers of The Modern Magazine, have started a Pinterest board of magazine covers.

CR Blog looks inside the latest Little Whites Lies; back to its’s visual best.

 

Overmatter 04.03.14

The Financial Times grows via digital subscriptions.

Brands who advertise in magazines have the advantage.’ Who’d have thought?

Monocle is seven. Time for a movie!

There is nothing in the digital domain that can compare to the real thing.’ Cue new print mag from travel website Sidetracked.com.

Intriguing online, collective content creation for That New Design Smell (via QVED).

Also discovered at QVED: illustration magazine Spring.

Richard Turley to talk Bloomberg Businessweek, Berlin, March 19 and Amsterdam, March 20.

Kickstarter news: support oral history magazine In The Air, to be designed by the people behind the fine-looking Shelf Journal.

 

Overmatter 25.02.14


A must-see exhibition at 032c’s space in Berlin – a collection of Lilliput magazine.

Behind the scenes of The Financial Times’ decision to go native with their apps.

Graydon Carter drops a Vanity Fair Gwyneth Paltrow story – PR pressure?

Condé Nast readying for office move from Times Square to WTC.

What’s working in magazine app advertising? Less is more, it seems.

In yesterday’s At Work With Steve Watson post he mentioned Outpost. Support their fundraising for their second year.

And/or support new German title Winter, from Manzine hero Kevin Braddock and magCulture collaborator Kati Krause.

The Independent on independent magazines – ‘Looks good on paper.’

The AOI 2014 Illustration Awards are go – closing date 16 March.

 

Overmatter: 18.02.14

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.

New launch Alphabet promises a new take on family life. Support them on Kickstarter. Meanwhile Quarterly have bettered their Kickstarter target but are still taking pledges.

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?

 

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