Penny Martin is editor-in-chief of The Gentlewoman, the biannual magazine that like its brother Fantastic Man is a flagbearer for contemporary independent publishing. It offers a clear alternative to mainstream women’s magazines, its choice of cover stars – including Adele, Angela Lansbury, Beyonce and most recently Vivienne Westwood, all shot in black and white – symbolising that difference. Before launching the magazine in 2010 Penny was chair of fashion imagery at the London College of Fashion and before that editor-in-chief of SHOWstudio. Here she looks ahead at her week with issue nine of her magazine still fresh on the newsstand.
Portrait of Penny by Thomas Lohr
Simon Esterson has had a huge influence on editorial design, not only through his ground-breaking work on projects such as Blueprint, Domus and The Guardian but also via the many young designers who have started their careers in his studio and gone on to establish their own reputations. Since 2008 he has co-owned and designed Eye magazine, and here we look ahead at his week as issue 87 completes production.
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.
We start this week with Tom Taylor, co-founder of and technical brains behind The Newspaper Club. Already known for their small-run newsprint service, they have just announced a print-on-demand service, the Newsagent. Tom looks ahead at his week as they launch their own one-off publication, Things Our Friends Have Saved on the Internet, to promote and test the Newsagent.
We start the new week at work with Kenny Ho, a London-based fashion stylist with a broad range of experience stretching from work with celebrities such as Orlando Bloom and Cate Blanchett to international editorial and advertising work via stage work with David Bowie. In 2012, he and art director Rosy Tsai launched Article, a mens magazine celebrating Britain and Britishness and which is notable for its use of specialist print and finishing techniques. He shares his week ahead as the team completes issue three of the magazine and begin to plan number four.
By day, Andrew Diprose is the award-winning creative director of the UK edition of Wired – he’s currently BSME art director of the year. But away from the office he co-publishes (with his brother Philip) The Ride Journal, a much-loved cycling magazine that has been as successful with its specialist readership as it has been influential on the independent magazine scene. Here he looks at the week ahead as issue 8 of The Ride Journal hits the shops.
We start this week in Dubai with Conor Purcell, editor/publisher of quarterly travel magazine We Are Here. Each issue of his magazine combines lo-fi photography with long-form writing about a particular place – the recent third issue looks at Kathmandu. He is also editor of Jashanmal Quarterly, a new A3-sized themed magazine published by Dubai-based Jashanmal Bookstore. The latest issue is about independent magazines – look our for more here about that later this week.
Cat People is a wonderful example of the strange corners magazines can occupy. Published from Melbourne, Australia, it features interviews and work by cat-obsessed artists, designers, photographers and writers. It’s perhaps no surprise it’s popular in Japan. Here we look ahead at the week through the eyes of co-founder Jessica Lowe.
Our first first At Work With of the new year takes us to Germany to catch up with Fabian Saul, editor-in-chief of Flaneur, the magazine that presents a single street each issue. In addition to his work on the magazine, Fabian is an author, artist and film music composer. Here he looks ahead at his week as the second issue of Flaneur, based on Leipzig’s Georg-Schwarz-Straße, is published.
Barry McIlheney is chief executive of the PPA (Professional Publishers Association), the organisation that supports and represents UK magazine publishers. As a well-respected and popular figure in the editorial world – he edited Melody Maker and Smash Hits, launched Heat magazine and was chief executive of Emap (now Bauer) women’s titles – he has brought a new focus to the PPA. At the end of a busy year marking the PPA’s 100th anniversary, Barry shares his week ahead.