Overmatter 18.04.14


Behind the scenes at Wyndeham’s printers; ‘At one point we had 350 people in this plant. Now we have 114. But the amount of work has more than doubled.

‘Content loves print.’ Dominic Mills looks at two very different customer magazines –Net a Porter’s Porter and Sports Direct’s Forever Sports.

Amsterdam AMFI fashion course shares the six entries for its annual create-a-magazine competition.

New crowdsource site GoodFruit is raising money for US magazine Hearth.

I’m speaking in New York next month. The Blurb Indie Magazine conference features speakers from Pin-Up, Cherry Bombe, Gopher Illustrated, Lucky Peach, Refueled and Sweet Paul. 6 May, details here.

Meanwhile tickets are going fast for Printout Bristol on 8 May, featuring Another Escape, Boneshaker,  Cereal and OffLife. Get in quick! And the next London date is set for May 27. News soon.

And and and… I’m be presenting a one-off show for the digital radio station at this year’s Pick Me Up show at Somerset in London. More soon.

 

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.

 

Printout heads West

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To mark its new status as a hotbed of independent publishing, Printout is venturing beyond London EC2 to visit Bristol BS1 next Month. Join me and Steve Watson as we introduce Rosa from Cereal, Daniel from Off Life, Rachel from Another Escape and Mike from Boneshaker, find out about their magazines and ask – why Bristol?

Thursday 8 May, tickets here.

In association with Bristol Independent Publishers and Bristol Festival of Ideas.

 

March 30, 2014

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Facing Pages 2014, day two

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We started Facing Pages day 2 – escapism – with glorious weather. Looking over at the Feestaardvarken on his back (above) lazing in the sun when I left my hotel, I did feel quite jealous, writes Belinda Johnson.

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March 28, 2014

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Facing Pages 2014, day one

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After a visit yesterday to Senefelder printers near Arnhem (a major Dutch printer who run an an annual conference for their publishing clients; they’ve been doing this for 16 years, very progressive) I spent a few hours this morning at the Facing Pages biennale in central Arnhem.

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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.

 

D&AD Award winners

Watching and discuss design at @dandad. #d_and_ad with Mike Meire, Suzanne Sykes (Elle UK), Vanessa Wyse (the Grid), Alex Breuer (Guardian) & Violetta Boxhill

Congratulations to the magazine and newspaper winners at this year’s D&AD Awards – a good mix. Judges, above from left: Suzanne Sykes, Violetta Boxill, Mike Meiré, Vanessa Wise, Alex Breuer and, behind the camera, Jaap Biemanns.

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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.

 

EDO returns with Mike Meire


Next Monday night presents a tough choice for London’s magaholics; in one part of Shoreditch, Printout presents The Power of Print, featuring a selection of magazines using their presence to change the world; meanwhile just down the road the Editorial Design Organisation springs to action under new co-chairs Sarah Douglas And Lee Belcher. Their first event of the year presents German art director Mike Meiré, in town to judge the D&AD Awards, in a rare talk about the work of his Cologne-based studio Meiré und Meiré.

A tricky choice; Mike was brilliant when I saw him speak recently at QVED2014. But I’ll be hosting Printout – so see you there!

 

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