Here in London it barely feels cold enough to be winter – after last years big freeze it’s strangely warm here. Thank you Monocle, then, for reminding us of the season with the arrival of their latest tabloid. The third in the biannual series returns to the alps and provides news for the ski season. Assuming there’s actually some snow…
Thank you everyone who joined us in celebrating magazines over the past year – whether sending in projects to be shared or reading our posts. There’s a seemingly endless stream of new publications to write about and an ever-increasing audience interested in them.
Over the holidays we’ll have more magRush posts, then normal service will resume in January when we’ll also have exciting news of our plans for 2012.
I was handed the launch issue of this 130pp tome at the last Printout! night. It’s All in the Delivery is a lovely piece of print – bound in unfinished rough card, featuring several different types of paper though its pages and a fifth colour orange ink throughout. The editors approached friends with the title and asked them to respond – future issues will have different themes as their titles.
Content in this debut issue includes the story behind wartime distribution of Penguin paperbacks across the globe; a piece about trucking movies; a photographic record of the daily delivery of pineapples to a Mayfair nightclub; a look at how western designers act as ‘design tourists’, tracking down small creative studios and commissioning them. Good content, well presented. Can’t wait for the next issue.
OK– let’s see how many magazines we can work though. Starting up now with the seventh issue of OK Periodicals, which has just been released. The theme is ‘Thriller’ and tucked among the many responses from photographers, writers and artists is a 15-second audio loop (think novelty birthday card) of the magazine team murdering Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’. All together now…
Another strong cover from Bloomberg Businessweek as they end the year with their annual review issue. A set of four front covers join together to make a single B&W illustration by James Dawe that reflects a year of protest and pain; the spraypainted flouro 2011s counterpoints the intensity of Dawes’ artwork.
Click here to see a larger version.
Two awards deadlines loom.
The SPD deadline hits first; indeed the earlybird date has just gone. Entry deadline is January 13. And if you’re abroad, ie not in the US, you can benefit from a 50% discount on all entries. And and there’s a new category for small, self-published magazines. And and and, judging by the selections made by the great and good in the SPD favourite magazine project (see last post), the jury should be approaching the judging with an open mind. These remain the magazine awards, their only fault being a tendency to award the same magazines each year and to overlook foreign publications. Our aim this year is to change this.
Meanwhile the 2012 D&AD Awards have snuck up. The scope and complexity of the awards seems to increase year on year, but their annual remains a great record and there’s a long history of editorial work making it into the book (something I hope to take a closer look at in the new year). The jury is still being finalised, entry deadline is February 1.
Here’s something for your shiny new 2012 diary; the first Printout! evening of the year takes place Thursday 5 January. Editors from Boat, It’s Nice That and Spiel will be on hand to share their new years resolutions. Plus the magazine library and music from the very super Supermundane (Anorak, Fire & Knives and Cagoule).
Book your tickets here.
One of the reasons for selling magazines via this site is to give access to rare and hard to find titles. So we were excited when a package of copies of Menu arrived from Cape Town yesterday. They’ve gone stright on sale online (despite an initial tech hitch there are copies available) and there are copies available at our pop-up shop.
Read our review of the issue here.