Overmatter 28.03.12

National Coverday takes place in Utrecht on May 30. I spoke at last year’s, a great event with plenty of inspiration. This year see Paul Willoughby (Little White Lies), Noma Bar and DW Pine (Time) among others.

I’m speaking in Dublin at 360 Degrees Publishing on April 24, along with Kerin O’Connor (The Week), Julia Hutchinson (ex-CMA) and Barry McIlheney (PPA).

It’s Nice That launch a new magazine, Printed Pages.

Form Fifty Five interview Richard Turley of Bloomberg Businessweek.

How social media has improved our writing skills. Counter-intuitive but persuasive.

This Easter, why not make a newspaper with the kids?


Monocle Cafe, London

After a long build-up, Monocle finally open their first London Café on April 15. Their latest issue includes plenty of detail about the space – the design and suppliers – but what wins it a mention here is that they’ll be espressoing with my favourite Allpress coffee. The new café is just down the road from their HQ, at 18 Chiltern St W1U 7QA, and even has a basement subscriber-only space.


March 26, 2013

Local news


The magCulture online shop

This morning I’ll be delivering the last magazine-packed envelopes to the local Post Office. Not because we’re stopping selling magazines, but because we’ve gone into partnership with iSubscribe to improve our online shop. They’ll be doing the mail-outs from now.

When I launched the shop a couple of year back it was just a couple of extra WordPress pages tacked on to the main site; about eighteen months ago it moved to the Big Cartel platform to give a better presentation and a wider range. Today is another step change.

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At work with… Jennifer Daniel, Bloomberg Businessweek

This morning we catch up with Jennifer Daniel, Graphics Editor at Bloomberg Businessweek.

Where are you today?
I’m sitting in the humble offices of Bloomberg Businessweek located at 731 Lexington, Floor 3, Midtown Manhattan.

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Overmatter 22.03.12

Stack has an interview with Davey Spen from Boat ahead of his Guardian Masterclass on April 2.

PPA announce the line up for their 100th anniversary conference, May 8, London.

Design magazines of the world come together to create a series of t-shirts for Uniqlo.

Ricochet promises ads linked to twitter posts.

UK Esquire editor Alex Bilmes discusses his magazine’s approach to women as ornamental, like cars (video, put down your coffee before viewing ).

I’m helping organise this year’s AGI Open conference in London this Autumn. Check out the Open website for details, with more on CR Blog. Of particular magCultural interest: Christophe Niemann, Marion Deuchars, Michael Beirut, and more.

We’re about to shake things up a little in our online shop, there are a few sale offers while we tidy things up.


Creative Review column, April 2013

In the April issue of Creative Review I look through some recent independent magazines, all of which have recently featured on magCulture. Here are links to the five I mention:

The Gourmand
The Germans
Works That Work

(the image above shows a page from beautiful seventies independent magazine The Compleat Imbiber, as reproduced in The Gourmand).


Designs of the Year 2013

The London Design Museum’s annual ‘Designs of the Year’ exhibition launched this week. It’s the usual mix of architecture, fashion, digital, furniture, products, transport and graphics – seven categories mixed together, grouped by loose themes. To give an idea of the range involved, among the 99 exhibits are the Shard, a 3D printer, an annual report and a new material ideal for ketchup bottles. I nominated several pieces of editorial-related work from which one magazine got selected (congratulations to The Gentlewoman, the single magazine in the show, and to art director Veronica Ditting) as did Berg’s clever Little Printer.

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Thank you Mr Bowie

Tracy Emin’s limited edition cover design for Harper’s Bazaar to mark ‘David Bowie Is’ at the V&A.


Overmatter 20.03.13

James Hyman has an unbelievable collection of magazines. Record-breaking, in fact.

Bookforum reviews recent book ‘The Art of the Magazine’, ends up discussing what is a magazine? (thanks Richard)

Was this really ten years ago?

Don’t forget your ticket for Printout, next Tuesday, March 26.

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March 19, 2013



Fantastic Man do the East London Line

Top marks to Penguin for not only publishing a set of books celebrating the 150th anniversary of the London Underground (twelve, one for each Tube line), but for going beyond the predictable in selecting writers for each line. Music writer Paul Morley (Bakerloo), kids campaigner Camila Batmanghelidjh (Victoria) and naturalist Richard Mabey (Metropolitan) all figure. And who better to deal with the East London Line, which snakes through Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Hoxton and Haggerston, than Jop and Gert from Fantastic Man?

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