After a very civilized, slow morning QVED kicked off yesterday lunchtime with opening comments from co-founder Boris Kochan. Held at the beautiful fifties-built Alte Kongresshalle, the theatre full following the sell-out of all 650 tickets, the day had a real buzz about it as people from large and small magazines shared experiences.
First speaker was David Moretti, who presented a beautiful set of slides and described his typographic and infographic work for Wired Italia in a very engaging way. The examples of calligraphy and print effects were stunning, a really powerful and individual addition to the Wired series. German designer Dominik Schatz followed with a more downbeat talk without slides, an overview of his freelance career to date. The translation service did an impressive job but couldn’t make up for the lack of images – there were many references to projects I didn’t know but would have liked to have seen.
Canadian Michelle Champagne speeded things up again with some astute analysis of contemporary communications, and the editorial process behind her That New Design Smell magazine. Check out the project’s website for a forceful example of how to encourage reader (user) input.
Panel discussions sometimes work, sometimes don’t, and I awaited the illustration panel slightly anxiously. Luckily the panel moderator Raban Ruddigkeit knows his stuff and the five speakers presented a good range of work and spoke intelligently about it. The discussion afterwards was complicated listening via translation – the six people speakers blurred together when presented by a single voice.
The day ended with a rare talk from Mike Meiré. Focusing on the relationship between art and magazines, and his recent work with Garage magazine, this was a real treat that started with the Mona Lisa, moved via Duchamp’s LHOOQ parody to Warhol’s factory and then Mike’s work with Garage. I’ve been a bit ambivalent about Garage til now, but this was a good example of how hearing from a project’s maker can bring it to life. I’ll be picking up the back issues from the QVED shop.
Meiré ended the day echoing David Moretti’s start: we shouldn’t be afraid of complexity and difficulty. Sometimes magazines shouldn’t be easy.
After the jump, a picture report from the opening day.
On the way to Munich yesterday I found myself behind designer John Morgan in the security queue. He mentioned the latest set of Art Review covers his studio had designed, four covers representing unknown future artists. The blown out faces nicely subvert the standard head shot and will look really strong, even disturbing, on newsstands.
Mirko Borsche is one of Germany’s most exciting editorial designers. This week he’s speaking in Luxembourg as a guest of Design Friends then heads home to Munich and take part in QVED2014. Sven Ehmann, creative director at Gestalten books, recently prepared this interview for the Design Friends event.
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.
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.
After the success of the recent fashion special, the next Printout evening takes a turn in a different direction with a look at magazines seeking to change our view of the world. Featuring London’s slow journalism pioneers Delayed Gratification, Beirut’s The Outpost (video) and Belgium’s agitprop pamphleteers Postr (live). 6.30, March 24 at The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard St, London EC2A 4RH
In a neat companion piece to the recently featured Cat People, here’s a new magazine revolving around dogs and their owners. Four & Sons, also from Australia, promises ‘dog-centric content to dog-lovers passionate about culture and creativity.’ The launch issue is available for pre-order now, details on their website.