One of the points discussed at the Athenaeum event last night was how print magazines offer a discrete, uninterrupted experience that compares favourably with notification-heavy digital media.
This brief video – promoting the new Reykjavík issue of Boat Magazine – successfully reflects the calm of print. Log out of twitter, close down your email and press play. Then buy the issue here.
A big shout out to Reny and Anneke of Amsterdam’s wonderful Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum magazine store for inviting me to Amsterdam to talk about The Modern Magazine yesterday; to Xandra Schutte for keeping the discussion going with good questions; to Bas from Thames & Hudson and Laurence King for their support of the event.
It was great to see so many people in the room, with plenty of questions afterwards, and good to catch up too with Frank from AFI, Mr CoverJunkie and Gert from Fantastic Man. Thanks for coming!
‘I started working on the idea and a dummy while commuting from Dorset to London – it’s my most productive time.’ An interview with Hole & Corner founder/editor Sam Walton. Sam is one of the speakers at next Tuesday’s Printout. The magazine also has its own bunch of festive events coming up soon.
Must-read: Kai from Offscreen shares his magazine’s financial details.
‘How magazines helped shape society’ – The Guardian run through ten of the PPA’s 100 important magazine moments.
An interview with Konstantin Kotov who runs independent magazine library/online shop Lebigmag in St Petersburg.
On Lab have a winter school about editorial design at the end of February in Berlin, deadline December 2. Highly recommended by a friend that did a previous school.
Pub magazine Doghouse are raising money via Kickstarter for their next edition, deadline Dec 11.
Music website Pitchfork reveal designs for new print magazine The Pitchfork Review.
Rupert Murdoch’s son James to join the board at Vice Media?
An interview with me for Freund von Freunden, includes my five favourite mags selected from the shelves at Do You Read Me?
So that was magRush. Hope you enjoyed the 25 magazines, and interested to know what your favourites were. Nobody comments on blogs anymore, but go on, drop your favourite mag in the reply field. Or tweet it using #magRush.
And thanks, as ever, for reading. Review the entire magRush here.
Meanwhile, if you’re in Amsterdam come and say hi this afternoon. I’ll be at Spui 25, opposite the Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum store from 5pm talking about The Modern Magazine.
This is an extraordinary magazine, some people might invoke the ‘bookazine’ word it’s so bookish. As usual, I shall resist that temptation The Alpine Review is magazine through and through, just a very busy, full one. Despite the name it’s based in Montreal – the name refers to reaching the heights, something it does constantly as it jumps from a profile of the School of Life to an interview with new Fabrica CEO Dan Hill and on to a discussion of organisational transformation.
It’s in-depth, intelligent and fascinating in its scope. A highlight is this collage/poetry combination by editor Louis-Jacques Darveau that encompasses native indians, Shackleton and Don Draper (below), but like almost everything present nothing is typical of the content. A very special magazine to end this magRush.
Another Escape launched earlier this year and number two has just been published. Like last time, it’s divided into four distinct sections – Inspiration, Exploration, Process and Response – and uses these to deal with different aspects of the extraordinary in the ordinary. Octopuses, rehabilitating old machines, beekeeping and the revival of the tango all make appearances as editors Rachel and Jody spread their net wide. A personal highlight is this story about coffee preparation (below). Another Escape is a very gentle, quiet magazine that deserves your attention.
Where to start with Monika? An art journal where nobody is named or credited, and everything is done in the name of Monika, it’s an experiment in magazine making that repays consideration but will be hard work for the casual reader. Such anonymity allows every story to veer in its own direction, every page to change design and look different. I find it really exciting and frustrating in equal parts, with extreme highs and lows. A significant high is the set of illustrated reported stories of feral children – I’d loev to know who did those artworks. then there’s the piece about imaginary (?) herbal remedies (below), which is presented like a pastiche forties magazine.
This is exactly the type of magazine that people who don’t get that print is here to stay need to read. The simple idea of Kennedy is this: a paperback-book sized collection of great content, billed as a journal of curiousities which really means editors Chris and Angelo can print whatever they fancy. The opening quote from GK Chesterton explains all, ‘There is no such thing as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninteretsing person.’ Expect obscure Greek bookshops, a little fashion, producer Andrew Weatherall, Ed Ruscha’s son Eddie and maore across the 164 pages. They also reproduce a piece by Chesterton from 1927 (below).
A curious name for a curious magazine; Pinholet (a made-up word based on pinhole, as in the experimental camera) is a small-format, impeccably produced new magazine that looks at a different region each issue through the eyes of a group of like-minded creatives. This issue deals with Hong Kong, and features the paper copies of real items available in the territory to accompany you after death; a New Yorker who launched a tailors in HK; a look at Chinese letterpress (below) and much, much more.
The magazine shares many of the traits of today’s indie magazines: a small format, matt paper, monochrome type… we know the routine. But it’s all so perfectly formed you can forgive these commonalities. The design and art direction has a lovely light touch, and puts many superficially similar looking magazines to shame.
Published from Maastricht’s Van Eyck art centre, the new Van Eyck magazine is challenging in many ways. It takes the form of a series of smaller parts, some single sheets and some bound, that cover ongoing email exchanges between exhibitors, gallerists and others from the arts centre. The whole thing comes apart to create a melange of text and image that can be read and linked as the reader wishes. It’s as much about the making of the magazine as it is about events at the gallery, and even veers into current affairs and the venue’s history. A really interesting experiment.