Bird spotting


Last week I was changing planes in Munich, writes Andrew Losowsky, and spotted this cover of Business Punk, a relatively edgy business/lifestyle magazine – check that headline – made by the same company as Beef!

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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.

 

At Work With: Rob Orchard, Delayed Gratification


Delayed Gratification provides a quarterly antidote to ‘PR-driven stories, knee-jerk reactions and churnalism,’ each issue revisiting the news events of the last three months and using that time delay to provide a more reflective view on the stories than minute-by-minute news feeds. As issue 13 arrives, co-founder and editorial director Rob Orchard looks at his week ahead.

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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.

 

Magazine of the Week: Eye #87, food special


Eye magazine will be familiar to most magCulture readers, but this new issue is a great reminder of the team’s commitment to magazines. Not only is it a great example of high-quality print itself, with different papers and beautiful reproduction, it also features this overview of the ever-growing selection of indie food magazines including magCulture faves Put A Egg On It, The Gourmand and the late Fire & Knives.

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What’s up with The Economist front covers?


Earlier this week a series of tweets criticised the latest front cover of The Economist (above). Erik Spiekermann, who redesigned the magazine in 2001, joined the exchange with links to his cover proposals from that time. Here, Andrew Losowsky takes a closer look at the covers.

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Out now: Port #13


Men’s mag Port goes pop this week with this colourful new cover featuring Sam Rockwell shot by Andreas Lazlo Konrath, styled by Bruce Pask and art directed and designed by Matt Willey. The headline, hand-painted by Bread Collective, is a complete departure from previous covers, as is the gradient colour (click image for larger version).

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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!

 

Overmatter 18.03.14


This week The Guardian’s G2 daily mag has been taken over by trainee journalists, promising insight into Generation Y.

NYTimes execs discuss their newspaper’s digital innovation over breakfast.

The word ‘publishing’, revived: ‘Basically, publishing now means print and digital.

Michael Wolff on the career of super-editor (Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Talk, Newsweek…) Tina Brown.

SPD shortlists announced, with plenty of worthy but familiar names. Feels like our attempts at stirring things up a couple of years back have been sidelined. But congratulations to all, particularly Cat People and Wired Italia.

Mr Magazine notes how digital publishers are turning to print (Samir has a new free newsletter, sign up via the homepage).

‘The era of Facebook is an anomaly. The idea of everybody going to one site is just weird,’ danah boyd at SXSW.

Exact Editions are testing free access to mag apps at tomorrow’s Changing Media Summit. Interesting idea.

David Hepworth notes the changing first names of the publishing business.

 

At Work With: William van Giessen, Facing Pages


Next week the third edition of Facing Pages takes place in Arnhem, Netherlands. Organised by Joost van der Steen and William van Giessen of local design studio OK Parking, the two-day biennale celebrating independent publishing gathers together magazine makers from around the world. As well as a strong programme of speakers, an exhibition will display submitted magazines for visitors to read and touch. With preparations being completed for this year’s event (March 28/29), we look ahead at the week with William. 

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