At work with: Christoph Amend, ZEITmagazin

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The weekly newspaper magazine has returned to prominence in recent years as publishers focus on weekend sales to support their daily operations. In Germany, ZEIT Magazin leads the pack creatively with its double-page front covers developed by editor-in-chief Christoph Amend and creative director Mirko Borsch. Christoph is also publisher of ZEIT’s art titles Weltkunst and Kunst und Auktionen, and has written several books. We join him as he plans next week’s magazine while awaiting delivery of this week’s edition.

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At Work With: Karim Meggaro, Unmapped

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Work has taken Karim Meggaro around the world – he has contributed to publishing projects in Argentina, Mexico, Russia and India and conceived his digital travel magazine Unmapped in a pub in Copenhagen. He now runs it from Madrid, where we join him following the recent publication of the first print edition of Unmapped.

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At Work With: Nick Watts, Future Perfect

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Australian magazine Future Perfect was launched last year to satisfy the founders’ belief there was an uaidence for serious, longform writing in print. The second issue has just been published, featuring  stories ranging from an overview of ISIS to a history of Beats headphones via excerpts from articles that first appeared in, among others, the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Monthly and Slate. It’s an eclectic magazine, one of a number of new launches focusing on serious subjects. We look at the week ahead with Nick Watts, founding editor and creative director.

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At Work With: Gail Bichler, New York Times Magazine

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The bad news? Yes, you’re back in the office, starting a new year of work. The good news? You can share the pain with us. Over the holidays we posted a series of audio reviews of 2014 magazines by various friends of magCulture and as the most frequently mentioned magazine was the New York Times Magazine, we start 2015 looking ahead at the week with its design director Gail Bichler.

Gail moved to New York from Chicago in 2004, freelancing for various studios and magazine before joining the New York Times Magazine as art director. She was appointed design director in late 2014 just as the New York Times company committed to invest in a major relaunch of the weekly magazine, and she has just added British designer Matt Willey to her design team. Read the rest of this entry

At Work With: Shem Law, Radio Times

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As Christmas arrives, households across the UK are planning their TV viewing using the seasonal double issue of Radio Times. First published in 1923 as the BBC’s exclusive guide to its radio and later TV services, the Radio Times remains one of the UK’s biggest-sellers and the double issue routinely sells more than any other single issue of a magazine in the UK.

We look ahead at Christmas week with deputy editor Shem Law. Responsible for the design of the magazine since 2001, Shem has previously worked on Q, The Observer, and The Daily Mail in London, and Allure and Seventeen in New York.

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At Work With: Luke Tonge, The Recorder

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Typeface company Monotype first launched its journal The Recorder in 1902, and it continued to publish type and related technology news until ceasing publication the 1970s. Monotype have recently relaunched it in a bright, magazine-y new format
. We look at the week ahead with its art director Luke Tonge, a Birmingham-based graphic designer previously responsible for Boat magazine.

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At Work With: Daniel Humphry, Off Life

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is a street press comic distributed free in Bristol and London. Initially funded by Kickstarter, editor Daniel Humphry and art director Steve Leard run live drawing events to support the publication. Last month they launched Yellow, an online project recording weekly news – a different artist will respond to a news story each week. We look ahead at Daniel’s week as the third of this ambitious series – by Takayo Akiyama – is published.

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At Work With: Adrian Craddock, Smith Journal

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While in London, editor/producer Adrian Craddock helped develop Monocle24’s programme about magazines, The Stack. Now back in Australia, he was recently appointed editor of  Smith Journal, the Melbourne-based men’s counterpart to women’s title frankie. We look ahead at his week as his first edition of Smith Journal is published.

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November 24, 2014

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At Work With Sam Walton, Hole & Corner

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Sam Walton is an art director who has worked for most of the UK’s major publishers, with titles including Vogue, Elle Decoration and World of Interiors on his CV. He also led the creative team at Spring Creative, where he worked for brands such as Harvey Nichols, COS and Nicole Farhi. Last year he launched quarterly magazine Hole & Corner; we join him as issue four is published.

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November 17, 2014

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At Work With: Seb Emina, The Happy Reader

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We start the new week in Paris with British writer/editor Seb Emina, who was recently named one of ‘the 100 most influential and innovative people working across arts, culture and the creative industries in the UK,’ by the Hospital Club.
This week he’s visiting London for the launch of his new project, The Happy Reader, a beautiful new magazine about reading published as a collaboration between Penguin books and Fantastic Man. Each issue focuses on a classic piece of literature.

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