An intriguing recent publishing trend has been the number of print magazines being launched by digital companies. One of the best is The Pitchfork Review, published quarterly by the Chicago-based music website Pitchfork.com. We start this week in the company of the man responsible for the look of both print and digital sides of the business, creative director Michael Renaud. As well as his role at Pitchfork, Michael is known for ‘The Show n Tell Show,’ his online interviews with designers.
I’ve recently had the chance to spend time with two of the principals of Lucky Peach – editor Chris Ying (at U Symposium) and art director Walter Green (at QVED) – and can confirm they live their magazine. These guys are committed to food of every type! We start the new week with Walter, now back at work in San Francisco. Before Lucky Peach he worked at McSweeney’s and The New York Times Magazine, as well as contributing illustrations to New York, Bloomberg Businessweek The Atlantic. He was recently named one of Print magazine’s New Visual Artists, and one of The L Magazine’s 30 Under 30; if that’s not remarkable enough, he’s not even pushing 30, turning 25 this week.
When on the hunt for intriguing, new magazines, one of our go-to sites is distributor Antenne Book’s website – a constant source of new titles. Although we regularly check their site to see whether the next issue of Wax, Noon or Kaleidoscope is out, we wondered what being an independent magazine distributor is like day-to-day. As they share the same building as us, we decided to pop over and start the week off by chatting with sales manager Bryony Lloyd, who filled us in on all the distributor details.
Port launched in 2011, offering its readers a forward-looking alternative to traditional – and very 20th century – men’s magazines by focusing in-depth on design, food, literary thought-pieces and interviews with men of style and distinction who have something interesting to say, not necessarily something to merely plug. It’s been a while since their last issue, so we start the week off with a welcome update from editor and co-founder Dan Crowe, who explains what Port have planned for this year as well as introducing some other projects in the pipeline.
The National Art Library is the Victoria and Albert Museum’s public reference library, and also serves as the V&A’s curatorial department for the art, craft and design of the book. During a recent visit I was excited to discover the collection includes an ever-growing number of magazines. We start this week At Work With Marc Ward, the man responsible for that collection of comics, journals and magazines.
The first issue of Table Talk appeared last summer, a Kickstarter-funded experiment by New York student Benjamin Moe. The ambition behind it was compelling, just the type of thing an upstart new literary mag should be attempting. Stories are based around a theme linking otherwise unconnected material, and contributors come from beyond the literary world. Moe imagines them sharing conversation over dinner – hence the name. We look ahead at his week as issue II goes to print.
Martin Skelton has spent most of his career working in education, first as a teacher and then as a founding partner in what grew to become an international education consultancy business. While traveling he was impressed by the magazines and magazine shops he discovered, and late last year he left the consultancy to open a magazine shop in Brighton. We join him as his shop ends its second month in business.
Cristina Merino is editor-and-chief of The Plant, a journal dedicated to a fresh look at the horticultural. Founded in 2011 with art-directors Isabel Merino and Carol Montpart, the biannual journal features the work of photographers, illustrators and designers who share their love of plants. We start the week at Christina’s desk as she contemplates issue eight of the magazine and eagerly anticipates the arrival of spring.
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.
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.