You may have noticed the images of sprawling sunbathers on colourful towels that have been circulating on Instagram and Twitter recently: the bright, tongue-and-cheek cover images for the new issue of Printed Pages. James Cartwright has been editor of the It’s Nice That magazine since Winter 2013, writing daily articles for the website whilst simultaneously organising and curating the content for the art and design publication. Recently, Printed Pages announced that they’re going larger and bi-annual, and so we caught up with James the week of issue nine’s launch.
Hanna Hanra edits Beat, the quarterly music magazine distributed free in records shops, music venues, clothing stores and restaurants around the world. The publication began showing up in the likes of Rough Trade and Sister Ray in 2010, noticeable for its colourful covers and emphasis on contemporary style and photography over pop nostalgia. As well as making the magazine, Hanna writes for the likes of The Guardian, Vogue, GQ Style and The Sunday Times, and has spent many evenings DJing in various clubs worldwide. We start the week off speaking with Hanna after the release of issue 14 of Beat.
Following Easter weekend – the perfect time for mini-breaks to favourite cities – we start the week off by speaking with Alex Bagner, editor of onefinestay’s journal Guestbook. The holiday rental website publishes the free lifestyle magazine for their hosts and guests, and the stories inside are dedicated to making readers feel at home in a new city. We speak with Alex as the magazine’s new, stripped-back redesign for issue eight is published.
An exciting recent development in US publishing has been Condé Nast’s investment in Wired magazine. The appointment of Scott Dadich as editor-in-chief and the subsequent building of a new creative team has seen a reinvigorated print edition and a huge investment in digital. Following the recent relaunch of wired.com, we look ahead at the week with Billy Sorrentino, head of creative, executive creative director across the whole Wired project. Sorrentino was previously design director at Condé Nast’s Editorial Development Group, where he worked closely with Dadich on the development of the company’s digital editions.
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.