As editor-in-chief, publisher and art art director of 200%, Thierry Somers seeks out artists who are prepared to go to any lengths for their art – hence the name – and interviews them in-depth. The collaborative nature of the relationship between publisher and subject means stories can take years to come to fruition; to date four issues of 200% have been published as a book-ish magazine, and we join Thierry as issue five arrives in shops as a hardback book.
The smartly-titled Riposte magazine was launched by editor Danielle Pender and creative director Shaz Madani in 2013 as an alternative to mainstream women’s magazines. Danielle is also curator at KK Outlet, the London office of the Dutch communication agency KesselsKramer. We join her just after the arrival of the second issue of her magazine.
Arts librarian Andy Gray and retail designer Becky Palfery opened their magazine shop Colours May Vary in Leeds eighteen months ago. We meet them as they prepare to open their first events space and launch a range of commissioned screenprints.
Peter Houston runs Flipping Pages Media, providing training and consultancy to publishers as they look to merge print and digital. He also writes the Flipping Pages blog, is a regular judge at the Digital magazine Awards, and is chair of this years Scottish Magazine Awards. He’s just launched The Magazine Diaries, an initiative to record the disruption in our industry and raise money for MagAid.
I’ve been in Europe a lot recently and I always return with a copy of Neon – it’s such a refreshing, crisp example of editorial design and art direction. So it’s exciting to be looking ahead at the week through the eyes of the magazine’s art director. Ji-Young Ahn studied communication design in Düsseldorf and has worked on a number of magazines including co-publishing (with Johannes von Gross) her own magazine NUR. We join her as the Neon team complete their move from Munich to Hamburg.
As well as being managing director of Edinburgh content marketing agency White Light Media, Eric Campbell is creative director of their self-published Hot Rum Cow. Promising ‘Adventures in the World of Drinking’, the magazine has recently published its fifth edition. We look ahead at his week as the first batch of Hot Rum Cow bottled beer runs dry.
New York is a rare example of a magazine that has successfully spanned several decades to remain as vital, if not more vital, then ever. From its early days with Milton Glaser as design director, it has boasted a who’s who of US editorial design at its helm. We look ahead at the new week with current design director Thomas Alberty just after his team’s Magazine of the Year win at this years SPD Awards.
We have a slightly late start to the week as we join Berlin-based Alexander Scholz, creative director of new magazine HOLO, as he heads of to New York for their US launch. The 200-page magazine spans the space between art, design and technology in a manner aimed at non-specialists, and makes great use of design, photography, illustration and production techniques.
Danny Sturgess is a London-based digital designer and part of the team behind independent iPad magazine Stipla, the first edition of which was published late last year. We look ahead at his week as the app receives recognition as App of the Year by the SPD at their annual awards ceremony in New York.
New Irish magazine Póg Mo Goal (Kiss My Goal) combines two current trends in independent publishing, being a football magazine that’s developed from an existing website. The site has been published online from Dublin for the last four years, initially covering local football but expanding to provide international coverage. As the brothers behind the project prepare to launch the print edition, we look ahead at the week with designer/co-editor Kie Carew.