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.
Off Life 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.
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.
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.
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.
There’s a great new book about editorial design out this week, by designer/educator Cath Caldwell. Cath developed her passion for editorial design working in New York, where she worked for Condé Nast. She has also art directed the British edition of Elle and is a founding member of the Editorial Design Organisation. Today she is senior lecturer on the Graphic Communication Design courses at London’s Central Saint Martins, encouraging students to follow editorial design. We look ahead at her week as the book ‘Editorial Design: Print and Digital’ is published.
Amelia Gregory is a photographer who launched her own magazine, Amelia’s Magazine, in 2004 and produced ten issues until the final print edition in 2009. Since then she’s continued to publish writing, photography and illustration on the Amelia’s website alongside the occasional book. We look ahead at her week as she launches her first Kickstarter campaign, aimed at raising funds for a book based on an open brief to artists and writers (details below). The book will mark the tenth anniversary of Amelia’s and if the campaign goes well it may be followed by a new print edition of the magazine.
Scott King is Professor of Visual Communication at UAL, where he has just helped relaunch the quarterly magazine produced by the journalism course at LCC. Previously he has worked as art director of i-D and creative director of Sleazenation, creating iconic front covers that question the magazine process. He has collaborated with a number of figures working where art and commerce meet, including Pet Shop Boys, Malcolm McLaren and Morrissey, and his art works have been exhibited in major institutions across the world. We look ahead at his week as the first edition of the LCC magazine Artefact is distributed.
A few weeks ago the Financial Times launched a complete redesign of its print edition. As the new design settles into regular production we look ahead at the week with Kevin Wilson (above left), head of design and graphics at the newspaper since 2008, and design consultant Mark Leeds (right). The two previously worked together at The Guardian, where they contributed to the 2005 redesign. Since then Leeds has been part of the teams behind the reinvention of Bloomberg Businessweek and Elle UK.
We start the new week with art director and photographer Kai von Rabenau. After studying graphics in London at Central St. Martins, Kai moved back to Berlin and founded independent interview magazine mono.kultur. Every issue is given over to a single interview with one artist. Ten years later, we join him as the 37th edition of mono.kultur is about to be published, the long-planned James Nachtwey issue.