Out now: Print Is Dead. Long Live Print

There is so much interest in independent magazines and the people behind them here in London today that barely a week goes by without another panel discussion or presentation. This is part of a broader trend – the ease of connecting online has encouraged a desire to connect in person with like-minded people across most creative disciplines – and long may it last.

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Overmatter 18.02.15

This miserable story of corrupt influence at the once grand old British newspaper the Daily Telegraph reminds us why we should remain aware of the difference between advertising and editorial. Essential reading…

…not least because the same newspaper has just launched Spark, its new ‘native-ad number crunching’ division.

Dirty Furniture founder examines the appeal of fresh ink, ‘there was a time when everyone wrote a novel or started a band, now it is just as likely they will launch a magazine.’

All redesigns cause some amount of consternation for regular readers…Editor Jake Silverstein prepared his readers for this weekend’s New York Times Magazine redesign with this column last Sunday. More here soon.

Monocle24 radio is moving to full 24-hour programming.

Odd One Out fails to make crowdfunding target, goes ahead anyway.

Google teams up with Visual Editions to ‘think outside the book.

The Green Soccer Journal has a new issue out; plus a brand new website.

A look at the illustrations commissioned  for Gawker.


Overmatter 27.01.15

The Gourmand have confirmed an exciting series of events based on their latest issue at the Ace Hotel, London. Expect hot dogs, food from liberace’s cookbook and talks and installations.

Grafik meets Peter Bi’lak, the man behind Works That Work. And they need your support.

Print lives on not through ubiquity, but in selective, effective usage.

Is the ‘self-destructing book’ the future of publishing?

In New York? ‘This program trains students not only in the traditions of criticism and fine writing — but also offers a variety of… experiences that teach them how to design, edit, and distribute journals…

Table Talk is fundraising for issue two via Indiegogo. See Steve’s video review of no1 for Stack.

Monoskop has a a great archive of a modernist magazines. Enjoy!

With editorial operations suspended, the future of what remains of the Modern Farmer brand is uncertain.

NYTimes executive editor Dean Baquet interviewed by Spiegel:  ‘We were arrogant, to be honest. We looked down on those new competitors, and I think we’ve come to realize that was wrong.’

Great to the BBC heading into the unknown with their new Taster platform.


Overmatter: 20.11.14

A rare look at a contemporary Iranian magazine, Hengam (thanks Andrew).

Offlife comic is launching an ambitious project, Yellow, commissioning 52 artists to record the news over the next year; names such as Jean Julien, Paul Davis, Simon Spilsbury and Takayo Akiyama will each take a week’s news.

It’s Nice That meets Becky Smith, founder of Twin.

NY Times to invest millions in their weekly magazine under new editor Jake Silverstein and CD Gail Bichler.

Issue ten of The Ride Journal is available on pre-order now.

Dave Trott makes an eloquent argument for the importance of presentation of content, ‘the best books are the ones you actually read.

David Moretti’s move from Wired Italia to US Wired is confirmed.

‘The Print Handbook’ looks like a very useful source book for anyone taking projects to print (thanks Adrian).


At Work With: Cath Caldwell, CSM

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.

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Overmatter: 06.11.14

I thought it sounded like an Onion parody.’ – The New Yorker looks at the success of Modern Farmer.

Talking of which, make space on your shelf for ‘The Iconic Covers That Transformed an Undeserving World.’ – the best Onion front cover spoofs.

What Danny, Paul and Rob did next… Weapons of Reason is at print, landing next week.

The problem with intrusive digital advertising, ‘We’re enabling a riotous media circus that treats all content as equal.’

Don’t forget the first Stack evening, next Monday, 10 November, featuring Hello Mr, Gym Class Magazine and Root + Bone.

In New York? If you’re really quick you can catch Ruth Ansell this evening (6 November) at BGC Gallery. And don’t miss Chris Dixon and Christian Schwartz discussing the redesign of Vanity Fair, 11 November.

Indie mag subscription service to launch in India – welcome Paper Planes; more here.

Way back I helped launch Bare magazine; original art director Kirsten Willey is planning to bring it back – support her!


At Work With: Amelia Gregory, Amelia’s Magazine

Amelia Gregory at work 2014-magculture
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.

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Overmatter: 07.10.14

Lovely to see ‘Pamphlet of typographic smut’ Gratuitous Type brought to life at KK Outlet, London. Exhibition continues until the end of October.

Little White Lies creative director Timba Smits discusses the magazine with three illustrators next week at Foyles bookshop, to mark the new collection of film reviews from the magazine, ‘What I Love About Movies’. London, 14 October (next Tuesday).

SPD Blog highlights the beautiful editorial typography of Otto Storch.

Monocle’s david Plaisant bemoans the closure of the magazine’s local newsagent, ‘The passing of Green’s has resulted in something of a campaign…That campaign continues on the last two editions of The Stack (nos 109 & 110) with lengthy discussion of magazine retail. Recommended.

New biannual travel magazine Diaries Of is raising money via Ulele.

Condé Nast UK profits fall as they spend on ecommerce and technology.

Eye reviews The Modern Magazine 2014, ‘an enthusiastic celebration of the power of editorial design.

Overmatter: 03.10.14

Next week in New York: Penny Martin, Charlotte Cotton and photographers Inez & Vinoodh discuss the influence of the eighties style mags on todays independents. 8 October, New Museum.

Varoom! editor acts the flaneur to track down Flaneur magazine.

How New Yorker cover illustrations have developed a post-9/11 edge.

Creative Review takes a look at the upcoming Little White Lies book.

What exactly is going on here?’ asks US Vogue as it discovers young people making indie mags. Who knew!

Behind the scenes at the New York Times, an excerpt from a young reporters memoir.

Unmapped have their new issue, themed Water, online now.

Cellardoor is a woman’s online magazine currently Kickstarting to launch a print edition.

At Work With returns on Monday


Overmatter: 25.09.14

It’s Nice That go behind the scenes of the redesign of Elephant magazine.

Tomorrow is the entry deadline for The Digital Magazine Awards.

The AOI present the best entries to their 2014 Illustration Awards at Somerset House, London from 2 October.

Selectism takes a quick look at our magmagmag collaboration with Vitsoe.

Amelia’s Magazine returns for an anniversary one-off.

A big welcome to Lagom magazine.

The new creative team at the New York Times Magazine begin to make their mark, dropping ‘The One-Page Magazine’.

Big logo on your magazine website? Wrong! says David Hepworth.

Grafik reviews the Index A-Z  book.

Gasconder has a nicely linked round-up of recent magazine news.

Wired repurposes an excerpt from our recent Visual Editions project ‘Kitten Clone’.