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’.

 

 

Overmatter: 05.08.14

The Good Housekeeping Institute becomes an actual place.

The Gentlewoman art director (and speaker at this year’s Modern Magazine conference) Veronica Ditting shares a few words with Computer Arts, ‘as a designer it’s about the dialogue you have with your collaborators.’ And read my associated piece about type and editorial.

iPhone mag The Magazine switches to off-the-shelf platform TypeEngine.

UK GQ editor Dylan Jones muses on the state of the magazine industry, ‘there are lots of people running around like headless chickens complaining that the world is over. But there will be winners and losers.

UK Esquire art director David McCendrick signs off to launch new venture with Wallpaper*’s Lee Belcher, sharing thoughts with It’s Nice That, ‘the only rule is that if you ever meet someone famous, get a thumbs-up pic for your mum.

Inside Four & Sons, the magazine that looks at, ‘what happens when we look at all aspects of the life we live… from a ‘dog-centric’ point of view.

…and Puss Puss offers a cat-centric alternative.

Thanks Lucas for including The Modern Magazine in this round-up of design books.

 

Varoom! x The Face

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The latest issue of the AOI’s magazine Varoom! has a lengthy look at The Face and it’s use of illustration by illustrator/educator Lawrence Zeegan. Besides the familiar nostalgic warm bath of early covers and spreads, the piece offers a surprising alternative history of the magazine and its use of illustration, something I hjad forgotten until now.

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At Work With: Thierry Somers, 200%

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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.

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At Work With: Peter Houston, Flipping Pages

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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.

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Overmatter: 10.06.14


The latest cleverness from The Newspaper Club is Paper Later – find out more and sign up for Beta here.

Steve interviews Rosa from Cereal as issue six lands, ‘Every single feature is commissioned by us and exclusive to us and we hold the license to that for up to a year.

And the Athenaeum interview Jens from Tissue as the centrepiece of a focus on the new erotica mags.

I like the look of this history of the Royal College of Art’s student mag Ark.

The final, eighth, issue of typography mag 8 Faces is just out now, featuring interviews with founder Elliot Jay Stocks, Steven Heller and, ahem, me. Buy it here.

The online auction for Bob Newman ends tomorrow, June 11. Buy an original illustration/photograph and help him fund his medical bills.

Stock is arriving here for the relaunch of our online shop and this weekend’s Monocle Summer Fayre. Details to follow.

 

Overmatter: 16.05.14


Collector’s Edition covers innovative graphics across many fields including editorial design. Book on the way plus blog.

The French Magazine Awards: Closer wins best coup for their story about the President, and Stylist wins Print Innovation.

Fascinating piece on The Atlantic site asks ‘What is a Book?’ and looks at how reading and use affects the physical item.

While the firing of NY Times executive editor Jill Abramson continues to attract headlines, figures show their new focus on paid content doesn’t bother readers.

Sadly, Core77’s daily magazine C77 Design Daily for New York Design Week didn’t get funded.

I’m on Monocle24’s The Stack tomorrow talking about some old favourites and an exciting new title, alongside a report from Printout Bristol – Update: hear the show here.

 

Overmatter: 07.05.14


Grafik reviews Steven Heller’s 100 Classic Graphic Design Journals.

The PPA announces its 2014 Awards shortlist, including the chance to vote for your favourite front cover. Congratulations to nominees.

Meanwhile the ISTD has launched its International Typographic Awards 2014; closing date June 14.

Bob Newman’s latest Folio column takes a look at Politico’s latest front cover. ‘I like the simple, unadorned design of this cover a lot.

Looks like Good magazine is returning to print, two years after going digital-only.

A quick review of the new Noble Rot.

Advertising Age art director Jesper Goransson talks through his latest front cover for the mag.

See you Thursday night at Printout Bristol.

 

Linefeed MagHaul

A big welcome back to Melbourne’s Linefeed magazine review vid, this time featuring Gratuitous Type, Art Review, Curious Iconic Craft, The Modern Magazine plus many other mag-related items – 30 minutes of pure magazine goodness, set to Michael’s dulcet tones.

Set some time aside and enjoy. And look out for the magnificent Cat People.

 

At Work With: Francesco Franchi, IL Magazine


Francesco Franchi is an Italian editorial designer who has been applying his theories for a new paradigm of news design to IL Magazine, the monthly magazine of newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. The result has been a multiple award-winning exposition of typographic and infographic invention, a thrilling visual treat that transcends its Italian-only execution. We join him as his first book on the subject of news design is published, itself a tour de force of design featuring many of the leading figures of contemporary editorial design.

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