Overmatter: 06.06.14

The end of an era as the last British mag for teenage girls, Bliss, closes.

Meanwhile, the return of Grafik magazine as a website was celebrated at Protein’s studio in Shoreditch.

Stand and Deliver will be a new magazine about comedy, from the people behind Northern Correspondent. Kickstarting now.

Inside the New York Times digital strategy – how they direct readers from story to story.

Editorial designer and post-grad student Lisa Charlotte Rost is asking people to read three different magazine layouts and quickly evaluate them as part of her Master’s Degree research. Help her!

A few tickets remain for next Tuesday’s Future of Publishing forum at Protein, London. Feat. me, Steve Watson, Dazed and The Gourmand.


Overmatter: 08.04.14

The new issue of Adbusters has a hole in it; Atheneaum have the pix.

List alert! And what a list… 101 music front covers, from 1937–2014, courtesy of Bob Newman. Follow-up already under way.

Mary Berner, CEO and president of MPA, explains why ‘magazines aren’t screwed,’ (though story URL implies otherwise).

The Association of Illustrators presents The Illustrators Guide to Business, a two-day course alongside this years Pick Me Up at Somerset House (attendees get 20% off tickets to PMU).

Nuts squeezed out – it wasn’t just the boobs, apparently.

Digital… print… the substrate is irrelevant. It’s all about reading,’ – Bo Sacks at Digital Innovators’ Summit in Berlin.


Overmatter 10.12.13

We believe in print, we love print, and what we’re doing is creating a way to ensure the print magazine is published for years,’ – Adam Moss, editor of New York explains the decision to drop to fortnightly publication.

Enjoy every cover of i-D ever, a unique record of youth culture.

The Daily Mirror launches intriguing new diagram-based news site Ampp3d.

032c has a smart new site.

Who will you vote for in the Coverjunkie cover of the year poll?

At last! Blogosphere, the magazine for bloggers.


Overmatter 03.12.13

It’s easier to start a newspaper than save one,’ say the publishers of Australia’s soon-come The Saturday Paper.

Ex-editor Dylan Jones profiles i-D founder Terry Jones as he withdraws from the magazine after selling it to Vice.

New York magazine confirms it will end weekly publication in favour of every two weeks from March…

…despite ‘revenue of around $3 million a week.’ Can that be right?

Wired, Cosmo main winners in AdWeek’s survey of US mags. Interesting comparing the choices with the reader’s choices.

‘e-commerce, digital discoverability and multi-platform reach’ important to PPA says CEO Barry McIlheney.


Overmatter 13.11.13

The redesigned Independent astutely analysed by Andy Cowles, ‘…they just haven’t gone far enough.

US Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles talks digital, ‘It’s all changing, all the time, and it’s incredibly exciting.’

Photographer Nick Knight discusses the rise of the iPhone and Instagram.

Preston is My Paris have a sleek new website featuring all their publications.

Magazines come is many guises. Graphic design journal Neue Grafik (originally 1958–1965) is republished in full by Lars Muller…

…while Fortean Times celebrate their 40th year with this front cover archive for The Guardian.

No joke – The Onion gives up their print edition.


Overmatter 06.09.13

A two-part interview with Fernando Guiterrez about working with Tibor Kalman on Colors, in particular the wonderful word-free issue 13 – part one and part two.

Net a Porter reveals the name of its soon-come new magazine: Porter.

Missed this earlier – British Vogue made a video for schools, revealing behind-the-scenes tricks of fashion photography.

New magazine: Pages Of, ‘a home for stories you won’t find anywhere else.’ has launched a Kickstarter campaign.

The new issue of Vintage magazine looks wonderful. Magazine-y!

Australian mag Monster Children have a book celebrating their first ten years, cleverly titled ‘Ten Years of Monster Children Magazine’. Out 1 October.

Meatpaper announces its final, twentieth, issue about the future of meat.


Overmatter 10.05.13

Interesting look at the decision-making behind headline design at the New York Times.

Steven Heller at Print interviews Lucas López and Mauro López about their Acido Surtido magazine.

Condé Nast closes the print edition of Easy Living – will continue as web-only project.

Yet according to the PPA print still accounts for 78% of publisher’s income

Grazia’s Jane Bruton bigs up print, ‘the magazine sets the tone across all our platforms.’

Magazine-in-a-frisbee Freestyle is using Kickstarter to raise funds for a fourth issue.


Overmatter 26.04.13

Creative Review produce their biggest issue ever: 230 pages including their ‘Annual’ best of last year. Includes a profile of the new Human After All agency that’s grown out of the Church of London.

Urban music mag Vibe is bought and closed by company that did the same to Spin.

Out now: fourth edition of Bristol comic mag Off Life.

I’m doing a live interview with Jop and Gert from Fantastic Man at What Design Can Do, next month in Amsterdam.

New food magazine: Cherry Bombe looks at women and food.


Overmatter 24.04.13

Bauer closes More: writer recalls the sex positions of the week, designer shares illustrations.

Another golden age of magazines discovered – welcome to the ninteties.

Today’s best according to this year’s PPA Awards shortlist.

Richard Turley from Bloomberg Businessweek and Debbi Evans from Libertine talks magazines on last week’s The Stack.

This coming weekend It’s Nice That have a zine workshop at Tate Modern.

Question: who owns the digital technology decisions in publishing companies?

New magazine: Hole & Corner celebrates craft, from May this year.


Overmatter 07.03.13

Time Warner – Meredith talks come to an end; TW magazines to be spun off as new company. UPDATE: SPD Blog has text of internal memo announcing the news.

In London, Time Warner’s IPC Media oust their editorial/design head Andy Cowles.

Another website, this time NSFWCorp, plans a print magazine.

A brief interview with Milton Glazer (thanks Pete).

Forbes points out, ‘Iconic is not a business Model.’

Head of the Dennis Media Factory, Alex Watson, highlights the grey areas.

After Monocle editor’s interest in buns, a Dubai caterer can supply magazine-styled cakes.