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.


Overmatter 25.02.13

In London? This year’s LCC Publishing Innovation conference takes place March 7th.

In Dublin? Magazines Ireland are hosting a half-day conference, Publishing 360, on April 24th. I’ll be speaking alongside PPA’s Barry McIlheney, FMG’s Julia Hutchinson and The Week’s Kerin O’Connor.

A quick look at ten of the new crop of food magazines.

The man behind the new ‘T’ at the New York Times T Magazine speaks up.

Ex-creative director, now editor-in-chief, Scott Dadich arrives at US Wired, promises to ‘blow things up’.

On Monocle24’s latest edition of The Stack: editor of the Weekend FT, Caroline Daniel, and Andrew Harrison, recently installed editor of Q magazine. Plus a report on Greek magazine Parallaxi.

Just back from QVED in Munich (review to follow) where Bidoun creative director Babak Radboy announced that their upcoming new issue would be the final one.


Overmatter 28.01.13

Mr Magazine examines the idea that magazines will follow the way of music, decides they do have one thing in common – the letter ‘M’.

Seems design agency Pentagram and music trade mag Billboard agree, as the former redesigns the latter.

And here is Mr M again, sharing the failure of magazines that gave up on print.

Meanwhile, Poynter reports that ‘print’s financial future may last longer than expected.

‘Content’ might be the latest marketing wheeze but there is good content and bad content, argues Paul Keers.

A history of the early days of Print magazine.

Condé Nast UK are to launch a young version of Vogue, ignoring the US name Teen Vogue in favour of the more demure Miss Vogue.

Forget the tax return – the D&AD 2013 Awards deadline looms: this Wednesday, January 30th. And coming soon, the Design Week Awards.


Overmatter 07.01.13

The Observer continues to highlight new print magazines, this time in literary New York.

Magazine. Critique. Middle East: hello, Journal Junkie.

Mr Magazine sees off Newsweek’s print edition.

Reader’s Digest UK operation closes retail division but plans to keep mag going.

MagPile Awards now in first stage of judging, shortlists soon.


Ten things to look out for in 2013

• The continued reworking of UK Harper’s Bazaar by Marissa Bourke.

• The redesign of Wallpaper* by recently appointed creative director Sarah Douglas (with art director Lee Belcher).

• Issue two of indie motorbike mag Head Full of Snakes.

• This years AGI Open conference, here in London this September.

• The reinvention of of US Wired by new editor-in-chief Scott Dadich.

The Guardian entering its post-Mark Porter era with Alex Breuer as creative director.

• Sadly, more publishers responding in idiotic fashion to closures.

• While others continue to launch exciting new titles (check last year’s launches).

• A new magazine conference taking place in Munich at the end of February, news to come.

• And lastly a shameless plug: the publication of my new book ‘The Modern Magazine’ in September.


Overmatter 21.12.12

Monocle24’s The Stack goes native tomorrow, with host Tyler Brulé talking to the Monocle magazine team about their editorial highlights of the year and how they see the industry changing in the new year. Editor Andrew Tuck, Creative Director Richard Spencer Powell and Photo Director, Poppy Shibamoto all feature.

A Flickr pool full of The Face.

Newspapers: it’s not the drop in print ad sales but the small scale of digital revenues that matters according to The Atlantic.

Newmanology has the best collection of Christmas front covers. Jingle, jingle!


Overmatter 03.12.12

News Corp finally closes their iPad-only ‘newspaper’ The Daily; last issue December 15. Cue ‘the end of digital’ stories. See what I wrote on its launch.
UPDATE: An insider’s story.

This is how The Economist is dealing with digital: charging separately for it.

A look back at M magazine, published in the eighties for ‘The Civilized Man’.

Don’t forget this weeks New York meeting of the Little Magazine Coalition.

And if you’re in Cyprus later this month, MagDossier is a must-see.