Overmatter: 20.08.14

The highest-selling UK iPad mag, The Economist, sells 21k copies a week. See full ABC table.

Enjoy this beautiful set of images from Modern Farmer magazine.

I love that there are more independent food magazines out there than ever before!’ Athenaeum interview Fiorella Valdesolo from Gather Journal.

Three magazine events you need to know about’ according to Steve at Stack. Thanks Steve!

From magazine to website – Company goes digital-only.

Pivot is a smart-looking sports mag project from recent design graduate Max Amato in New York.

35 covers of The New Yorker.

Finally, congratulations to Gail Bichler, just appointed as Arem Duplessis’s successor as design director at the New York Times Magazine.

 

At Work With: Myles Estey, Makeshift

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If you listened to this weekend’s The Stack on Monocle24 you’d have heard me and Rob from Delayed Gratification highlight the new redesigned Makeshift, a quarterly magazine that specialises in uncovering stories of hidden creativity from across the world. So I’m pleased to look ahead at the new week through the eyes of the magazine’s editor in chief Myles Estey.

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Overmatter: 12.08.14

New Kickstarter-backed launch HrdCvr hires Claudia de Almeida, late of US Wired, as creative director.

iPad magazine pioneer Joe Zeff closes studio to work in-house at Scrollmotion, ‘The publishing business has been an elevator that continues to move down. This is the chance to get on an elevator moving up.’

‘Bookazines’ aren’t just a horrible made-up name, they’re also threatening the magazine newsstand.

As parent companies rush to hive off their print businesses, The New York Times reports on the death of the newspaper; ‘If this is the future… what is underway may be a kind of mercy killing.

…while Michael Wolff is in more positive mood, ‘the powers that be aren’t so much taking our livelihood from us as they are giving it back.

Bob Newman recalls the early front covers of Wire.

‘Fuck the begrudgers,’ says publisher as British Vogue hits a record 462 pages for this years September issue (including a record 293 ad pages).

Confessions of a magazine editor, ‘it’s all in such dramatic flux that it’s very easy to make errors.

 

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.

 

At Work With: Nicholas Cary, Alquimie

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Nicholas Cary is co-founder and creative director of Melbourne-based magazine Alquimie, a quarterly about all types of drink. Before Alquimie he co-founded, edited and art directed Process Journal, producing eight issues of the the award-winning design title before leaving in 2012 to start his own design practice ThoughtAssembly. He looks ahead at his week as issue three of Alquimie arrives with subscribers.

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Overmatter: 23.07.14

It’s always great to see Scott King’s ‘Sink Amercian Vogue’ project, a highlight of last years The Modern Magazine day.

Keep it gridded (but not too gridded)’ – 10 rules for better editorial design.

Editor Alec Dudson talks to Athenaeum about issue two of Intern, ‘this last two years or so have seen a huge rise in the number of quality independent magazines out there.

It’s Nice That’s Studio Audience podcast looks ahead at our Fiera project.

Bob Newman looks back at Jill magazine, ‘the design was sleek and understated, with hints of New Wave typography.

MagFest gets better and better – James Brown added to line-up, 5 September, Edinburgh.

Iceberg Press is a new magazine publisher launched to take over The Simple Things from Future.

Extraordinary it still needs saying, but Digiday points out ‘Fonts still matter in digital media.

Paul Keers reminds content marketers that magazines still matter to their business, despite  it being ‘easier to get attention for our work in digital, which everyone wants to talk about.

New Elsie magazine alert – more on this soon.

And finally, a big appreciative welcome to the new New Yorker site.

 

At Work With: Danielle Pender, Riposte

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The smartly-titled Riposte magazine was launched by editor Danielle Pender and creative director Shaz Madani in 2013 as an alternative to mainstream women’s magazines. Danielle is also curator at KK Outlet, the London office of the Dutch communication agency KesselsKramer. We join her just after the arrival of the second issue of her magazine.

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Overmatter: 02.07.14


IPCMedia becomes the first consumer publisher to become a full member of the Content Marketing Association.

New Zealand’s Pie Paper sounds interesting; interview by Athenaeum.

Bob Bateman, launch art director of Creative Review, remembered.

Little White Lies founder Danny Miller announces new magazine: ‘Al Gore’s style (Knowledge + Experience + Rich Global Context = Connection) really resonated with me.

Bob Newman asks, ‘Why do liberal magazine covers look so much better and smarter than their conservative counterparts?

Steven Heller reviews new book about legenadary art director Alex Liberman. As editorial director of Condé Nast until 1993, he ‘tore up many of those tenets to which he once swore allegiance, challenging the dominance of fine typography and balanced layout.’ Condé Nast are only now digging themselves out of that particular hole.

The newly independent Time Inc want to ‘build the next LinkedIn or Facebook.

Port reports on Fiera, the new magazine Katie Tregidden and I are Kickstarting. Support us!

 

Overmatter: 18.06.14


The New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff selects his favourite cartoons from the mag.

NASCAPAS offer some more World Cup front covers.

Eye have posted a 2003 interview with David King (Sunday Times, City Limits) on their blog; ‘I still design my books using full-scale xeroxes on the light box, which I then give to others to transfer to computer.

Stack has an interview with Dave Lane from The Gourmand.

Read my ten-point guide to launching a magazine, written for YCN magazine; and my 100 Words contribution to the Magazine Diaries.

Anorak founder Cathy Olmedillas looks back at Sleazenation, At first, I simply didn’t get it. But that’s precisely why I fell in love with it, because it made me question things.’

The Royal Mail bans Drum magazine for front cover swearing.

Pickles has a digital World Cup special.

New magazine: the North East calls! Welcome to the Tusk Journal.

If you have a few spare days you might enjoy this selection of magazine-related content (thanks Kati).

Most celebrated radical magazines come from the left; Steven Heller looks at one from the right, Borghese.

 

The Netherlands World Cup cover

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My friend  Jaap Biemans – Mr Coverjunkie – has designed this front cover for Dutch newspaper supplement Volkskrant. Based on a set of football stickers, each miniature cover represents a subject in the football-themed issue.