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.

At Work With: Ji-Young Ahn, Neon

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I’ve been in Europe a lot recently and I always return with a copy of Neon – it’s such a refreshing, crisp example of editorial design and art direction. So it’s exciting to be looking ahead at the week through the eyes of the magazine’s art director. Ji-Young Ahn studied communication design in Düsseldorf and has worked on a number of magazines including co-publishing (with Johannes von Gross) her own magazine NUR. We join her as the Neon team complete their move from Munich to Hamburg.

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At Work With: Eric Campbell, Hot Rum Cow

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As well as being managing director of Edinburgh content marketing agency White Light Media, Eric Campbell is creative director of their self-published Hot Rum Cow. Promising ‘Adventures in the World of Drinking’, the magazine has recently published its fifth edition. We look ahead at his week as the first batch of Hot Rum Cow bottled beer runs dry.

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New BBW creative director confirmed

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Robert Vargas, one of Richard Turley’s team at Bloomberg Businessweek, has been confirmed as Richard’s replacement. He’s been responsible for many of the cover executions, but here’s his first as creative director.

Overmatter: 28.05.14


Cathy from Anorak shares some notes from Utrecht’s Cover Day.

Grafik interview GTF’s Paul Neale about the new Modern Design Review, ‘In a way the magazine is a series of ideas daisy-chained together.

Andy Cowles extends his deconstruction of the meaning of red and yellow in print to digital.

Time’s paid-for reference on address label to ad inside issue causes stir.

Future Publishing staff face company-wide job consultation following appointment of new chief executive.

Craig Mod, against Snowfall: ‘The experiment just happened to be attached to an article.

The new issue of You Can Now is now out.

Videos of magazines being printed!

At Work With: Thomas Alberty, New York

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is a rare example of a magazine that has successfully spanned several decades to remain as vital, if not more vital, then ever. From its early days with Milton Glaser as design director, it has boasted a who’s who of US editorial design at its helm. We look ahead at the new week with current design director Thomas Alberty just after his team’s Magazine of the Year win at this years SPD Awards.

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