620 Reading Room update

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Our meet-the-editor sessions at the 620 Reading Room have been going really well, a rare opportunity to meet editors of independent magazines and chat informally. The magazines are getting well-read, the 620 seating tested and and the Postcard Teas tasted. Today’s guests include Rob Orchard from Delayed Gratification and Elana Schlenker from Gratuitous Type.

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Overmatter: 16.09.14

Today in the Vitsoe 620 Reading Room… meet Alec Dudson, editor of Intern. 2-4pm.

As The Financial Times redesigns, editor explains, ‘It’s adapt or die frankly and that’s what we’re doing.’ (more on this here soon).

The original Eye magazine, from the late sixties. That logo!

Bob Newman notes the strong current covers of Time Out New York, designed by Chris Deacon. Interesting comments about the TO logo.

Grafik asks… which magazines should open physical spaces?

You can now be a member of The Guardian.

Editor Penny Martin discusses the new Gentlewoman on The Stack.

No sooner has this week’s Modern Magazine 2014 day gone, then there’s another Printout. Next Tuesday, 23 September, we’re taking a look at photography magazines. Details here.

 

Coming this week: The Modern Magazine 2014

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This Friday sees our Modern Magazine conference return to London. Here’s an overview of what to expect from the day, along with the running order.

As last year, the overarching idea for the day is to celebrate the creativity of the best in editorial design. What links all the invited speakers is the way they all strive to make the most of the magazine format to communicate ideas. Expect plenty of stunning visuals from print, iPad and web from many of our favourite projects.

But a great day of visuals alone is not enough, so there are three themes threaded through the day.

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Vitsoe 620 Reading Room

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Huge thanks to Vitsoe, Rita’s Dining, Postcard Teas and all the magazines taking part for making such as success of last night’s opening of the 620 Reading Room in central London. It’s open tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am–6pm, full details here.

On Sunday we welcome Marina and Dave from The Gourmand for the first meet-the-editors session at 2pm. If you’d like to join us email rsvp@vitsoe.com so we know how many people to expect. Don’t forget to pick up your copy of magmagmag.

After the jump – installation shots.

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The Vitsoe/magCulture 620 Reading Room

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The 620 Reading Room opens at the Vitsoe shop, London, this Saturday. Conceived as an oasis of rest for visitors to London Design Festival, the room offers a chance to try out Vitsoe’s Dieter Rams designed 620 chair programme while sipping tea from Postcard Teas and reading a selection of independent magazines. I’ve selected 20 magazines that together offer a unique overview of today’s independents, with an emphasis on reading to suit the purpose of the project. The selection includes titles from Germany, France, Finland, Canada, Australia, Beirut, the US and UK.

Visitors can also pick up a copy of MagMagMag, a magazine about the 20 selected magazines, edited and designed here at magCulture. Printed in black and white on glossy stock, MagMagMag is deliberately contrary to the prevailing matt aesthetic of indie magazines. Inside you’ll find exclusive interviews with the people behind the magazines alongside excerpts from this blog and further magazine recommendations.

The 620 Reading Room is open every day from Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 September, and we’ve also scheduled some meet-the-editors session over the week. After the jump, details of the 20 magazines and these editor sessions.

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magCulture at the London Design Festival

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We entering into the spirit of London Design Festival this year with two very different but equally exciting events.

Our Modern Magazine 2014 day has been trailed here already – if you haven’t picked up tickets do so soon, they’re moving fast. It promises to be an intense day of editorial goodness aimed at the serious magaholic, with global names from across mainstream and independent publishing providing a glimpse of what the future holds for magazines.

The second event runs for the entire run of LDF. We’re partnering with Vitsoe and Postcard Teas to provide a quiet respite from the bustle of LDF. Visit our 620 Reading Room at Vitsoe’s central London showroom and you can try out their 620 chair programme, sip a cup of Postcard Tea and read one of 20 independent magazines we’ve selected. The 20 represent the breadth of creativity and thinking behind the current growth of independent publishing.

We’ve also worked with Vitsoe to produce a special publication for visitors, featuring interviews with the people behind the selected magazines and their suggestions of further magazines to investigate. Copies of magmagmag will be free to visitors while stocks last (The Modern Magazine 2014 attendees will receive a copy too).

We’ll also be hosting a series of meet-the-editor sessions on afternoons at the 620 Reading Room during LDF, details to follow.

The Modern Magazine 2014Friday 19 September, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, London SE1

The 620 Reading RoomFrom Saturday 13 – Sunday 21 September, Vitsoe, 3–5 Duke Street, London W1U 3ED

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The Gentlewoman #10

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It’s the tenth issue of The Gentlewoman! Featuring Robyn shot by Liz Collins. And a lovely turquoise.

Veronica Ditting, art director of The Gentlewoman, will be speaking later this month at The Modern Magazine 2014.

 

At Work With: Kai Brach, Offscreen

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Kai Brach was a web designer until 2012 when he decided to launch Offscreen, a magazine that explores the life and work of people who use the internet and technology to be creative, solve problems, and build successful businesses. Kai edits, designs and publishes the magazine on his own, splitting his time between Melbourne and Berlin. We look ahead at his week as completes the ninth edition of Offscreen. Kai will be speaking in London next month at The Modern Magazine 2014 conference.

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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.

 

Modern Magazine 2014 update

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With just over four weeks left until this year’s Modern Magazine conference we’re getting into final planning here at magCulture. Over the next couple of weeks there’ll be plenty of updates and additions to share, but today I’m excited to confirm our next speaker on the line-up.

David Moretti is the multi-award winning creative director of the Italian edition of Wired magazine. His designs for the print and iPad editions of the magazine are stunning, more than matching the US and UK editions. Despite my doubts about the future potential of the iPad, David’s digital work is one of the outstanding examples of how to develop beautiful print design and typography for the screen. He’ll be sharing work in both media, offering insight into how the print designer can adapt.

He joins a global line-up of editors and designers brought together to examine the future of magazines:

Adam Moss, editor, New York magazine.
Kai Brach, founder, Offscreen.
Veronica Ditting, art director, The Gentlewoman.
Rob Orchard, founder, Delayed Gratification.
Elana Schlenker, founder, Gratuitous Type.

Peter Houston, blogger and man behind the Magazine Diaries.
Simon Lyle, editor of Hot Rum Cow and new magazine Poppy.
Danny Miller, founder of Little White Lies, revealing his new magazine.
Pekka Toivenen, ‘art dictator’, FAT.

Watch out for further additions, and meanwhile book your tickets here.

What they said about last year’s conference:
A great addition to the conference-calendar, let’s hope it becomes an annual event…’ – Form Fifty Five

‘If the conference was organised like a magazine, its pace and structure was well maintained by its ‘editor’ magCulture’s Jeremy Leslie. A natural extension of his book of the same name, the conference platform enabled many of those featured in his round-up of this “golden age” of magazines to explain why they do what they do. And, more pertinently, how. While newspapers struggle and the climate for print publishing remains rocked by digital, it’s now clear that many magazines, large and small, are continuing to thrive.’Mark Sinclair, Creative Review, December 2013

‘The event delivered a fascinating series of insights into how some of the world’s most creatively-driven and pioneering magazine-makers are taking their craft to the next level’ – review of The Modern Magazine conference, Nick Carson, Computer Arts, December 2013

‘The recurring use of the terms “storytelling”, “conversation” and “passion project” throughout the conference underlined the continued longevity and permanence of the print medium.’ – Disegno