Overmatter: 14.11.14


This week’s Kim Kardashian Paper cover by Jean Paul Goode is dividing people, and in the process having texactly the effect the editors intended. Even the usually relaxed CoverJunkie is upset by it.

The SPD is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a pumped up awards programme…

…and next Wednesday they host a talk in NY by David Moretti. A must-see for his work in print and iPad.

A NY convenience store owner discusses declining newspaper sales (thanks Andrew).

For some reason this piece I wrote for Computer Arts has just bubbled up again on Twitter, so I share it again here, Typography and Editorial Design.

Help new mag Atlas stretch their Kickstarter target; and don’t forget Amelia’s Magazine is still fundraising too

Our upcoming Printout Magazines of the Year night is shaping up nicely. London, 25 November.

Finally, I hope to see you in Madrid today at SNDe’s NH11 conference.

 

QVED2015 Munich – dates announced

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February 2015 may seem a long way away but it’s going to be here quicker than you think! So get planning now for a trip to Munich for QVED2015. I’m co-hosting again alongside Boris Kochan, Horst Moser and Mike Koedinger and we’re busy putting together another great line-up of editorial speakers. Already confirmed: Steven Heller and Roger Black.

More names will be confirmed over next few months, but early bird tickets are already available online.

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Overmatter: 06.11.14


I thought it sounded like an Onion parody.’ – The New Yorker looks at the success of Modern Farmer.

Talking of which, make space on your shelf for ‘The Iconic Covers That Transformed an Undeserving World.’ – the best Onion front cover spoofs.

What Danny, Paul and Rob did next… Weapons of Reason is at print, landing next week.

The problem with intrusive digital advertising, ‘We’re enabling a riotous media circus that treats all content as equal.’

Don’t forget the first Stack evening, next Monday, 10 November, featuring Hello Mr, Gym Class Magazine and Root + Bone.

In New York? If you’re really quick you can catch Ruth Ansell this evening (6 November) at BGC Gallery. And don’t miss Chris Dixon and Christian Schwartz discussing the redesign of Vanity Fair, 11 November.

Indie mag subscription service to launch in India – welcome Paper Planes; more here.

Way back I helped launch Bare magazine; original art director Kirsten Willey is planning to bring it back – support her!

 

Overmatter: 04.11.14

The New Yorker interviews editor of Modern Farmer, “ ‘Magazine’ is a word I learned very early on not to use.

Works That Work maintains its admirable openness about the publishing process, sharing the results of their recent reader survey.

Enter the Stack Christmas cover challenge and win £150.

Private Eye Live, London, 15 December.

A brief history of the hamburger icon.

Goodfruit are holding a magazine night featuring Intern, Another Escape, Oh Comely and Ernest Journal. London, 26 November.

It’s Nice That open the uni sketchbooks of Bloomberg Businessweek’s Tracy Ma.

Tech website CNET to launch a print magazine.

Digital Magazine Awards finalists confirmed, winners to be announced 25 November.

London’s Kemistry Gallery are raising money to survive. Please help their Kickstarter.

MagPile have a small newsstand in Helsinki at Freese coffee.

 

Overmatter: 21.10.14

Intern issue three is open for submissions – deadine 3 November.

See the shortlists for this years Guardian Media Awards.

Content marketers start to turn round the digital-only juggernaut.

A strong profile of Vice Media, ‘the Acme Corporation for young people who are into stuff.

Time Out expands its websites to six other UK cities.

Italian editorial designer Luca Pitoni talks about his work, including IL magazine (video).

Australian launch Krass Magazine, ‘an ode to the defiant and the curious’, needs your support.

Magazine event 1: Stack hold their first In Conversation event, with Ryan Fitzgibbon from Mr Hello, London, 10 November.

Magazine event 2: I’m talking at SNDe’s NH11 event, Madrid, 14 November.

Magazine event 3: Printout returns with a Magazines of the Year night, London, 25 November.

Magazine event 4: Stack is holding a day conference on the future of publishing, London 7 December. A perfect follow-up to The Modern Magazine 2014.

 

Overmatter: 25.09.14


It’s Nice That go behind the scenes of the redesign of Elephant magazine.

Tomorrow is the entry deadline for The Digital Magazine Awards.

The AOI present the best entries to their 2014 Illustration Awards at Somerset House, London from 2 October.

Selectism takes a quick look at our magmagmag collaboration with Vitsoe.

Amelia’s Magazine returns for an anniversary one-off.

A big welcome to Lagom magazine.

The new creative team at the New York Times Magazine begin to make their mark, dropping ‘The One-Page Magazine’.

Big logo on your magazine website? Wrong! says David Hepworth.

Grafik reviews the Index A-Z  book.

Gasconder has a nicely linked round-up of recent magazine news.

Wired repurposes an excerpt from our recent Visual Editions project ‘Kitten Clone’.

 

 

Printout– photography mags, tonight

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The next printout has rather snuck up on us; it takes place tonight (Tuesday 23rd) at the usual venue, The Book Club, Shoreditch. We have four photo-led magazines represented: We Are Here, Brewster, Pylot and Huck.

Tickets are available online until 5pm this evening, but you can also buy them at the door, £6.00.

The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street EC2A 4RH

 

Overmatter: 23.09.14

Printed Pages editor James Cartwright ponders the importance of a cover strategy, ‘I hate turquoise but I think Robyn’s great – but I still don’t want to pick up the new issue, because, did I mention, I hate turquoise.

BSME announce their awards shortlist.

Mr Magazine’s ACT5 event in Mississippi is a well-organised business-orientated magazine conference.

George Orwell critiques a 1950s fashion magazine , ‘A fairly diligent search through the magazine reveals two discreet allusions to gray hair, but if there is anywhere a direct mention of fatness or middle-age I have not found.’ (via Bo Sacks).

The Modernist needs your support for year four.

In the magCulture shop: the brand new Gym Class, Alquimie, Printed Pages, Riposte… pre-order Fiera… and plenty more.

 

ModMag14 – thank you

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A huge thank you to everyone involved in making last week’s The Modern Magazine 2014 such a success. The LCC theatre was full to hear some great lectures and discussions about the state of our industry.

Thank you to all the speakers for putting so much energy into the day, to everyone at the London College of Communication, to the student volunteers, the magCulture team (Lesley, Steph, Jese, and Raechel) and to Liv Siddall for smart hosting. Supporters Park Communications, Sappi and  Commercial Type deserve a thank you too, as does Tyler Brulé and Monocle for providing the drinks at the end of the day. Thank you all!

But it would be nothing without an audience, so thnaks as well are due to everyone who took a day out of their work and/or studies to join us. I hope you enoyed the day too.

There’s plenty more to share; for now have a listen to me and some of the speakers on the weekend’s edition of The Stack on Monocle24.

Look out here for a series of video interviews from the day over the next few weeks, along with more photos.  And read Sarah Snaith’s series of live posts form the event:

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Missed Friday? The next Printout is tomorrow, Tuesday, night at The Book Club Shoreditch.

 

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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