Overmatter: 16.12.14


There’s an impressive list of judges for this years D&AD Magazine/Newspaper category. Deadline for entries 18 February.

Sad to see The Newspaper Club’s PaperLater service close; you have a few days to get a last order in.

Read David Hicks’ five predictions for digital magazines in 2015, ‘Some digital magazine apps will close…

Dan Rowden notes the trend for paying supporters rather traditional advertisers in indie mags, an idea that first (I think?) featured in Peter Bilak’s  Dotdotdot.

Are you a Londoner cycling to your magazine job? Steven at Gym Class invites you to help with this survey.

As Condé Nast settle into their new NY HQ, rats are fighting back. apparently Vogue ed Anna Wintour ‘doesn’t even want to enter the building’.

What the hell was Biopsy?’ asks editor Chris Morgan as he closes his small magazine.

I’m enjoying Stack’s cover of the month series. The first of many, many cover lists at this time of year.

 

EDO event this Wednesday

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The Editorial Design Organisation returns! This Wednesday they’re looking at two eras of The Sunday Times Magazine. Tickets here.

 

Overmatter: 02.12.14

Condé Nast Traveller gets a new serif logo.

Next Monday, 8 December, London, sees the second Stack night featuring Andrea Kurland, editor of Huck

…and Steve from Stack has a nice video review of new favourite mag The Happy Reader.

The second ‘season’ from digital magazine The Long+Short has just launched, feeling tighter.

Could editor-in-chief Scott Dadich be planning to buy Wired?

Ex-Little White Lies team launch new movie newsletter Delve: ‘It’s not only our return to the world of cinema, but the rejuvenation of our mission to inspire more people to fall more deeply in love with film’.

Good to see a strong customer magazine highlighted on the SPD blog – Andy Cowles looks at N, the magazine for Norwegian Airlines.

Looks like Adobe might finally be working out what its customers need from DPS.

 

Overmatter: 28.11.14


Offscreen has a rather fine Christmas competition. Nothing to do with Black Friday.

Congratulations to all the winners at this weeks Digital Magazine Awards, especially Ernest, winner of best launch…

…and to the winners at the CMA Awards. Peel away the content content content guff and you’ll find some interesting mags in there, like this.

Buy your ticket to QVED2015 this weekend and take advantage of super earlybird rates.

Next weekend the magCulture shop sets up at this years Monocle Christmas Fayre. Come say hello! 6–7 December.

 

Printout best of 2014 selections

On Tuesday night Steve Watson and I hosted the final Printout of 2014, a special night looking back at the best magazines of the year. It was an experiment – not least in holding a Printout without announcing the speaker line-up – but one that worked well, with a full room gathering to vote on our four categories: Story, Cover, Launch and Magazine. The video takes you through the categories and confirms the audience favourites.

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Tonight at the Book Club, Shoreditch, Steve and I are marking a great year for independent magazines with a celebration of the best. Come and join the live vote, and hear some of our favourite magazine makers talk about their publication. Last few tickets left.

 

Overmatter: 25.11.14

CoverJunkie talks magazine covers, ‘Great covers smack you in the face or make you want to lick them!’

New York magazine trials pop-up blogs as digital supplements.

Economist editor compares his magazine and its subscription ambitions to BSkyB and HBO.

The line-up for next year’s QVED conference in Munich (26–28 February) is building; follow @QVED for updates. Super early-bird bookings end this weekend.

Steven Gregor has a nice interview with The Guardian deputy creative director Chris Clarke on the SPD blog.

Our interview with editor of The Happy Reader Seb Emina remains popular; hear him on The Stack (no117) along with the team from FAT.

Discover why it’s wrong to place the cover line ‘Are you a Slut?’ too close to Kate Middleton’s eyes: ‘Posh People: Inside Tatler’ is a new BBC documentary series from within the hallowed walls of Condé Nast.

 

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!