Overmatter: 29.07.14


Carl Rush looks back at sixties counter-culture mag Oz.

The next destination for Boat magazine is LA; on pre-order now.

Liz and Rosanna from Oh Comely join Polly and Chris from Wrap, and others, for a Creative Clinic at the Wilderness, 7–10 Auguest, Oxfordshire.

Should you work while you’re pregnant?’ asks fifties magazine Charm, via Newmanology.

Danny Miller shares a few notes from last week’s Printout.

Magazine Diaries update: David Hepworth offers two things that count online, and proposes, ‘What you’ve got to avoid is everything in-between.’

 

Old and new at Printout

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This week’s Printout was another sold-out evening of magazine intelligence, with Vice, Colors and Eye sharing the floor to offer advice on the staying power of their magazines. Despite early tech problems – when things go wrong they ALL go wrong – a singular message came from the three speakers.

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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.

 

The Modern Magazine, September 19, 2014

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I’m very excited to announce that The Modern Magazine 2014 conference will take place in London on Friday 19 September.

Following the successful debut event last year, The Modern Magazine returns with another day of talks and discussions celebrating the power of editorial design. This year we’ll be looking at the future of publishing through the eyes of some of the most forward-thinking figures in the industry, with another strong mix of editors and art directors sharing their views.

We’re still completing the final line-up but can confirm the following speakers, with more to be added over the next few weeks:

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.

The day of talks and discussion will take place from 9am–6pm at the London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6SB. Additional names will be added over the next few weeks along with further details of the day; meanwhile tickets are available from the magCulture shop at  £140 each, with a reduced rate of £75 for students.

Buy general ticket           /           Buy student ticket

After the jump, pictures and reviews of last year’s conference.

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Overmatter: 06.06.14


The end of an era as the last British mag for teenage girls, Bliss, closes.

Meanwhile, the return of Grafik magazine as a website was celebrated at Protein’s studio in Shoreditch.

Stand and Deliver will be a new magazine about comedy, from the people behind Northern Correspondent. Kickstarting now.

Inside the New York Times digital strategy – how they direct readers from story to story.

Editorial designer and post-grad student Lisa Charlotte Rost is asking people to read three different magazine layouts and quickly evaluate them as part of her Master’s Degree research. Help her!

A few tickets remain for next Tuesday’s Future of Publishing forum at Protein, London. Feat. me, Steve Watson, Dazed and The Gourmand.

 

The Magazine Diaries

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‘What’s it like to be a magazine professional in the middle of the biggest disruption in publishing history?’

Commentator Peter Houston (if you’re not keeping an eye on his blog you should be) is inviting everyone involved in making magazines to write 100 words on how they feel about magazines today. The aim is to compile the best answers into a publication in time for this year’s MagFest (September 5).

He wants to hear from you – the more entries the better (and all profits go to MagAid).

magazinediaries.com

 

Overmatter: 03.06.14

I love the look of the new issue of Colors, taking on football as the World Cup arrives. We’ll have the issue in our shop shortly; meanwhile, Creative Review has more.

US Vogue is earning money selling clothes via Instagram.

Congratulations to all the winners of the BSME Rising Stars awards.

David Hepworth recalls some of the stranger characters of magazine publishing, ‘Pearson glimpsed the mirage of platform neutrality in 1899, a hundred years before anyone else, serving on the board of the British Mutoscope and Biograph Company who hoped to be able to use their story telling talents on the big screen. It didn’t work.

New magazine Barmcake promises ‘Northern entertainment for the middle-aged.’

Interview with creative director Alex Breuer about The Guardian’s fine new apps, ‘Layouts across articles and pages can vary across the day and that will be an editing decision.

It’s been a long time coming but London’s House of Illustration opens this summer with a series of events.

Radio 4’s John Humphreys recently said he wouldn’t recommned journalism to his children; others disagree.

A mixed bag of iPad app trends as seen by Mag+’s Matt Cokeley.

 

Protein Forum, the Future of Publishing

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Protein, the digital inspiration platform that also produces a print magazine, is holding a panel discussion about the Future of Publishing, June 10 in London.

I’m on the panel alongside Steve Watson, Charlie Robin-Jones of Dazed Digital and Dave Lane, co-founder of The Gourmand. Should be an interesting night.

Tickets via Eventbrite.

www.prote.in

Overmatter: 30.05.14

Behind the scenes of the new Guardian iOS and Android apps, ‘The new app is the foundation for our future in apps – it’ll keep getting better.

Scotlands’ MagFest returns for a third year with excellent speakers including Andy Cowles and Peter Houston: Edinburgh, 5 September.

Start-a-mag and People of Print review this weeks Printout.

Talking of People of Print, they’ve been around a while but are getting busier and busier supporting printing and printers. Next up: a book.

Taint magazine is a new project by students from LCC and they’re Kickstarting the first issue – support them!

The homepage recedes and ‘Every URL is a potential starting point for readers’ according to the NYTimes’ director of news analytics.

Ex-editor Jane Friedman barely reins in the bitterness as she makes some strong points about the failings of print magazines.‘They can sit at the National Magazine Awards at a single table and congratulate themselves on the industry they’re preserving.’

Allscript have relaunched their Singapore-based magazine store with a good selection of your favourites.

And if you’re in London the magCulture pop-up shop will be open again at the Monocle Summer Fayre, June 14/15. We hope to relaunch our online shop the same time.

 

Printout – Designing Difference

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Thanks everyone who made it through the rain to join a packed Book Club last night and hear from Ana Lessing and Kevin Braddock (A Magazine for all Seasons), Edward Vince (Talc) and Kai van Rabenau (mono.kultur). The theme ‘Designing Difference’ was set against concerns expressed in my recent review of Boat magazine that a familiar set of visual styles were narrowing the promise of the independent magazine industry (a clumsier version of similar thoughts can be heard on last week’s rather negative edition of Monocle24’s The Stack).

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