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:
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.
September 16, 2014
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org so we know how many people to expect. Don’t forget to pick up your copy of magmagmag.
After the jump – installation shots.
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.
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 2014 – Friday 19 September, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, London SE1
The 620 Reading Room – From Saturday 13 – Sunday 21 September, Vitsoe, 3–5 Duke Street, London W1U 3ED
August 26, 2014
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.
August 20, 2014
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.