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

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.

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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.