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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Overmatter: 28.05.14


Cathy from Anorak shares some notes from Utrecht’s Cover Day.

Grafik interview GTF’s Paul Neale about the new Modern Design Review, ‘In a way the magazine is a series of ideas daisy-chained together.

Andy Cowles extends his deconstruction of the meaning of red and yellow in print to digital.

Time’s paid-for reference on address label to ad inside issue causes stir.

Future Publishing staff face company-wide job consultation following appointment of new chief executive.

Craig Mod, against Snowfall: ‘The experiment just happened to be attached to an article.

The new issue of You Can Now is now out.

Videos of magazines being printed!

D&AD Pencil winners

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Congratulations to the two magazine winners at last nights D&AD Awards night in London. Bloomberg Businessweek added to their haul of recent awards with a Pencil rewarding a recent run of covers including Obama Crashed (after the jump); a nice swansong for creative director Richard Turley as he settles into his new job at MTV.

The other winner was Moscovskie Novosti, (above), a Russian newspaper I know little about but which looks strong in this one spread. Art director Anton Stepanov.

A host of other magazines and newspapers were nominated for a Pencil – see list on D&AD site.

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Overmatter: 21.05.14

Behind the scenes of the recent Boat redesign, ‘inspired by classic literary journals.

Issue one of Four & Sons, ‘Where dogs and culture collide’ is now available for order.

Interview with the founders of US mag Cherry Bombe, ‘It’s food, femininity, and a kind of fierceness in two simple words.

The Guardian continue to build their future, nabbing NYTimes digital news editor Aron Pilhofer.

Offscreen editor Kai Brach, interviewed by Coolhunting, describes how paper ‘forces us to slow down, to switch off and read for pleasure

It’s the World Cup in three weeks, get that front cover ready! Here are the first examples, via Nascapas.

We wrote in inverted pyramids,’ Jeff Jarvis looks back at how newspaper articles once had to fade out rather than reach a crescendo.

Some lovely original illustrations available on this online auction in support of Bob Newman.

The magCulture hour of Megazines from last month’s Pick Me Up is now available online. Hear me and Steve Watson run through an A-Z of magazine making as our guests share their favourite independent mags.

And… don’t forget next Tuesday, straight after the bank holiday, is the next Printout night, a design special.

 

Overmatter: 16.05.14


Collector’s Edition covers innovative graphics across many fields including editorial design. Book on the way plus blog.

The French Magazine Awards: Closer wins best coup for their story about the President, and Stylist wins Print Innovation.

Fascinating piece on The Atlantic site asks ‘What is a Book?’ and looks at how reading and use affects the physical item.

While the firing of NY Times executive editor Jill Abramson continues to attract headlines, figures show their new focus on paid content doesn’t bother readers.

Sadly, Core77’s daily magazine C77 Design Daily for New York Design Week didn’t get funded.

I’m on Monocle24’s The Stack tomorrow talking about some old favourites and an exciting new title, alongside a report from Printout Bristol – Update: hear the show here.

 

Printout Bristol

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We had a great time last night at Printout Bristol. Sadly it was almost too successful, with people being turned away at the door, but the packed room were treated to an excellent discussion about why Bristol was such a hotbed of independent publishing, as well as having the chance to buy local magazines Offlife, Cereal, Boneshaker, Digest and 8 Faces. As you can see from the pictures, we even had a huge mirror ball decorating the venue with dots of light.

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Overmatter: 07.05.14


Grafik reviews Steven Heller’s 100 Classic Graphic Design Journals.

The PPA announces its 2014 Awards shortlist, including the chance to vote for your favourite front cover. Congratulations to nominees.

Meanwhile the ISTD has launched its International Typographic Awards 2014; closing date June 14.

Bob Newman’s latest Folio column takes a look at Politico’s latest front cover. ‘I like the simple, unadorned design of this cover a lot.

Looks like Good magazine is returning to print, two years after going digital-only.

A quick review of the new Noble Rot.

Advertising Age art director Jesper Goransson talks through his latest front cover for the mag.

See you Thursday night at Printout Bristol.

 

Overmatter 05.05.14


Wonderful to see editorial designer Matt Willey noted as Designer of the Year by Creative Review.

Wired asks ‘Why the smart reading device of the future may be… paper.’ (thanks Andy)

The Friends of Bob Newman are holding an online auction of illustration work to raise money, plus a party in NY, May 29.

It’s always good to see magazines from outside the familiar markets we cover. Check out Hong Kong kids mags Adventure Box

…and La Cuche, a zine from Lima, Peru.

A round-up of the ASME Awards (they took place the evening before the SPD Awards already reported here). Big winners: Fast Company and New York, again.

Great overview of Tina Brown’s career in New York, focusing on the heady days of the Daily Beast and Newsweek,Brown was on a plane when Diller announced Newsweek would stop printing. She got the news on her seat-back TV.’

It’s a public holiday in the UK today so we’ll be back At Work With… tomorrow.

 

SPD Awards winners

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The 2014 SPD Awards results were announced at the annual gala dinner last night in New York. Congratulations to New York magazine, winner of Magazine of the Year (design director Thomas Alberty) and Florian Bachleda and colleagues at Fast Company, winner of Brand of the Year. Full list of winners to follow.

Read our recent interview with Florian.