Overmatter: 26.03. 15

The Editoral Design Organisation returns, look out for plans.

Stack has a quick round-up of this week’s Printout featuring People of Print, Belleville Pages, The Long Good Read and Pitchfork Review.

It’s Nice That have made all the content from first four issues of their Printed Pages magazine available free online.

The Sueddeutsche Magazine website has a smart new design, completed in-house under Astrid Müller (thanks Kati).

Last weekend the Sunday Telegraph published an overview of indie mags.

Here comes the new Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, aka Adobe Publish.

They call it the interface, we call it design’ says Erik Spiekermann about this article.

The Times is to start publishing multiple ‘editions’ of its website.

Help Spanish snowboard magazine The Eight Project fund their next issue, designed by Rifle Studio.


magTravels: U Symposium, Singapore

I’ve been involved in plenty of conferences about magazines and wherever I travel, whoever I meet, never fail to learn something new. But traveling to Asia was something very special; I had no idea what to expect of the first U Symposium in Singapore last week, and my few pre-conceived expectations were instantly replaced by very specific ideas and experiences. Here are some of them. (and I’m preparing notes based on my opening talk, above, for Printed Pages, will link to that when available).

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Overmatter: 18.03.15

Hear Gail Bichler, design director of NYTimes Magazine, discuss the recent redesign in the latest MagHeroes podcast from Magpile…

…while NYTimes graphics editor Jennifer Daniel reveals she’d like to redesign Buzzfeed.

Kai Brach of Offscreen’s latest insight into making his mag is an overview of flatplanning: ‘Seeing all the spreads next to each other enables editors to identify where… stories or visuals are colliding.

More audio: hear PPA chief exec, and all-round editorial guru, Barry McIlheney discuss his career including his time on Smash Hits and FHM.

If you’re in NY on 6 April, you can’t afford to miss the entire set of New York magazine design directors discussing the magazine; that’s everyone from Milton Glaser, via Walter Bernard and Bob Newman through to Luke Hayman and Chris Dixon.

A certain kind of print is dead, or dying, but who cares?’ Delayed Gratification have a nice interview with Ruth Jamieson, author of ‘Print is Dead. Long Live Print.’


Overmatter: 10.03.15

Steven from Gym Class interviews the team behind The Guardian’s The Fashion magazine.

In London? This year’s PPA Festival takes place on May 21.

Vice takes a look inside the pages of Flaneur.

In NY? Design Director Elizabeth Hummer is talking about her work for Harper’s Bazaar this Wednesday, 11 March, for SPD…

…and the SPD blog also has a new guest editor for the week. Illustrator Ward Sutton is interviewing various cartoonists, highlighting their editorial work.

Private Eye finally launch a podcast via the Eyeplayer, of course.

Read a little piece I wrote for Guestbook, about travel mags.


U Symposium, Singapore

I’m really looking forward to heading to Singapore at the end of next week for U Symposium, the first independent publishing event in that part of the world. Organised by our friends at Underscore magazine, the two days feature figures from some of the best independent magazines out there. It’d be a great line-up anywhere, but is particularly exciting given its location.

I’ll be opening proceedings with my thoughts on current editorial developments, and introducing the speakers across the days. I’ll also be live-interviewing Jop van Bennekom (Fantatstic Man) and Nathan Williams (Kinfolk); and then the following Monday I’ll be holding a half-day cover workshop.

There are still a few tickets left, so if you can join us get in quick.

And perhaps most importantly, if you’re publishing a magazine in Singapore or elsewhere in that part of Asia I’d be really interested to hear from you. This site is inevitably London-New York focused, something we’re always keen to break out of. So if you have your own magazine and are coming to the symposium, email me this week and we can meet.



Printout: Print special, Tuesday 24 March

It’s Printout time again! On 24 March we’ll be looking at the basics of print: the ink, the paper, the process. We’ve invited a selection of magazine makers to speak about their chosen medium, from projects ranging from artisanal limited editions to data-driven newsprint via website-turned-magazine.

Come along and hear from four speakers, all speaking live at our regular venue (The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH)

Marcroy Smith, founder, People of Print
Dan Catt, creator,  The Long Good Read
James Bird and Will Cox, founders, Belleville Park Pages
Michael Renaud, creative director, The Pitchfork Review

Tickets: eventbrite.co.uk/e/printout-the-print-special-tickets

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Overmatter: 04.03.15

Adobe are relaunching their DPS app tools soon, promising constant story updates. The new Fast Company app was a prototype, and Condé Nast UK are apparently already busy, but is it too little too late?

A personal highlight of QVED15 was visiting Horst Moser’s magazine archive; Steven Heller beats me to telling the story.

Text as the future of interaction? (thanks Andrew).

This year’s Vogue Festival takes place in London, 25-26 April.

Wallpaper* launch their own paper colour.

Uber is launching a magazine for its drivers.

As open as ever, Offscreen recently did a detailed survey of its readers; read the results.

Editor-in-chief Scott Dadich talks to It’s Nice That about the redesigned Wired.com; the projects engineering lead shares her thoughts.

Toast magazine is holding a series of events, ‘Milk, Tea and Bread’ at London’s Borough Market.

In the works: a new edition of longtime favourite magazine Karen.


U Symposium, 13/14 March, Singapore

With QVED15 over, attention here at magCulture turns to the first U Symposium, taking place 13/14 March in Singapore. I’ll be speaking and hosting a great line-up of speakers from some of our favourite indies: Fantastic Man, Lucky Peach, The Gentlewoman, Printed Pages, The Gourmand, Kinfolk and W__K W__K, ; plus local magazine (and recent Magazine of the Week here) Underscore. I’ll also be doing a front cover workshop, and Rob Alderson from It’s Nice That/Printed Pages will be doing a writing workshop.



Grazia at ten

The first ever entry here on magCulture was a brief paragraph about the design of the UK edition of Grazia, then one year old. It may seem odd now to reflect the impact it had at the time, but it was a major shift in the women’s market that still echoes. It’s also worth remembering it remains the most recent major launch from a UK magazine publisher. The team are currently celebrating the magazine’s tenth anniversary with an exhibition at the Getty Gallery in central London.

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Qved: favourite magazines

Steve Watson, founder, @stackmagazines, London. Favourite magazine today: The Gentlewoman #qved15 #QVED #tw
Steve Watson, founder, Stack Magazines, London
Favourite magazine today: The Gentlewoman