Out soon: Society #1

French publisher So Press are launching a new magazine later this week. Society is a crowdfunded project that aims to be a new genre of news magazine, with investigative journalism and some lifestyle. The cover certainly looks intriguing (thanks Mike).


February 19, 2015

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The Gentlewoman #11

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Bjork is the cover star of the latest issue of The Gentlewoman, shot by Alasdair McLellan in colour, a first for the magazine’s cover. Art direction by Veronica Ditting.


The New Yorker at 90

Every year The New Yorker marks its anniversary with a cover featuring its mascot Eustace Tilley, the monocled dandy who appeared on the very first cover back in 1925 and remains a central part of the magazine’s identity. For their 90th anniversary this week they’ve gone a step further, commissioning a set of nine covers, one for each decade to date, from regular contributors.

Cover art director Francoise Mouly discusses the project.

Artists: Christoph Niemann, Peter Mendelsund, Lorenzo Mattotti, Anita Kunz, Barry Blitt, Istvan Banyai, Roz Chast, Kadir Nelson and Carter Goodrich

Read an appreciation of the letter ‘R’ in the New Yorker logo.


Overmatter: 12.02.15

Founders sell The Newspaper Club to newspaper printer Sharman & Co, promising, ‘no major changes to our day to day running or products.’

Here comes issue two of digital–arts magazine Holo, see work in progress.

Condé Nast US launches content marketing division 23 Stories. Based in main editorial dept, punning name comes from the number of floors at their new downtown HQ…

…a move criticised by the Columbia Journalism Review, ‘I predict that editors and writers will find their loyalties divided and the ad-think will inevitably creep into the editorial content.’

Intern in 2009, editor in 2015; Ellis Jones takes over at Vice.

The controversy over Newsweek cover confuses the representation of the story for the story.

Good News is No News’ – BBC Radio 4 report on news coverage, featuring Rob Orchard of Delayed Gratification.

Last week’s Monocle24 The Stack 128 featured music magazines.

Six Degrees of Inspiration’ is an elegant, simple idea from Medium (and Kati Krause).

Another Escape have relaunched their website.


Overmatter: 10.02.14

Works That Work asks buyers to choose their price (til midnight, UK).

Court is a new online Basketball magazine promising, ‘an alternative to trade rumour reports and power ranking speculation.

The Vanity Fair website has been redesigned.

It’s Nice That find out what Mr Turley did next

…and they’re also responsible for this neat site for recruiters Represent.

Flavorpill select their favourite ten independent magazines, and kitchen company (?) deVol offer their favourite five.

A year after its launch, her magazine is distributed in 60 countries and has a circulation of 152,000.’ Interview with Porter editor Lucy Yeomans.

India’s Paper Planes online magazine shop goes live.

See some gorgeous 1960’s film mag covers from Japan.

AOI Illustration Awards deadline is 23 February.


Print Isn’t Dead #2 launches

The second issue – or Element 2 as the publishers like it – of Print Isn’t Dead launched last night at the Covent Garden branch of London Graphics Centre. Published by the People of Print collective, the magazine celebrates print design and production. When you’re dealing with such subjects, your design and production has a standard to reach and the issue certainly does that.

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The New Yorker moves

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The New Yorker marks its move downtown to join the rest of Condé Nast at their new 1 World Trade Centre HQ with this cover depicting mascot Eustace Tilley escorting a truck of deskbound staff through a message-laden Times Square.

Cover by Bruce McCall. Read a goodbye note to the old address.


At work with: Christoph Amend, ZEITmagazin

The weekly newspaper magazine has returned to prominence in recent years as publishers focus on weekend sales to support their daily operations. In Germany, ZEIT Magazin leads the pack creatively with its double-page front covers developed by editor-in-chief Christoph Amend and creative director Mirko Borsch. Christoph is also publisher of ZEIT’s art titles Weltkunst and Kunst und Auktionen, and has written several books. We join him as he plans next week’s magazine while awaiting delivery of this week’s edition.

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Overmatter 23.01.15

We’re just making something we think is good and getting better,’ says one of the people behind London anarchist mag Strike.

How Paper magazine reinforced its website so its Kim Kardashian #breaktheinternet front cover wouldn’t break the internet (thanks Steve).

Maxim editor on the new sex mags, ‘The Internet can feel like such a numbing parade of bodies, and print offers you the chance to do something more thoughtful…

Why smartphone text design resembles 18th century book pages.

The Paris Review looks back at Flair magazine.

Good to see Magpile’s Magheroes podcast return; read about it on Stack.

This year’s PPA Awards deadline is February 13.

A slightly disturbing but strong set of three covers for the new Elle Collections.

The Charlie Hebdo memorial edition has provoked many responses. Most comic was probably ‘But it’s in French!

I’m hosting a new magazine conference in Singapore this March. A big welcome to the U Symposium.


Out now: Pickles #10

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The new issue of football tabloid Pickles celebrates Diego Maradona with a series of four covers based on his team colours. Also in the issue: a look back at Channel 4’s Football Italia coverage, a fat fotballers’ eleven and the magazine’s first fashion story, shot by Matt Brooke.