Overmatter: 25.11.14

CoverJunkie talks magazine covers, ‘Great covers smack you in the face or make you want to lick them!’

New York magazine trials pop-up blogs as digital supplements.

Economist editor compares his magazine and its subscription ambitions to BSkyB and HBO.

The line-up for next year’s QVED conference in Munich (26–28 February) is building; follow @QVED for updates. Super early-bird bookings end this weekend.

Steven Gregor has a nice interview with The Guardian deputy creative director Chris Clarke on the SPD blog.

Our interview with editor of The Happy Reader Seb Emina remains popular; hear him on The Stack (no117) along with the team from FAT.

Discover why it’s wrong to place the cover line ‘Are you a Slut?’ too close to Kate Middleton’s eyes: ‘Posh People: Inside Tatler’ is a new BBC documentary series from within the hallowed walls of Condé Nast.

 

Out now: Riposte #3

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Issue three of Riposte is at the printers. Starting with the now-familiar text-only cover, this time in cyan, the issue continues its exploration of modern womanhood, with another fine selection of subjects including stylist Anna Trevelyan,  singer Samantha Urbani, painter Nathalie Du Pasquier and director of Frieze art fairs Victoria Siddall.

The issue is now available for preorder with free shipping.

See some spreads after the jump.

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Wired x Christopher Nolan

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The December issue of US Wired has been guest-edited by ‘Interstellar’ director Christopher Nolan. The entire issue is given a complete editorial and design overhaul, with the creative team, led by editor-in-chief Scott Dadich, director of editorial projects Robb Capps and creative director Billy Sorrentino working for three months with Nolan and his producer/wife Emma Nolan. The collaboration follows previous guest editors JJ Abrams and Bill Gates.

The tablet edition is out today, the print version next week.

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Jean Paul Goode on repeat

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Here’s the original 1976 image (left) that Jean Paul Goode recreated with Kim Kardashian for Paper magazine (right). More here. (thanks Warren).

 

Overmatter: 14.11.14


This week’s Kim Kardashian Paper cover by Jean Paul Goode is dividing people, and in the process having texactly the effect the editors intended. Even the usually relaxed CoverJunkie is upset by it.

The SPD is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a pumped up awards programme…

…and next Wednesday they host a talk in NY by David Moretti. A must-see for his work in print and iPad.

A NY convenience store owner discusses declining newspaper sales (thanks Andrew).

For some reason this piece I wrote for Computer Arts has just bubbled up again on Twitter, so I share it again here, Typography and Editorial Design.

Help new mag Atlas stretch their Kickstarter target; and don’t forget Amelia’s Magazine is still fundraising too

Our upcoming Printout Magazines of the Year night is shaping up nicely. London, 25 November.

Finally, I hope to see you in Madrid today at SNDe’s NH11 conference.

 

November 13, 2014

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Out now: Bloomberg Businessweek

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Been a while since I featured a BBW cover here, but this weeks is simple, effective and a little scary in its scale and retouch perfection.

UPDATE: after the jump, see the working process behind the cover crop.

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Overmatter: 11.11.14

An update on recent Bloomberg Businessweek front cover designs.

Borrowing from the open source ethos long beloved in engineering circles,The Guardian has just relaunched its website.

Thanks It’s Nice That for sharing these lovely covers from Beat magazine.

Offscreen trialled a choose-your-own-price for back issues. What happened?

Steve Watson from Stack selects 15 indie mags you need to read…

…and Luis Venegas from Spanish mag 137 selects his favourite mags in a special edition. Watch the video.

Read a brief history of Dr Mehemed Fehmy Agha, the original Condé Nast art director (thanks Violetta).

Out now: the third issue of Riposte.

 

Out now: Art Review Power 100 issue

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Each year Art Review publishes its Power 100 list of the great and powerful in the art world. To go with the list, the magazine always commissions a piece of art for the front cover. This year they invited US-based artist Paul Chan to create an image; yet the front cover appearing now on newsstands is blank.

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New Statesman x Grayson Perry

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The latest person to guest edit the New Statesman is Grayson Perry, who contributes a fantastic article on The Great White Male; ‘Paddle your canoe up the River Thames and you will come round the bend and see a forest of huge totems jutting into the sky. Great shiny monoliths in various phallic shapes, they are the wondrous cultural artefacts of a remarkable tribe.

Read the whole essay here; even better, pick up a copy later this week. Grayson Perry also drew the cover art.

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Rainy day in New York

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The New Yorker’s covers rarely disappoint but this week’s, by Christoph Niemann, is particularly beautiful. Click image for animated version, and see working roughs on the magazine’s site.