Overmatter: 16.09.14

Today in the Vitsoe 620 Reading Room… meet Alec Dudson, editor of Intern. 2-4pm.

As The Financial Times redesigns, editor explains, ‘It’s adapt or die frankly and that’s what we’re doing.’ (more on this here soon).

The original Eye magazine, from the late sixties. That logo!

Bob Newman notes the strong current covers of Time Out New York, designed by Chris Deacon. Interesting comments about the TO logo.

Grafik asks… which magazines should open physical spaces?

You can now be a member of The Guardian.

Editor Penny Martin discusses the new Gentlewoman on The Stack.

No sooner has this week’s Modern Magazine 2014 day gone, then there’s another Printout. Next Tuesday, 23 September, we’re taking a look at photography magazines. Details here.

 

Overmatter: 10.09.14


British GQ editor Dylan Jones reminds us ‘content is only as good as the people producing it.

The Long + Short is a new digital magazine designed by Mark Porter and published by innovation group Nesta. Glitchy to use but boldly designed and a forward-looking move into web-based rather than app publishing. Best on iPad.

Unampped is another digital magazine, promising hidden stories from around the world on the basis ‘why you should live here.

The name IPC disappears from the British newsstand after 60 years.

Coming soon: Lagom, from the makers of 8Faces and Digest.

The New Yorker marks Saul Steinberg’s centenary with an archive piece by the artist.

See the new issue of Offscreen being printed.

 

Out now: Off Life #10

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Three things to love about this cover: first, it signals the arrival of a new issue of free comic Off Life; second it features the work of man-of-the-moment Jean Julien – his work may be everywhere but his muse is as strong as ever; which leads to thing three: his drawing. What a perfectly melancholic, human representation of the depressing side of the internet.

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Out now: Gym Class #11

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Here’s the new issue of Gym Class, with cover designed by Noma Bar. Recognise the mag the design refers to?

Editor Steven Gregor is blogging on the SPD site all this week as they start a series of guest posts to celebrate their 50th anniversary. There’s also a second newsstand-only over with art by Alexander Wells (below).

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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.

 

New York Times Magazine

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Love this front cover from new NYTimes mag design director Gail Bichler. A simple idea well executed.

 

Overmatter: 27.08.14

The Times provides journalists with typewriter background noise in new offices. Love the phrase ‘not necessarily permanent’.

New York magazine’s The Cut gets bitchy about latest New York Times Magazine cover. Fair comment?

Kickstarter update: two mags almost at target, TV mag Sixteen by Nine and design title Dirty Furniture. Which one will you support?

US Vogue relaunches its website this week, promising a cleaner look and the exciting news that ‘a tiny 3-D printed replica of the model Karlie Kloss, dressed in what appeared to be a tiny couture outfit… would be taken around the world and photographed for the site’.

Ever wonder how much Anna Wintour’s clothing allowance is?

Interview/profile of Monocle’s Tyler Brulé, ‘If the World Economic Forum did not already exist, he would be doing it’.

Offlife’s live drawing Quickdraw evening returns to the House of Illustration, London, on 18 September.

 

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.

 

Wired x Ed Snowden

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US Wired lands a cover that reminds us of the power of a strong editorially driven image. Photograph by Platon.

Read online; and editor-in-chief Scott Dadich’s notes on the experience of shooting Snowden; ‘We returned to the prop table, and Snowden picked up the flag...’

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And talking of that flag, Andrew just pointed out via twitter that it’s the very same flag as used on this 1997 cover of George magazine (above). That time it was held by Pamela Anderson.

Who will hold it next?

Overmatter: 12.08.14

New Kickstarter-backed launch HrdCvr hires Claudia de Almeida, late of US Wired, as creative director.

iPad magazine pioneer Joe Zeff closes studio to work in-house at Scrollmotion, ‘The publishing business has been an elevator that continues to move down. This is the chance to get on an elevator moving up.’

‘Bookazines’ aren’t just a horrible made-up name, they’re also threatening the magazine newsstand.

As parent companies rush to hive off their print businesses, The New York Times reports on the death of the newspaper; ‘If this is the future… what is underway may be a kind of mercy killing.

…while Michael Wolff is in more positive mood, ‘the powers that be aren’t so much taking our livelihood from us as they are giving it back.

Bob Newman recalls the early front covers of Wire.

‘Fuck the begrudgers,’ says publisher as British Vogue hits a record 462 pages for this years September issue (including a record 293 ad pages).

Confessions of a magazine editor, ‘it’s all in such dramatic flux that it’s very easy to make errors.