Out Now: Reportagen #21

is an independent Swiss magazine that brings you swift, short and enticing reports from around the world (written in German). The book-sized publication always boasts a bright, typographic cover, with text laid out like a traditional pamphlet – almost a contents page. Infographics and fun cartoons abound, and in the recent bright green issue 21 we were particularly taken by a pig illustration by Claudia Blum.

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Out now: Fantastic Man #21

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Change is good; meet the new Fantastic Man cover; a new masthead, starring Jonathan Anderson and celebrating ten years of the magazine (click image for larger version)



Cover Story: 38Hours

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We love these covers for travel magazine 38Hours, which follow a simple but effective template. Each of the A5 issues focuses on a different European city, and the editors work closely with local bloggers and journalists to ensure a personal and knowledgeable perspective. The front covers similarly convey a sense of insider-knowledge and capture the cities very accurately through typography and colour alone.

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March 20, 2015

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Dummy vs Der Speigel

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This cover for Germany’s Dummy magazine is pretty forceful: the theme for the issue is ‘Help’ and on the front cover an ousted editor of Der Spiegel offers help to his old mag, ‘Buy Der Spiegel, they need it more’ (thanks Mike).


Port goes biannual

The new issue of men’s independent Port lands next week, with a new format and redesign based around their move from quarterly to biannual. ‘Whilst we have loved creating and sharing the 15 quarterly issues over the years,’ explains founder/editor-in-chief Dan Crowe, ‘we’re looking forward to making something more refined, satisfying, reflective – more, perhaps, like a vintage glass of port.’

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Behind the front cover, Gym Class #12

We’ve been fans of Steven Gregor’s new Gym Class cover since he revealed it at last month’s Printout. The bold and satirical statement is definitely on point, and it taps into something that we’ve been feeling for quite a while here at magCulture: namely our concern about the more derivative designs of many contemporary publications. We got in touch with the Gym Class creator to find out more, intrigued about whether the characteristically playful Steven is using the statement as a light-hearted provocation, or whether he is articulating a deeper concern about magazine making today.

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March 6, 2015

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Gym Class to the point

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When Steven Gregor unveiled this design as the front cover of the new issue of his magazine-about-magazines Gym Class at the last Printout, I remember wondering whether he’d go through with it. I needn’t have worried; it’s now available for pre-order now and the message remains the same.


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.