You Can Now front covers

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The fourth issue of YCN’s You Can Now magazine is out, with another smart cover illustration by Nathalie Lees. The magazine is one of several independents covering design and creativity (think also Works That Work, Printed Pages) from new angles and this issue doesn’t disappoint. Sarah Snaith visits brand guru Michael Wolff at home, photographer Nick Ballon shares a new project based on Bolivian architecture and there’s a set of smaller columns spinning off to unexpected areas. Art director Alex Hunting is developing Matt Willey’s original design nicely, with strong typography and good commissioning.

But I keep coming back to those covers, they have a classic confidence to them, as if the mag has been around forever, and they’ve built into a really smart set. The first one was by Ed Nacionale, the others all by Lees.

See the set after the jump.

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December 17, 2014

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US Wired front covers

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Cover design rule number one: make sure the new issue is clearly different to the previous one. Needn’t always be this extreme, but these two consecutive US Wired covers make the point well.

Creative director Billy Sorrentino, design director Caleb Bennett.

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Out now: Das Magazin winter 2015

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Dutch literary magazine Das Magazine always has smart covers; this latest one made my laugh (Click image for larger version). Design by Vruchtvlees.

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Out now: The Gourmand #5

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Issue five of The Gourmand hits shops this week, coinciding with the launch of their new website. The cover is a new direction for the magazine, leaving behind the inset image on colour field and going for a full-bleed image. The picture is from a film by Lisa Rovner.

Creative director David Lane has been working with Monotype to resurrect early versions of their Monotype Grotesque typeface; you can see elements of this on the website – that ampersand in ‘On Paper & Screen’ for instance.

We’ll have copies of the new issue at our shop at this weekend’s Monocle Christmas Fayre.

thegourmand.co.uk

 

Out now: Anorak #34

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Remarkably, it seems children’s mag Anorak haven’t yet done a Sweets issue. So here it is, just in time for Christmas. Cover by Inma Lorente.

anorakmagazine.com

 

November 26, 2014

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Out now: The Wire #370

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What a cover! It’s not easy to channel Dada/Futurism, but this issue of The Wire keeps it simple and manages it effortlessly. Love it.

thewire.co.uk

 

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.

wired.com

 

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).