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.


Charlie Hebdo memorial issue

The cover of the memorial issue of Charlie Hebdo, published tomorrow, shows the publishers refusing to blink in the aftermath of last weeks terrorist attack. A perfect riposte, both marking and mocking the public outcry at events.


New Yorker cover

Artist Ana Juan has created over 20 covers for The New Yorker. I doubt many will be recalled as strongly as this one.


Bang magazine in Eye

In the latest issue of Eye magazine, critic Rick Poynor reviews Swedish women’s magazine Bang, noting how it runs ‘Against the flow, as editorial design becomes more predictable’. This is an easy complaint to make, and one I’ve made on occasion recently, particularly about the growing clichés of the independent sector, but there’s still enough interesting work out there for me to resist his critique as a generalisation. There are plenty of interesting directions being taken, not all are the same.

That said, Bang has a particularly different-looking layout for a women’s title and it’s great to see it highlighted. If I had to link it back to anything it would be nineties creative mag Marmalade and Martin Venezky’s nineties designs for Speak magazine; all three projects share an interest in the subtle distortion of classic editorial layout, knowingly awkward rather than ‘classic with a twist’. Design by Bastion.

Pictures show pages of Eye, more after the jump.

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Charlie Hebdo

It’s rare that magazines make the news for such a horrific reason as today’s gun attack on the offices of Paris’s Charlie Hebdo magazine. Not sure I have anything to add to the many comments already out there, but this front cover from a few years back shows the editors had many different targets for their satire.


At Work With: Gail Bichler, New York Times Magazine

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The bad news? Yes, you’re back in the office, starting a new year of work. The good news? You can share the pain with us. Over the holidays we posted a series of audio reviews of 2014 magazines by various friends of magCulture and as the most frequently mentioned magazine was the New York Times Magazine, we start 2015 looking ahead at the week with its design director Gail Bichler.

Gail moved to New York from Chicago in 2004, freelancing for various studios and magazine before joining the New York Times Magazine as art director. She was appointed design director in late 2014 just as the New York Times company committed to invest in a major relaunch of the weekly magazine, and she has just added British designer Matt Willey to her design team. Read the rest of this entry

Best of the best-ofs, 2014

This was the most disturbingly powerful magazine image I saw all year. Spotted in a US suburban grocery store by NY designer Able Parris, it’s a reminder that magazines will pop up to feed any market.

Meanwhile, in the magical world of lists…

Robert Newmans’s best front cover brand was The New York Times Magazine.

Stack followers’ favourite twelve indie covers (one per month) included The Gentlewoman, Noble Rot and Colors.

Mediabistro’s front cover of the year was Time Out New York’s end-of-summer September issue.

Designer Max Randall selected his top 10 indie covers…

…and It’s Nice That’s Rob Alderson selected seven indies in his round-up.

Creative Bloq identified 13 best covers

… and This Isn’t Happiness chose their favourites of the year…

…while Coverjunkie readers voted for one cover.

A reminder of ASME’s US 2014 National Magazine Awards results…

…and The BSME’s UK awards winners…

…not forgetting our Printout audience vote.

Bloomberg Businessweek always share a Jealousy List – the best stories they overlooked.

And finally, listen to this weekend’s Monocle24 The Stack to hear me and It’s Nice That’s ed-in-chief Rob Alderson discuss our thoughts for 2015.