Out now: Brown Book #44


I’ve always liked the hexagonal design structure to the covers of Dubai-based ‘Urban Guide to the Middle East’ Brownbook. This week it reaches its 44th issue with a special about Algeria – see more covers here.

 

Coming soon – The Gentlewoman #9


A big thank you to The Gentlewoman team for sharing an advance image of their next front cover. I love this beautiful portrait of Vivienne Westwood by Alasdair McLellan. This, their ninth issue, is out next week.

 

Overmatter: 18.02.14

List alert! Oitzarisme notes a very tasteful ‘Fifty magazines to buy before you die’

…and Coverjunkie selects the covers he hopes to see at the upcoming D&AD judging.

The British edition of Reader’s Digest is bought for less than a single issue of the mag by 71 year-old TV entrepeneur.

Bob Newman’s latest column for Folio takes a critical look at US launch Dr Oz Good Life, The logo is baffling to me, and is definitely the biggest problem on the cover.

Aussie design magazine Open Manifesto looks interesting in this piece by Kyoorius.

Issue one of Intern is now available for the iPad.

As British ABC starts to include digital sales in circulation figures, print still dominates digital. The exception? Tech mags.

New launch Alphabet promises a new take on family life. Support them on Kickstarter. Meanwhile Quarterly have bettered their Kickstarter target but are still taking pledges.

And don’t forget next week sees QVED2014 take place in Munich, featuring Alex Breuer (The Guardian), David Moretti (Italian Wired), Mike Meiré (032c et al) and many more. I’ll be speaking too. See you there?

 

Out now: Love magazine


Love magazine has become very playful with its logo in recent issues, and I particularly like this latest set of five covers using dribbling paint (though curiously they’ve used the same dribbles on each cover). Cute website too.

 

Overmatter: 11.02.13

This year’s Design Museum ‘Designs of the Year’ longlist includes several magazines – congratulations The Gourmand, A Magazine and Works That Work. Plus a special mention to Chris Ware’s ‘Building Stories’ DIY book.

NSA scourge Glenn Greenwald’s new online publishing project The Intercept launches, Gigaom gets confused about whether it’s a magazine or not.

Adam Curtis interviewed; ‘We don’t read newspapers because the journalism’s boring.’

Seen the branded delivery vans driving round town? Net-a-Porter have just made ‘the biggest launch of a British fashion magazine for years’.

Kate Moss’s first photography shoot (behind the camera) for British Vogue.

The New York Times now has 760,000 paying digital customers, the resulting income offsetting print drop.

Nascapas presents a selection of recent inflight magazine covers – TAP Portugal’s Up is always worth a look.

Super Salon is a Polish online magazine shop.

 

Out now: Bloomberg Businessweek


A great cover about E-cigarettes, channeling the clichés of tobacco advertising: typography, imagery, text. Fascinating to see something so powerful created using such a long-defunct form / click for larger version.

 

January 30, 2014

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City magazine celebrates 50


Luxembourg’s City magazine, with it’s real-person cover stars, celebrates its 50th issue today (fronted by Catherine, bottom right) with a spread of the 50 front covers. Published by my friends at Maison Moderne, the magazine is the official magazine of Luxembourg City.

 

Overmatter 29.01.14


‘Oops’ doesn’t quite cover it… Bath News forced to apologise after celebrating local half marathon with a copy of Boston’s bombing memorial cover.

BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour hosts women’s mag editors Lisa Smosarski (Stylist), Tricia Halpin (Marie Claire) and Lebby Eyres (New) in discussion about Lena Dunham and retouching (see pix here).

Matador magazine reaches the letter O.

Australian digital publication The Saturday Paper launches.

The latest Athenaeum interviewBoneshaker editor Mike White.

And don’t forget – magazine events coming up soon: I’m co-curating QVED2014 (Munich, February 28–March 02), and helping Steve Watson with his Guardian Masterclass on indie mag publishing. And later in the spring there’s Facing Pages (Arnhem March 28–29).

 

Overmatter: 21.01.14


Athenaeum blog interviews Danielle Pender, founder of Riposte, ‘We want the focus to be on what the women have to say, what they’ve achieved and who they are, rather than what they look like.’

032c no25 has a  surprise inside – a DIY piece by Cyprien Gaillard using images from National Geographic to celebrate that magazine’s 125th anniversary.

The Independent and sister title i are for sale.

Creative Bloq rounds up some fine zines.

A brief look behind the scenes at Tate Etc as it turns ten.

‘Most profitable magazine in the UK’ Radio Times focuses print profits on digital.

Time for one last ‘best of 2013’ list: Bob Newman selects his favo(u)rite covers with a typically broad selection.

 

Out now: US Wired


Magazine cover as icon – US Wired hasn’t lost its ability to create powerful imagery for big tech stories. Looking forward to reading their view on the Snowden – NSA revelations too.

Illustrator Christoph Niemann, design director Claudia de Almeida.