New BBW creative director confirmed

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Robert Vargas, one of Richard Turley’s team at Bloomberg Businessweek, has been confirmed as Richard’s replacement. He’s been responsible for many of the cover executions, but here’s his first as creative director.

D&AD Pencil winners

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Congratulations to the two magazine winners at last nights D&AD Awards night in London. Bloomberg Businessweek added to their haul of recent awards with a Pencil rewarding a recent run of covers including Obama Crashed (after the jump); a nice swansong for creative director Richard Turley as he settles into his new job at MTV.

The other winner was Moscovskie Novosti, (above), a Russian newspaper I know little about but which looks strong in this one spread. Art director Anton Stepanov.

A host of other magazines and newspapers were nominated for a Pencil – see list on D&AD site.

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Overmatter: 21.05.14

Behind the scenes of the recent Boat redesign, ‘inspired by classic literary journals.

Issue one of Four & Sons, ‘Where dogs and culture collide’ is now available for order.

Interview with the founders of US mag Cherry Bombe, ‘It’s food, femininity, and a kind of fierceness in two simple words.

The Guardian continue to build their future, nabbing NYTimes digital news editor Aron Pilhofer.

Offscreen editor Kai Brach, interviewed by Coolhunting, describes how paper ‘forces us to slow down, to switch off and read for pleasure

It’s the World Cup in three weeks, get that front cover ready! Here are the first examples, via Nascapas.

We wrote in inverted pyramids,’ Jeff Jarvis looks back at how newspaper articles once had to fade out rather than reach a crescendo.

Some lovely original illustrations available on this online auction in support of Bob Newman.

The magCulture hour of Megazines from last month’s Pick Me Up is now available online. Hear me and Steve Watson run through an A-Z of magazine making as our guests share their favourite independent mags.

And… don’t forget next Tuesday, straight after the bank holiday, is the next Printout night, a design special.

 

May 16, 2014

Front covers

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Stern x New York magazine

Odd visual reference to New York mag logo on this Stern cover story #tw
Is this deliberate? The cover story of German newsweekly Stern is about New York, and the headline seems to mimic the typography of New York magazine.

 

Overmatter: 13.05.14


When the time comes, who will take over as editor at Vanity Fair?

Bob Newman looks at the reborn design aesthetic of the NME.

Mike Dempsey digs out the work of David Driver, one of the lesser-recognised names of British editorial design. Check out his design for Harper’s Bazaar.

Fast Company highlights the stylised sci-fi illustration of Omni magazine.

Here comes the Pitchfork Review #2 – It’s Nice That have the low-down.

Offscreen magazine is auctioning rare copies if its early issues.

Wax magazine has a smart new website

…as does the LA Times; its complete revamp getting much attention for the ‘Shareline’ ready-to-send tweets and its ‘Visual Browse’ option.

 

Out now: Wrap #10

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It’s great to see one of my favourite illustrators, Jean Julien, bringing humour to the front cover of the new issue of Wrap. The cover is a shift away from more abstract designs toward the more engaging use of a stronger image of a face. Using the human face is an established rule of magazine covers of course, but it’s fascinating seeing a small magazine find its feet and accept such rules on its own terms.

The image wraps (!) round to the back cover (after the jump) to highlight the issues theme, plants.

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Overmatter: 07.05.14


Grafik reviews Steven Heller’s 100 Classic Graphic Design Journals.

The PPA announces its 2014 Awards shortlist, including the chance to vote for your favourite front cover. Congratulations to nominees.

Meanwhile the ISTD has launched its International Typographic Awards 2014; closing date June 14.

Bob Newman’s latest Folio column takes a look at Politico’s latest front cover. ‘I like the simple, unadorned design of this cover a lot.

Looks like Good magazine is returning to print, two years after going digital-only.

A quick review of the new Noble Rot.

Advertising Age art director Jesper Goransson talks through his latest front cover for the mag.

See you Thursday night at Printout Bristol.

 

Out now: New York TV special

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Straight off the back of their Magazine of the Year win at the SPD Awards, here’s the latest cover of New York.

TV-star of the moment Jim Parsons, strong colour, clear type and the extreme confidence shown in blocking out most of the masthead make this a really strong piece. Reminder to self – must pick up a copy, haven’t seen the mag since it went fortnightly.

 

Boston wins ASME cover of the year


Almost exactly a year after publication, this cover of Boston magazine has just won Cover of the Year at the ASME awards in the US. Congratulations to art director Brian Struble and photographer Mitch Feinberg (see the shortlist for the competition).

See the full list of ASME winners here.

 

Out now: Little White Lies #53

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featured in our Pick Me Up radio hour earlier this week, via Radiohead’s song Motion Picture Soundtrack, source of the magazine’s name. And today the new issue arrived at magCulture, with this strong comic-style cover by Kristian Hammerstad.