British GQ editor Dylan Jones reminds us ‘content is only as good as the people producing it.’
The Long + Short is a new digital magazine designed by Mark Porter and published by innovation group Nesta. Glitchy to use but boldly designed and a forward-looking move into web-based rather than app publishing. Best on iPad.
Unampped is another digital magazine, promising hidden stories from around the world on the basis ‘why you should live here.’
The name IPC disappears from the British newsstand after 60 years.
Coming soon: Lagom, from the makers of 8Faces and Digest.
The New Yorker marks Saul Steinberg’s centenary with an archive piece by the artist.
See the new issue of Offscreen being printed.
Three things to love about this cover: first, it signals the arrival of a new issue of free comic Off Life; second it features the work of man-of-the-moment Jean Julien – his work may be everywhere but his muse is as strong as ever; which leads to thing three: his drawing. What a perfectly melancholic, human representation of the depressing side of the internet.
Editor Steven Gregor is blogging on the SPD site all this week as they start a series of guest posts to celebrate their 50th anniversary. There’s also a second newsstand-only over with art by Alexander Wells (below).
August 28, 2014
The Times provides journalists with typewriter background noise in new offices. Love the phrase ‘not necessarily permanent’.
New York magazine’s The Cut gets bitchy about latest New York Times Magazine cover. Fair comment?
US Vogue relaunches its website this week, promising a cleaner look and the exciting news that ‘a tiny 3-D printed replica of the model Karlie Kloss, dressed in what appeared to be a tiny couture outfit… would be taken around the world and photographed for the site’.
Ever wonder how much Anna Wintour’s clothing allowance is?
Interview/profile of Monocle’s Tyler Brulé, ‘If the World Economic Forum did not already exist, he would be doing it’.
Offlife’s live drawing Quickdraw evening returns to the House of Illustration, London, on 18 September.
August 20, 2014
The highest-selling UK iPad mag, The Economist, sells 21k copies a week. See full ABC table.
Enjoy this beautiful set of images from Modern Farmer magazine.
‘ I love that there are more independent food magazines out there than ever before!’ Athenaeum interview Fiorella Valdesolo from Gather Journal.
‘Three magazine events you need to know about’ according to Steve at Stack. Thanks Steve!
From magazine to website – Company goes digital-only.
Pivot is a smart-looking sports mag project from recent design graduate Max Amato in New York.
35 covers of The New Yorker.
Finally, congratulations to Gail Bichler, just appointed as Arem Duplessis’s successor as design director at the New York Times Magazine.
Read online; and editor-in-chief Scott Dadich’s notes on the experience of shooting Snowden; ‘We returned to the prop table, and Snowden picked up the flag...’
Who will hold it next?
August 12, 2014
New Kickstarter-backed launch HrdCvr hires Claudia de Almeida, late of US Wired, as creative director.
iPad magazine pioneer Joe Zeff closes studio to work in-house at Scrollmotion, ‘The publishing business has been an elevator that continues to move down. This is the chance to get on an elevator moving up.’
‘Bookazines’ aren’t just a horrible made-up name, they’re also threatening the magazine newsstand.
As parent companies rush to hive off their print businesses, The New York Times reports on the death of the newspaper; ‘If this is the future… what is underway may be a kind of mercy killing.’
…while Michael Wolff is in more positive mood, ‘the powers that be aren’t so much taking our livelihood from us as they are giving it back.’
Bob Newman recalls the early front covers of Wire.
‘Fuck the begrudgers,’ says publisher as British Vogue hits a record 462 pages for this years September issue (including a record 293 ad pages).
Confessions of a magazine editor, ‘it’s all in such dramatic flux that it’s very easy to make errors.’
Subscribers to UK Harper’s Bazaar will receive this smart alternative cover featuring Rosie Huntington-Whiteley shot by David Slijper, inspired by Harper’s of old and art directed by Marissa Bourke (image via GymClass).
Meanwhile in New York, Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed shoot by Mario Testino is headlined with bespoke type by Alex Trochut. Art direction Chris Dixon.
‘At Work With’ returns next week.