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

Issue 10 cover
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.

 

Out now: Neon

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Despite being German language, I always pick up a copy of Neon when I find one. Originally a spin-off from German news weekly Stern (check the little white flash on red background next to the logo), and launched to attract a younger unisex audience to that grand old brand, it’s completely outgrown that role and developed an audience of its own. It always looks great – far more clean and contemporary than any such magazine would dare in the UK – and I’m told it provides intelligent coverage of politics, society and culture and is constantly surprising in its approach to these subjects. Well worth looking out for in Germany and local countries.

Check more covers here.

 

Out now: The Modernist

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The tenth issue of The Modernist has a change of tack for its cover design, reflecting the theme of ‘Dictators’ influence on our modern world.’ A conceptual approach replaces the previous modernist graphics.

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Out now: AdWeek, red-on-red

Joanna Coles, AdWeek
This week US ad industry magazine AdWeek carries a powerful red-on-red cover shot of Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles by Marc Baptiste. More here.

 

Overmatter: 01.04.14


I love a magazine that challenges what a magazine is; Steve reviews new launch Emperor on the Stack blog.

Although well-executed, it doesn’t live up to the hype of being a game changer’ – The Saturday Paper launches.

‘What comes first, the brand or the content?’ asks Andy Cowles.

Keep up to date with The New Yorker covers.

Making or letting people pay; a reflection on micropayments for content.

Mother Jones looks behind the new publisher of Newsweek.

US magazine launch numbers ‘surprise’.

The Cleaver promises a new take on Chinese food, Kickstarting from Friday 4 April.

Editorial designer James Hunter has launched Startamag, a blog providing help for new magazines.