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.
This week’s Printout was another sold-out evening of magazine intelligence, with Vice, Colors and Eye sharing the floor to offer advice on the staying power of their magazines. Despite early tech problems – when things go wrong they ALL go wrong – a singular message came from the three speakers.
It’s always great to see Scott King’s ‘Sink Amercian Vogue’ project, a highlight of last years The Modern Magazine day.
‘Keep it gridded (but not too gridded)’ – 10 rules for better editorial design.
Editor Alec Dudson talks to Athenaeum about issue two of Intern, ‘this last two years or so have seen a huge rise in the number of quality independent magazines out there.’
It’s Nice That’s Studio Audience podcast looks ahead at our Fiera project.
Bob Newman looks back at Jill magazine, ‘the design was sleek and understated, with hints of New Wave typography.’
MagFest gets better and better – James Brown added to line-up, 5 September, Edinburgh.
Iceberg Press is a new magazine publisher launched to take over The Simple Things from Future.
Extraordinary it still needs saying, but Digiday points out ‘Fonts still matter in digital media.’
Paul Keers reminds content marketers that magazines still matter to their business, despite it being ‘easier to get attention for our work in digital, which everyone wants to talk about.’
New Elsie magazine alert – more on this soon.
And finally, a big appreciative welcome to the new New Yorker site.
If, like me, you enjoy coffee and magazines, Espresso Tales from Australia was made for you.
The first 50 front covers of The Face; the first few are by Steve Bush, the majority by Neville Brody. Anyone know at which point the changeover took place?
US mags look forward to their most successful September ad-sales ever.
The 2014 PPA Awards winners were announced last week; congratulations to everyone but especially designers Mark Neil (NME) and Simon Campbell (Strategies for Growth)
New magazine Table Talk sounds intriguing; read a brief interview with editor Benjamin Moe: ‘One of the most exciting parts of developing this magazine is realizing it’s a living, maturing thing that grows and changes with each issue…’
From The Magazine Diaries… ‘Quit moaning and get busy.’
Finally… at the time of writing our Kickstarter campaign for Fiera magazine is £750 off target with 46 hours to go. Thanks everyone who’s supported the new mag so far – how about joining them?
June 18, 2014
The New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff selects his favourite cartoons from the mag.
NASCAPAS offer some more World Cup front covers.
Eye have posted a 2003 interview with David King (Sunday Times, City Limits) on their blog; ‘I still design my books using full-scale xeroxes on the light box, which I then give to others to transfer to computer.’
Stack has an interview with Dave Lane from The Gourmand.
Anorak founder Cathy Olmedillas looks back at Sleazenation, ‘At first, I simply didn’t get it. But that’s precisely why I fell in love with it, because it made me question things.’
The Royal Mail bans Drum magazine for front cover swearing.
Pickles has a digital World Cup special.
New magazine: the North East calls! Welcome to the Tusk Journal.
If you have a few spare days you might enjoy this selection of magazine-related content (thanks Kati).
Most celebrated radical magazines come from the left; Steven Heller looks at one from the right, Borghese.