November 9, 2013

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Bloomberg sophistication

Just back from Berlin, more of which to follow, but have to quickly post this. A complete change of typography makes this Bloomberg cover special. It’s a very brave thing to do but applying ‘sophistication’ to the magazines masthead, and not just to the twitter bird, is a winner (thanks Andy).


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The Gentlewoman’s Penny Martin will be discussing her favourite books at YCN, London, November 20.

In the South West this weekend? Publish and Be Damned hits Plymouth, UK, this Sunday, November 3.

Back to the future at the top of Time Inc.

Hearst Marketing and Publishing Director Michael Clinton declares ‘print is thriving.’

Interview with Philip Diprose, editor of The Ride Journal.

British GQ celebrates 25 years with a doorstop of an issue; editor Dylan Jones selects his favourite 25 covers.

Russell Brand edits an issue of the New Statesman.

An archive of George Giusti’s front covers for Holiday – beautiful.


V&A magazine cover-within-a-cover

The V&A Magazine team have been busy with their front cover again. To tie in with two current exhibitions the team have produced a pair of covers; the one on the left is the rarer copy, and it features in the second cover (right) being read by an actor posing as the fictional character Norman Swann. Swann is the supposed inhabitant of Elmgreen & Dragset’s installation ‘Tomorrow’. The installation consists of a grand apartment slipped among the museum’s galleries.


October 3, 2013

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Books x magazines – a tale of two formats

There are a good few magazine-related books around at the moment, and here are two very different examples that have crossed my desk recently: the self-explanatory ‘Radio Times Cover Story’ and ‘The Monocle Guide to Better Living’.

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After a hectic week of the AGI Open conference it was a pleasure to sit down and tweet images of magazine typography for the Design Museum yesterday. Here are a few of my posts, along with a selection of others contributed over the afternoon. Thanks to Michael at the Museum for inviting me, and to everyone who took part.

Click on images for larger versions, and see the full set on twitter – search #FontSunday (above image from The Face, Neville Brody, 1983).

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Overmatter 25.09.13

National Geographic is celebrating 125 years of publishing with a tumblr archive.

It’s the last few days of the PPA cover of the century vote. Hint – Time Out.

On BBC Radio last week – a great interview with the founders of Spare Rib. And tomorrow (Thursday 26) at 1130am, Radio 4, there’s a show about the covers of the Radio Times.

In New York? Pentagram partner Luke Hayman is talking at the Type Directors Club, New York on Thursday, October 3.

In Amsterdam? The new issue of Colors is being launched at the Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum magazine shop tomorrow night (Thursday 26)

Coming to AGI Open? I’m joining Simon Esterson, Angus Hyland and David Pearson for a discussion with Catherine Dixon about publishing tomorrow (Thursday 26) around 12noon. And I’m talking in the main hall Friday afternoon.


Overmatter 17.09.13

Indie wine mag Noble Rot are looking for Kickstarter support. Do it!

SND goes behind the scenes of last week’s New York Bloomberg cover.

Loved this infographic on the front of The New York Times.

A profile of Chile’s satirical magazine The Clinic, named after the London Clinic where ex-President Pinochet wasa arrested.

I like the look of news architecture mag Tremors.

The Modern Magazine update, new speakers added: We’re pleased to confirm Justine Picardie, editor of UK Harper’s Bazaar, and David Jacobs, CEO of New York app publisher 29th Street (projects include Letter to Jane) are joining the line up for our October 16 event. New graduates (2012/13) can also pay the student rate. Full details here.


September 13, 2013

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Out now

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Out now: The Gentlewoman #8

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Another fine, brave front cover arrives. Taking their belief in black and white a step further – their covers to date have featured B&W portraits – the new edition of The Gentlewoman doesn’t even have a colour border around the image of French actress Léa Seydoux. Pure B&W!

The magazine has also launched an elegant website with plenty of content from earlier issues.


My Favo(u)rite Magazine extract #01

In the first of ten extracts from the My Favo(u)rite Magazine publication we’re selling to raise funds for Bob Newman (details here), we share the contribution of York-based designer, writer and twitter wit Daniel Benneworth Gray. Watch out for another extract next Wednesday.

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Out now: Port #11

If you’re going to publish your own magazine break some rules along the way, and this new Port cover is a great example of doing just that.

Leading with actor Michael Shannon shot in London by Nadav Kander (and styled by David St.John James), it is the magazine’s first word-free cover. A brave move based on the power of the image (click image to see larger version). Many magazines publish subscriber covers with a similar simplicity, but their newsstand versions always succumb to the word.