Out now: Fantastic Man #19

Fantastic Man 19
The nineteenth issue of Fantastic Man is here, sporting Mr. Boris Becker shot by Juergen Teller in front of a statue of Fred Perry at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Note the ancient-looking wooden racket.

Bird spotting


Last week I was changing planes in Munich, writes Andrew Losowsky, and spotted this cover of Business Punk, a relatively edgy business/lifestyle magazine – check that headline – made by the same company as Beef!

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Overmatter 21.03.14


I love these front cover designs for La Tempestad.

When did magazine covers become so contentious?

The Washington Post launches intriguing new digital strategy.

Calibre is a new mag for affluent over-50s men. Sounds promising, looks less so.

Don’t forget this Monday (24th) in London it’s the next Printout, and this time next week it’s Facing Pages (Arnhem).

Complete notes from QVED2014 are now on their site; my reports here soon.

 

What’s up with The Economist front covers?


Earlier this week a series of tweets criticised the latest front cover of The Economist (above). Erik Spiekermann, who redesigned the magazine in 2001, joined the exchange with links to his cover proposals from that time. Here, Andrew Losowsky takes a closer look at the covers.

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Out now: Brand Eins


The March issue of German business title Brand Eins has this powerful cover, a visual companion piece to the recent Art Review covers featured here. The headline reads, ‘I want to know everything about you. Why?’ Brand Eins covers are consistently good, and deserve more recognition.

Design/art direction Mike Meiré and Tim Giesen.

 

Out now: Brown Book #44


I’ve always liked the hexagonal design structure to the covers of Dubai-based ‘Urban Guide to the Middle East’ Brownbook. This week it reaches its 44th issue with a special about Algeria – see more covers here.

 

Coming soon – The Gentlewoman #9


A big thank you to The Gentlewoman team for sharing an advance image of their next front cover. I love this beautiful portrait of Vivienne Westwood by Alasdair McLellan. This, their ninth issue, is out next week.

 

Overmatter: 18.02.14

List alert! Oitzarisme notes a very tasteful ‘Fifty magazines to buy before you die’

…and Coverjunkie selects the covers he hopes to see at the upcoming D&AD judging.

The British edition of Reader’s Digest is bought for less than a single issue of the mag by 71 year-old TV entrepeneur.

Bob Newman’s latest column for Folio takes a critical look at US launch Dr Oz Good Life, The logo is baffling to me, and is definitely the biggest problem on the cover.

Aussie design magazine Open Manifesto looks interesting in this piece by Kyoorius.

Issue one of Intern is now available for the iPad.

As British ABC starts to include digital sales in circulation figures, print still dominates digital. The exception? Tech mags.

New launch Alphabet promises a new take on family life. Support them on Kickstarter. Meanwhile Quarterly have bettered their Kickstarter target but are still taking pledges.

And don’t forget next week sees QVED2014 take place in Munich, featuring Alex Breuer (The Guardian), David Moretti (Italian Wired), Mike Meiré (032c et al) and many more. I’ll be speaking too. See you there?

 

Out now: Love magazine


Love magazine has become very playful with its logo in recent issues, and I particularly like this latest set of five covers using dribbling paint (though curiously they’ve used the same dribbles on each cover). Cute website too.

 

Overmatter: 11.02.13

This year’s Design Museum ‘Designs of the Year’ longlist includes several magazines – congratulations The Gourmand, A Magazine and Works That Work. Plus a special mention to Chris Ware’s ‘Building Stories’ DIY book.

NSA scourge Glenn Greenwald’s new online publishing project The Intercept launches, Gigaom gets confused about whether it’s a magazine or not.

Adam Curtis interviewed; ‘We don’t read newspapers because the journalism’s boring.’

Seen the branded delivery vans driving round town? Net-a-Porter have just made ‘the biggest launch of a British fashion magazine for years’.

Kate Moss’s first photography shoot (behind the camera) for British Vogue.

The New York Times now has 760,000 paying digital customers, the resulting income offsetting print drop.

Nascapas presents a selection of recent inflight magazine covers – TAP Portugal’s Up is always worth a look.

Super Salon is a Polish online magazine shop.