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.
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.
March 21, 2014
I love these front cover designs for La Tempestad.
The Washington Post launches intriguing new digital strategy.
Calibre is a new mag for affluent over-50s men. Sounds promising, looks less so.
Complete notes from QVED2014 are now on their site; my reports here soon.
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.
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.