Overmatter 28.05.13

Magazines are more popular than ever amongst US college students.

The Guardian does snowfall – a great piece of experimental web editorial featuring text, moving image, audio and infographics.

A look back at when Time Inc. was the Google of its era, and how the party ground to a halt.

‘A Golden Age of Print’ is a favourite phrase of mine, repeated here in an excellent piece by Peter Houston about contemporary indies, but properly attributed to Andrew Losowsky’s introduction to the book ‘Turning Pages’.

Guardian readers recommend their favourite songs about magazines.

Take a flick through the new issue of Eye, featuring my Reputations interview with Vanity Fair design director Chris Dixon.


Overmatter 21.05.13

The New York Times has strict photo-manipulation policies, dropped only for fashion.

Mark Vessey makes art from magazine spines (thanks Warren).

A look back at the hugely influential The Whole Earth Catalog.

In London next week? Hear the Eye magazine team discuss their collaboration as part of It’s Nice That’s ‘Nicer Tuesday’, 28 May.

You have until the end of this week to vote for the PPA Cover of the Year. Andy Cowles has a great, informed, run-through of the odds.

Vince Frost recalls Big magazine, ‘It was raw, bold and simple. And very masculine. That’s probably why it still looks strong.’


Remembering Blitz magazine

My first magazine job was art directing eighties style mag Blitz, a magazine that has largely been overshadowed by The Face and i-D since. These two were launched by experienced industry figures – i-D’s Terry Jones was previously Vogue art director and Nick Logan had edited NME and Smash Hits before launching The Face – while Blitz started as a student magazine at Oxford University before moving to London and going glossy. The Face and i-D lasted longer thanks to backing from Condé Nast (and later EMAP) and Time Out respectively, while the young owners of Blitz rather foolhardily went it alone.

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Kurt Andersen looks back at Spy

Andrew Losowsky hears a rare talk by one of the founders of Spy magazine.

On Tuesday I went to see Kurt Andersen (now perhaps best known here in the States as a public radio presenter) give a talk about Spy magazine to a tiny roomful of people at D-Crit, New York.

Spy was a co-creation of himself, Graydon Carter (with whom he worked with at Time magazine, and who went on to become the much-lauded editor of Vanity Fair, a post he’s held since 1992) and businessman Tom Phillips.

It ran from 1986-98 (though its founders left within two years of selling it to investors in the early 1990s), and it is increasingly viewed as being hugely significant for its satirical outlook and innovative design, originally by Alexander Isley. The entire Spy archive is now available for free on Google Books.

Andersen described the event as the first time in 20 years that he’d gone back to discuss Spy. Here are some freeform notes that I took during his highly entertaining presentation.

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