Overmatter: 27.08.14

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?

Kickstarter update: two mags almost at target, TV mag Sixteen by Nine and design title Dirty Furniture. Which one will you support?

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.

 

Overmatter: 20.08.14

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.

 

Varoom! x The Face

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The latest issue of the AOI’s magazine Varoom! has a lengthy look at The Face and it’s use of illustration by illustrator/educator Lawrence Zeegan. Besides the familiar nostalgic warm bath of early covers and spreads, the piece offers a surprising alternative history of the magazine and its use of illustration, something I hjad forgotten until now.

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Overmatter: 24.06.14


Sometimes celebrity guest editors sound like tired promo efforts. I like to think Andy Murray editing The Beano will be inspired.

Fast Company talks illustration with Robert Priest and Grace Lee, the team behind US football mag Eight by Eight.

In case you missed this, last week Stack launched its fantastic Student Union project to encourage student magazines.

The New York Times Magazine’s new editor Jake Silverstein talks about his plans for the magazine, ‘A big redesign is coming, but it’ll take some time.

HRDCVR is an ambitious new magazine from San Francisco that is currently Kickstarting. Aimed at the ‘New Everyone’, it’s a little short on detail but has strong backers.

 

Overmatter: 18.06.14


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.

Read my ten-point guide to launching a magazine, written for YCN magazine; and my 100 Words contribution to the Magazine Diaries.

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.

 

New launch: Teepee

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This has been bubbling away for a little while now but I’m excited to confirm that the Anorak team is launching Teepee, a new magazine for teenagers, this September.

As publisher/editor Cathy Olmedillas explained at last year’s Modern Magazine conference, plenty of people told her a new kids’s mag wouldn’t work when she launched Anorak; over 30 issues of Anorak later she’s been told a teenage title won’t work. Watch this space!

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Overmatter: 13.05.14


When the time comes, who will take over as editor at Vanity Fair?

Bob Newman looks at the reborn design aesthetic of the NME.

Mike Dempsey digs out the work of David Driver, one of the lesser-recognised names of British editorial design. Check out his design for Harper’s Bazaar.

Fast Company highlights the stylised sci-fi illustration of Omni magazine.

Here comes the Pitchfork Review #2 – It’s Nice That have the low-down.

Offscreen magazine is auctioning rare copies if its early issues.

Wax magazine has a smart new website

…as does the LA Times; its complete revamp getting much attention for the ‘Shareline’ ready-to-send tweets and its ‘Visual Browse’ option.

 

Out now: Wrap #10

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It’s great to see one of my favourite illustrators, Jean Julien, bringing humour to the front cover of the new issue of Wrap. The cover is a shift away from more abstract designs toward the more engaging use of a stronger image of a face. Using the human face is an established rule of magazine covers of course, but it’s fascinating seeing a small magazine find its feet and accept such rules on its own terms.

The image wraps (!) round to the back cover (after the jump) to highlight the issues theme, plants.

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Out now: Little White Lies #53

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featured in our Pick Me Up radio hour earlier this week, via Radiohead’s song Motion Picture Soundtrack, source of the magazine’s name. And today the new issue arrived at magCulture, with this strong comic-style cover by Kristian Hammerstad.

 

At Work With: Lula and Thorbjorn, Herself

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We start the week in the company of Lula and Thorbjørn Ankerstjerne, co-founders of Herself magazine. One of the most curious titles to cross the magCulture desk for some time, Herself is an illustrated feast of fashion that is the very definition of how a magazine can create its own, unique view of the world. They launched the magazine in 2011, and we join them as they start work on their seventh issue.

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