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.
March 14, 2014
Interview with Libertine editor Debbie Evans as issue four lands, ‘Early feedback has been that readers want more digital content, and more from the network and community, particularly around events.’
Another magazine using Kickstarter; Print Isn’t Dead is an awful title with the right idea.
US Marie Claire launches Branché, a pop up magazine for young, hip New York women, complete with acute accent.
‘What you think you know about about (how we read) the web is wrong.’
The Vogue Festival takes place at London’s South Bank Centre, March 28/29.
Pog Mo Goal is another new football magazine, this time from Ireland.
Washington magazine store closes.
Laurence King, publishers of The Modern Magazine, have started a Pinterest board of magazine covers.
CR Blog looks inside the latest Little Whites Lies; back to its’s visual best.
January 27, 2014
Illustrator Quentin Blake will be talking about his work at the South Bank Centre, London, February 4.
Bloomberg Businessweek hold their second Design Conference in San Francisco, March 10. Speakers include Neville Brody, Ben Terrett (gov.uk) and BBW editor Josh Tyrangiel and creative director Richard Turley.
A quick look at the debut issue of Carlos, from Spring 2003.
German blog Freund von Freunden launch Companion, a new magazine for 25h Hotel Bikini Berlin.
Following my look at The Pitchfork Review last week, The Observer reviews a selection of free music titles.
Sadly, Flamingo will no longer be published but they still have copies available online.
At Work With returns next week.
One very distinct genre of new magazine is the website/blog print spin-off. Various smaller blogs – including this one – have experimented with print, while others have made significant inroads into regular publishing (It’s Nice That, Freund von Freunden, Slanted etc). This new example is particularly interesting, as the apparent death of the music magazine has been, in part, blamed on the rise of online music coverage. And when people talk about online music writing they generally mean Pitchfork, a site that’s been reviewing music online for 17 years now.
This Saturday The Guardian newspaper launches a new monthly supplement. Do Something promises hundreds of idea to break your routine and stimulate, encourage and inspire you. Whether the ideas are so great – it boasts snowboarding to street photography via starting your own supper club – it certainly looks great, with plenty of illustration including the cover by Owen Gildersleeve and other pieces by Owen Gatley, Yann Le Bec, Sam Brewster and Hattie Newman spread across strong layouts by art director Chris Clarke.
More images after the jump – click for larger versions.
The eighth issue of The Ride Journal is available for pre-order now, with more beautiful cover art from Shan Jiang (see full cover after the jump) and a new design using only Eric Gill’s Golden Cockerel typeface. ‘One font publications are the way forward!’ says art director Andrew Diprose.
It’s been a while since issue seven, but the wait has been worth it, the illustration and photography are stunning throughout. Click images for larger versions.
Update: it’s notable that this is one of the only cover tributes that references the young Mandela, the period he was still regarded as a terrorist rather than hero by the predecessors of many of those leaders paying homage today.
Illustration by Kadir Nelson
This is the 24th edition of London street art mag VNA, but as far as I recall its the first mention here on the blog. Shame! A pocket-sized collection of found work and interviews with artists, what it lacks in design structure is more than compensated for by the imagery (design-wise it really needs a clean, simple approach to let the art be king). Nevermind, this front cover is a really strong image, a favourite of recent times. and as a collector of road sign images the defaced signs (below) were a natural pick.