Out now: Star Ship #12

Star Ship is an art magazine based in Berlin. The articles are written in either English or German, depending entirely on the language that the writer wants to use: this kind of unconventionally laid-back editorial approach is very much part of the anarchic spirit of the publication.

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Out Now: Reportagen #21

is an independent Swiss magazine that brings you swift, short and enticing reports from around the world (written in German). The book-sized publication always boasts a bright, typographic cover, with text laid out like a traditional pamphlet – almost a contents page. Infographics and fun cartoons abound, and in the recent bright green issue 21 we were particularly taken by a pig illustration by Claudia Blum.

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Out now: Mood #7

I’ve always been a fan of the Mood logo. The mash of the words ‘food’ and ‘music’ that is visually represented by the two O’s, the first being a record and the other a burger, is a perfect representation of the publication’s content. And their covers are also always so striking, especially when placed on a shelf surrounded by other independent magazines. Issue seven has a cover as eye-catchingly colourful as ever, and it’s themed ‘World Music’, a term Editors Emma Hovel and Mario Villar Sangurjo rightly questions in their letter, as it’s a genre that music aside from conventional Anglo rock/pop is often unfairly categorised into.

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At work with: Walter Green, Lucky Peach

I’ve recently had the chance to spend time with two of the principals of Lucky Peach – editor Chris Ying (at U Symposium) and art director Walter Green (at QVED) – and can confirm they live their magazine. These guys are committed to food of every type! We start the new week with Walter, now back at work in San Francisco. Before Lucky Peach he worked at McSweeney’s and The New York Times Magazine, as well as contributing illustrations to New York, Bloomberg Businessweek The Atlantic. He was recently named one of Print magazine’s New Visual Artists, and one of The L Magazine’s 30 Under 30; if that’s not remarkable enough, he’s not even pushing 30, turning 25 this week.

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Out now: Herself #8

Herself returns with a fine eighth issue, resolving the one flaw in its otherwise extraordinary creative concept. Sometimes let down by its front covers, with this issue the covers – their are four different ones – perfectly set up the reader for the absurd world to be found inside the magazine.

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Overmatter: 10.03.15

Steven from Gym Class interviews the team behind The Guardian’s The Fashion magazine.

In London? This year’s PPA Festival takes place on May 21.

Vice takes a look inside the pages of Flaneur.

In NY? Design Director Elizabeth Hummer is talking about her work for Harper’s Bazaar this Wednesday, 11 March, for SPD…

…and the SPD blog also has a new guest editor for the week. Illustrator Ward Sutton is interviewing various cartoonists, highlighting their editorial work.

Private Eye finally launch a podcast via the Eyeplayer, of course.

Read a little piece I wrote for Guestbook, about travel mags.


Out now: Double Dot #6

There are a lot of magazines at the moment that centre on cities, and it’s becoming difficult for publications of this genre to stand out and do something distinct. But  pocket-sized Double Dot manages a fresh approach to the topic. For each issue, the Toronto-based magazine selects sister cities like Los Angeles and Vancouver, or Amsterdam and Montreal, and collates content that invites us to connect the dots and consider what makes up the special relationship between the two geographical points.

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Out now: Pollen #1

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The first issue of Pollen is somewhere between being a book, a magazine, a collage, an art catalogue and a science museum brochure. The publication has been put together by a group of philosophy graduate students from the University of Sydney; inspired by their studies they decided to entitle the first issue ‘The Idea of Natural History’, a theme which stems from the theories of Theodore Adorno.

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Overmatter 18.02.15

This miserable story of corrupt influence at the once grand old British newspaper the Daily Telegraph reminds us why we should remain aware of the difference between advertising and editorial. Essential reading…

…not least because the same newspaper has just launched Spark, its new ‘native-ad number crunching’ division.

Dirty Furniture founder examines the appeal of fresh ink, ‘there was a time when everyone wrote a novel or started a band, now it is just as likely they will launch a magazine.’

All redesigns cause some amount of consternation for regular readers…Editor Jake Silverstein prepared his readers for this weekend’s New York Times Magazine redesign with this column last Sunday. More here soon.

Monocle24 radio is moving to full 24-hour programming.

Odd One Out fails to make crowdfunding target, goes ahead anyway.

Google teams up with Visual Editions to ‘think outside the book.

The Green Soccer Journal has a new issue out; plus a brand new website.

A look at the illustrations commissioned  for Gawker.


The New Yorker at 90

Every year The New Yorker marks its anniversary with a cover featuring its mascot Eustace Tilley, the monocled dandy who appeared on the very first cover back in 1925 and remains a central part of the magazine’s identity. For their 90th anniversary this week they’ve gone a step further, commissioning a set of nine covers, one for each decade to date, from regular contributors.

Cover art director Francoise Mouly discusses the project.

Artists: Christoph Niemann, Peter Mendelsund, Lorenzo Mattotti, Anita Kunz, Barry Blitt, Istvan Banyai, Roz Chast, Kadir Nelson and Carter Goodrich

Read an appreciation of the letter ‘R’ in the New Yorker logo.