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.
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.
We start the new week with Florian Bachleda, Creative Director of Fast Company Media. Florian is one of the leading figures in US editorial design, having worked for titles including Vibe, Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly and Latina. He has been president of the Society of Publication Designers (SPD) and was on its board for five years. We look ahead at his week as he and his team complete design evolutions for the June issue of the magazine.
Fomo is an algorithmic journalism machine producing a magazine from events at Milan design week.
Longtime Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter added to editors hall of fame.
Illustrators! The next Quickdraw take place in London, April 24.
MagPile has a useful list of current magazine Kickstarter campaigns.
The new issue of Adbusters has a hole in it; Atheneaum have the pix.
List alert! And what a list… 101 music front covers, from 1937–2014, courtesy of Bob Newman. Follow-up already under way.
Mary Berner, CEO and president of MPA, explains why ‘magazines aren’t screwed,’ (though story URL implies otherwise).
The Association of Illustrators presents The Illustrators Guide to Business, a two-day course alongside this years Pick Me Up at Somerset House (attendees get 20% off tickets to PMU).
Nuts squeezed out – it wasn’t just the boobs, apparently.
‘Digital… print… the substrate is irrelevant. It’s all about reading,’ – Bo Sacks at Digital Innovators’ Summit in Berlin.
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.