Overmatter: 05.09.14


The Gentlewoman
’s Penny Martin interviewed for SHOWstudio and for SPD Blog (that SPD link is a part of Gym Class ed Steven Gregor’s excellent guest edit of the site).

A top ten of art and design bookstores from around the world. Assume indie mags available too.

Coming soon: Poppy, a new type of business mag from the makers of Hot Rum Cow. Look out for a copy at our Modern Magazine day.

In New York on 30 September? Make sure you get along to SPD’s get-together of Entertainment Weekly alumni.

IKEA advertises its new catalogue in unique bookbook format.

A gorgeous archive of 20th century modernist/surrealist magazines.

A map showing the homes of German independent magazines. Berlin leads, Hamburg second (thanks Kati).

Here’s me on the YCN blog talking about The Modern Magazine 2014; and on FormFiftyFive. Got your ticket yet?

 

Overmatter: 12.08.14

New Kickstarter-backed launch HrdCvr hires Claudia de Almeida, late of US Wired, as creative director.

iPad magazine pioneer Joe Zeff closes studio to work in-house at Scrollmotion, ‘The publishing business has been an elevator that continues to move down. This is the chance to get on an elevator moving up.’

‘Bookazines’ aren’t just a horrible made-up name, they’re also threatening the magazine newsstand.

As parent companies rush to hive off their print businesses, The New York Times reports on the death of the newspaper; ‘If this is the future… what is underway may be a kind of mercy killing.

…while Michael Wolff is in more positive mood, ‘the powers that be aren’t so much taking our livelihood from us as they are giving it back.

Bob Newman recalls the early front covers of Wire.

‘Fuck the begrudgers,’ says publisher as British Vogue hits a record 462 pages for this years September issue (including a record 293 ad pages).

Confessions of a magazine editor, ‘it’s all in such dramatic flux that it’s very easy to make errors.

 

The magCulture shop

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Today we relaunch our online shop in partnership with Newsstand. It’s the same deal as before – a small selection of our favourite magazines based on what we review on the blog, available internationally. And working with Newsstand we can offer quick turnaround on orders and good postage rates.

A big thank you to Keir Whitaker for his help sorting out the Shopify side of things, and to David Atkins and his team at Newsstand.

Take a look at what’s in stock, and watch out for some exciting news very soon under the ‘Events’ tab.

magculture.com/shop

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At Work With: Andy & Becky, Colours May Vary

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Arts librarian Andy Gray and retail designer Becky Palfery opened their magazine shop Colours May Vary in Leeds eighteen months ago. We meet them as they prepare to open their first events space and launch a range of commissioned screenprints.

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Out now: Flaneur #3

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The third issue of Flaneur is on its way, looking great with this bright, bright cover as it focuses on Rue Bernard in Montreal. The Athenaeum have an interview with editor-in-chief Ricarda Messner, who reveals the location for the next issue.

www.flaneur-magazine.com

 

Overmatter: 30.05.14

Behind the scenes of the new Guardian iOS and Android apps, ‘The new app is the foundation for our future in apps – it’ll keep getting better.

Scotlands’ MagFest returns for a third year with excellent speakers including Andy Cowles and Peter Houston: Edinburgh, 5 September.

Start-a-mag and People of Print review this weeks Printout.

Talking of People of Print, they’ve been around a while but are getting busier and busier supporting printing and printers. Next up: a book.

Taint magazine is a new project by students from LCC and they’re Kickstarting the first issue – support them!

The homepage recedes and ‘Every URL is a potential starting point for readers’ according to the NYTimes’ director of news analytics.

Ex-editor Jane Friedman barely reins in the bitterness as she makes some strong points about the failings of print magazines.‘They can sit at the National Magazine Awards at a single table and congratulate themselves on the industry they’re preserving.’

Allscript have relaunched their Singapore-based magazine store with a good selection of your favourites.

And if you’re in London the magCulture pop-up shop will be open again at the Monocle Summer Fayre, June 14/15. We hope to relaunch our online shop the same time.

 

Overmatter: 15.04.14


The Guardian editor Alan Rushbridger celebrates the culture of his organisation as it wins Pulitzer prize; ‘newspapers made a fatal mistake… and jettisoned the stuff that seemed difficult and expensive.

PPA reconfigures its annual conference under the banner ‘Re_Invented 2014//’. Note the underscore and slashes. Perhaps most remarkably, the line-up reveals Jamie Callum is publishing his own magazine, The Eighty Eight, and it looks, gulp, quite intriguing.

Inside PopBitch and its iPad app plans; ‘Be nice, and if you can’t be nice, be funny.

Ideas on Paper is a fine-looking new magazine store in Nottingham; Stack interviews owner Alex Smith.

Kickstarter alert: The Holborn Magazine is another digital spin-off, promising the ‘best in design, apparel and craft.’ Support them!

Out soon: the new-look Boat magazine, issue seven Lima, Peru.

 

At Work With: Steve Watson, Stack Magazines


Five years ago Steve Watson (my partner in Printout) launched the Stack Magazines subscription service to help independent publishers find new readers for their magazines. Here he looks ahead at his week as he achieves his ambition to run the service as a full-time enterprise.

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At Work With: Tom Taylor, the Newspaper Club


We start this week with Tom Taylor, co-founder of and technical brains behind The Newspaper Club.
Already known for their small-run newsprint service, they have just announced a print-on-demand service, the Newsagent. Tom looks ahead at his week as they launch their own one-off publication, Things Our Friends Have Saved on the Internet, to promote and test the Newsagent.

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Overmatter: 11.02.13

This year’s Design Museum ‘Designs of the Year’ longlist includes several magazines – congratulations The Gourmand, A Magazine and Works That Work. Plus a special mention to Chris Ware’s ‘Building Stories’ DIY book.

NSA scourge Glenn Greenwald’s new online publishing project The Intercept launches, Gigaom gets confused about whether it’s a magazine or not.

Adam Curtis interviewed; ‘We don’t read newspapers because the journalism’s boring.’

Seen the branded delivery vans driving round town? Net-a-Porter have just made ‘the biggest launch of a British fashion magazine for years’.

Kate Moss’s first photography shoot (behind the camera) for British Vogue.

The New York Times now has 760,000 paying digital customers, the resulting income offsetting print drop.

Nascapas presents a selection of recent inflight magazine covers – TAP Portugal’s Up is always worth a look.

Super Salon is a Polish online magazine shop.