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.


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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.


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A quick catch up on news before we kick off the new year on Monday.

Among the many Best Of lists at the end of 2013, this one stood out for its generosity: Bloomberg Businessweeks’s jealousy list.

What Best Of lists, you say? Check Styleite’s mags of the year; Folio’s look at the US mainstream; It’s Nice That’s best publications; Stack’s indie mag of the year vote (disrupted by one mag’s campaign); Creative Bloq’s leftfield selection; Coverjunkie’s poll-winner. And in case you missed it, Andrew’s list for us.

Interview with Hello Mr founder, Ryan Fitzgibbon, ‘My confidence in the publishing industry lies with the newer titles that have accomplished a lot with very little.

Condé Nast chairman Si Newhouse apparently quietly retired Christmas 2012.

Time Out axes gay section, symbol of the magazine’s alternative origins.

Mzin appears to be a rather fine German online magazine shop (thanks Michael).


Win a subscription to Stack!

Stack Magazines, the independent magazine subscription service run by my Printout partner Steve Watson, is celebrating its fifth birthday with a brand new website and five days of giveaways. Every day this week Steve’s giving a free year’s subscription to Stack; all you have to do is tweet the name of your favourite magazine of 2013 with the hashtag #StackUp. Today it’s our turn to round up some votes, so don’t forget to mention magCulture too!

The subscription-winning entry will be announced tomorrow (Thursday) morning, and the magazine with the best total vote from the week will be revealed next Monday.


Overmatter 17.12.13

How paywalls are paying off for publishers, according to Bloomberg Businessweek…

…and The Information is a new subs-based technology website testing exactly that…

…while Apple Newsstand is proving an obstacle to iPad magazine success – ‘The tablet magazine ship is sinking. fast.’

Must-read: Works That Work shares detailed financial statistics from its first year of publishing.

Steve at Stack Magazines has launched a shiny new website for the service.


Little White Lies pop-up shop

The Church of London
, publishers of Little White Lies and Huck, are marking the beginning of the festive season with a pop-up shop in the entrance to Old Street tube station, London. The shop will be open until December 3, selling copies of the magazines and prints as well as providing free (free!) coffee.

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Overmatter 27.11.13

CBS creative director Jeremy le Croix offers his Favo(u)rite Magazine for SPD.

Magazine-in-a-frisbee Freestyle has a new website.

Leeds-based Village have opened a web store with a fine selection of magazines (thanks Rhys).

Five favourite magazines I selected for De Groene Amsterdammer when in Amsterdam last week (Dutch-language).

Steve’s latest Two Minute video review takes a look at The Plant.


Overmatter 19.11.13

The power of editorial design: ‘Magazine covers help people understand the world better.’

The power of editorial photography: see last weeks edition of French newspaper Libération, published with all images deleted.

Adbusters publishes a box-set of its last five ‘Epic Human’ issues.

‘The disconnect between how the glossy mags choose to fill their pages and how British women actually spend their money suggests that traditional publishers are out of touch with their readership.’

Magasin is a new Hamburg-based online magazine shop. Welcome to the fray!

i–D starts to benefit from new owner Vice Media, launching a satisfying new website that feels right on brand.

Talking of Vice, ‘

New York magazine spots young people making magazines instead of websites. Great selection of indies, but surely they mean as well as?

In Amsterdam? I’ll be at Atheneaum this Thursday evening talking to Xandra Schutte about The Modern Magazine.


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The New York Times interviews Mohammed Ahmed, manager of the wonderful Casa Magazines store in NY, ‘Even if only one person wants it, I can put it on the shelf, and people will see it and buy it.

Great to see Hot Rum Cow feature in both the PPA Independent Publisher Awards and Scotland Magazine Awards shortlists. Should be some after party!

Ten digital x print myths debunked by Mario Garcia.

Vanity Fair Italia celebrates its tenth anniversary with a whopping great 508 pages.

Stack interviews Paul Kominek, editor of Travel Almanac.

Algorithmic newspaper The Long Good Read trialed by The Guardian and Newspaper Club.

SPD takes a look at new FI magazine Lollipop. Love that masthead!

In Berlin? Don’t forget I’m talking with Kati Krause about The Modern Magazine this evening at The Reading Room.


Overmatter 11.09.13

Hearst UK CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine comes out in favour of quality over quantity, ‘I’d rather have an ABC decrease because we are publishing at capacity of selling good magazines, with a solid type of readership, rather than bulk or pricing push.’

French magazine Lui, France’s answer to Playboy, returns (thanks Mike).

Slate rails against ‘Snowfall’ and its descendants (What is Snowfall?).

The Evening Edition presents an online bite-size news overview written locally by actual journalists.

London and Manchester’s Magma magazine and book store owner falls out with Offscreen publisher over unpaid bills. A depressing spectacle that highlights the narrow margins in independent publishing.