Simon Esterson, art director of Eye magazine, the quarterly graphic design journal, took the stage to speak about running a ‘little independent magazine that keeps chugging along’. International in scope and circulation, Eye’s art director spoke modestly about it’s contribution to graphic design history and in turn, to publishing. The magazine’s story extends beyond twenty years and was, for a time, seen as a ‘a strange trinket’ in the industry that won awards.
For Eye, making magazines is about conversation, not meetings. It is ‘like a critical mass; with enough materials you can see the pattern … We mix papers and bind things in funny ways… and it sort of comes together’. The publication has an authoritative tone and is always beautifully printed and designed, never sacrificing quality. This is a feature of independence, ‘The beauty of owning a magazine, is you can just decide to have a gatefold.’ Simon showed slides from the Monotype special issue (with a silver page and gatefold) that featured numerous Eric Gill drawings discovered in the Monotype archive.
Last month’s Printout focused on the business of publishing your own magazine, and turned out to be one of our most popular nights yet. So it’s a pleasure to be able to post this video of the entire discussion. Will Hudson and Bruce Sandell share invaluable insights based on their experiences with It’s Nice That and Rouleur.
Note: video lasts 55 minutes.
Big fat Vogue.
The Week’s editor-in-chief Jeremy O’Grady assigns his magazine’s success to providing content that can’t be found online.
I saw Colors art director Patrick Waterhouse give a very good presentation about his magazine earlier this year . It really is beginning to get its soul back. The latest issue, no84, is a guide to Apocalypse, and features a foldout poster as front cover (thanks Andrew).
Behind the scenes I – tour the US Wired offices via Google Streetview.
Behind the scenes II – Luke Hayman talks through The Atlantic’s September cover.
Shouldn’t your magazine feature an electronic, motorised, talking, flourescent, weeping clam?
Tokyo’s Magazine Library opens this Thursday – ten days of magazine love.
A publication about our work culture sounds an interesting idea. Help Day Job magazine raise the money to fund their launch issue.
Book- rather then magazine-orientated, but Books from the Future sounds like a great summer school experience (thanks Joshua).
I’m back in the Netherlands next month, part of a line-up of speakers focusing on front covers at the first National Cover Day that includes Richard Turley from Bloomberg Businessweek, Mirko Borsche from Die Zeit and Coverjunkie Jaap Biemans among many others. May 31, Utrecht.
It being their 50th anniversary this year, D&AD have been pushing out lots of historical winning work from those years, and we’ve just received a bunch of jpegs of magazine and newspaper winners that are a little random but interesting nonetheless. Starting, above, with a late nineties iteration of The Guardian Weekend tabloid features section.