Overmatter: 20.08.14

The highest-selling UK iPad mag, The Economist, sells 21k copies a week. See full ABC table.

Enjoy this beautiful set of images from Modern Farmer magazine.

I love that there are more independent food magazines out there than ever before!’ Athenaeum interview Fiorella Valdesolo from Gather Journal.

Three magazine events you need to know about’ according to Steve at Stack. Thanks Steve!

From magazine to website – Company goes digital-only.

Pivot is a smart-looking sports mag project from recent design graduate Max Amato in New York.

35 covers of The New Yorker.

Finally, congratulations to Gail Bichler, just appointed as Arem Duplessis’s successor as design director at the New York Times Magazine.

 

Modern Magazine 2014 update

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With just over four weeks left until this year’s Modern Magazine conference we’re getting into final planning here at magCulture. Over the next couple of weeks there’ll be plenty of updates and additions to share, but today I’m excited to confirm our next speaker on the line-up.

David Moretti is the multi-award winning creative director of the Italian edition of Wired magazine. His designs for the print and iPad editions of the magazine are stunning, more than matching the US and UK editions. Despite my doubts about the future potential of the iPad, David’s digital work is one of the outstanding examples of how to develop beautiful print design and typography for the screen. He’ll be sharing work in both media, offering insight into how the print designer can adapt.

He joins a global line-up of editors and designers brought together to examine the future of magazines:

Adam Moss, editor, New York magazine.
Kai Brach, founder, Offscreen.
Veronica Ditting, art director, The Gentlewoman.
Rob Orchard, founder, Delayed Gratification.
Elana Schlenker, founder, Gratuitous Type.

Peter Houston, blogger and man behind the Magazine Diaries.
Simon Lyle, editor of Hot Rum Cow and new magazine Poppy.
Danny Miller, founder of Little White Lies, revealing his new magazine.
Pekka Toivenen, ‘art dictator’, FAT.

Watch out for further additions, and meanwhile book your tickets here.

What they said about last year’s conference:
A great addition to the conference-calendar, let’s hope it becomes an annual event…’ – Form Fifty Five

‘If the conference was organised like a magazine, its pace and structure was well maintained by its ‘editor’ magCulture’s Jeremy Leslie. A natural extension of his book of the same name, the conference platform enabled many of those featured in his round-up of this “golden age” of magazines to explain why they do what they do. And, more pertinently, how. While newspapers struggle and the climate for print publishing remains rocked by digital, it’s now clear that many magazines, large and small, are continuing to thrive.’Mark Sinclair, Creative Review, December 2013

‘The event delivered a fascinating series of insights into how some of the world’s most creatively-driven and pioneering magazine-makers are taking their craft to the next level’ – review of The Modern Magazine conference, Nick Carson, Computer Arts, December 2013

‘The recurring use of the terms “storytelling”, “conversation” and “passion project” throughout the conference underlined the continued longevity and permanence of the print medium.’ – Disegno

Overmatter: 29.07.14


Carl Rush looks back at sixties counter-culture mag Oz.

The next destination for Boat magazine is LA; on pre-order now.

Liz and Rosanna from Oh Comely join Polly and Chris from Wrap, and others, for a Creative Clinic at the Wilderness, 7–10 Auguest, Oxfordshire.

Should you work while you’re pregnant?’ asks fifties magazine Charm, via Newmanology.

Danny Miller shares a few notes from last week’s Printout.

Magazine Diaries update: David Hepworth offers two things that count online, and proposes, ‘What you’ve got to avoid is everything in-between.’

 

Old and new at Printout

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This week’s Printout was another sold-out evening of magazine intelligence, with Vice, Colors and Eye sharing the floor to offer advice on the staying power of their magazines. Despite early tech problems – when things go wrong they ALL go wrong – a singular message came from the three speakers.

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The Modern Magazine, September 19, 2014

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I’m very excited to announce that The Modern Magazine 2014 conference will take place in London on Friday 19 September.

Following the successful debut event last year, The Modern Magazine returns with another day of talks and discussions celebrating the power of editorial design. This year we’ll be looking at the future of publishing through the eyes of some of the most forward-thinking figures in the industry, with another strong mix of editors and art directors sharing their views.

We’re still completing the final line-up but can confirm the following speakers, with more to be added over the next few weeks:

Adam Moss, editor, New York magazine.
Kai Brach, founder, Offscreen.
Veronica Ditting, art director, The Gentlewoman.
Rob Orchard, founder, Delayed Gratification.
Elana Schlenker, founder, Gratuitous Type.

Peter Houston, blogger and man behind the Magazine Diaries.
Simon Lyle, editor of Hot Rum Cow and new magazine Poppy.
Danny Miller, founder of Little White Lies, revealing his new magazine.
Pekka Toivenen, ‘art dictator’, FAT.

The day of talks and discussion will take place from 9am–6pm at the London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6SB. Additional names will be added over the next few weeks along with further details of the day; meanwhile tickets are available from the magCulture shop at  £140 each, with a reduced rate of £75 for students.

Buy general ticket           /           Buy student ticket

After the jump, pictures and reviews of last year’s conference.

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The Monocle Summer Fayre

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This weekend – 14/15 June – we’ll be back at the Monocle offices with our pop-up shop. The Monocle Summer Fayre will be open from 11am-5pm each day, and we have a small but perfectly formed selection of our favourite current magazines for sale, including the latest issues of the following titles:

Another Escape
Apartamento
Article
Colors
The Gourmand
Gather Journal
HOLO
Noble Rot
Printed Pages
Ride Journal
So It Goes
Wrap

Plus free copies of Off Life and rare copies of the first issue of Riposte.

We’re now able to accept credit cards on site. See you there!

Midori House, 1 Dorset Street, London, W1U 4EG

 

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.

 

Printout – Designing Difference

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Thanks everyone who made it through the rain to join a packed Book Club last night and hear from Ana Lessing and Kevin Braddock (A Magazine for all Seasons), Edward Vince (Talc) and Kai van Rabenau (mono.kultur). The theme ‘Designing Difference’ was set against concerns expressed in my recent review of Boat magazine that a familiar set of visual styles were narrowing the promise of the independent magazine industry (a clumsier version of similar thoughts can be heard on last week’s rather negative edition of Monocle24’s The Stack).

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Overmatter: 21.05.14

Behind the scenes of the recent Boat redesign, ‘inspired by classic literary journals.

Issue one of Four & Sons, ‘Where dogs and culture collide’ is now available for order.

Interview with the founders of US mag Cherry Bombe, ‘It’s food, femininity, and a kind of fierceness in two simple words.

The Guardian continue to build their future, nabbing NYTimes digital news editor Aron Pilhofer.

Offscreen editor Kai Brach, interviewed by Coolhunting, describes how paper ‘forces us to slow down, to switch off and read for pleasure

It’s the World Cup in three weeks, get that front cover ready! Here are the first examples, via Nascapas.

We wrote in inverted pyramids,’ Jeff Jarvis looks back at how newspaper articles once had to fade out rather than reach a crescendo.

Some lovely original illustrations available on this online auction in support of Bob Newman.

The magCulture hour of Megazines from last month’s Pick Me Up is now available online. Hear me and Steve Watson run through an A-Z of magazine making as our guests share their favourite independent mags.

And… don’t forget next Tuesday, straight after the bank holiday, is the next Printout night, a design special.

 

Printout Bristol

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We had a great time last night at Printout Bristol. Sadly it was almost too successful, with people being turned away at the door, but the packed room were treated to an excellent discussion about why Bristol was such a hotbed of independent publishing, as well as having the chance to buy local magazines Offlife, Cereal, Boneshaker, Digest and 8 Faces. As you can see from the pictures, we even had a huge mirror ball decorating the venue with dots of light.

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