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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Printout Design Special, 27 May

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I’m really excited about the line-up for the next Printout on 27 May.

For this design special, we welcome from Berlin both Kai von Ranenau, founder of mono.kultur, and Ana Lessing and Kevin Braddock of Winter. Add in locals Edward Vince from Talc and Danielle Pender of Riposte and we have speakers from four of today’s most visually unique independent magazines.

Buy your tickets here.

 

Overmatter: 07.05.14


Grafik reviews Steven Heller’s 100 Classic Graphic Design Journals.

The PPA announces its 2014 Awards shortlist, including the chance to vote for your favourite front cover. Congratulations to nominees.

Meanwhile the ISTD has launched its International Typographic Awards 2014; closing date June 14.

Bob Newman’s latest Folio column takes a look at Politico’s latest front cover. ‘I like the simple, unadorned design of this cover a lot.

Looks like Good magazine is returning to print, two years after going digital-only.

A quick review of the new Noble Rot.

Advertising Age art director Jesper Goransson talks through his latest front cover for the mag.

See you Thursday night at Printout Bristol.

 

Pick Me Up Radio: an A–Z + 7 x 3′s

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At 11am UK time today, Weds 30 April, you can listen to me live on Pick Me Up radio for some magazine talk. Joining me live will be Steve Watson, and we’ll have contributions from top magCulturalists Michael Bojkowski, Kati Krause, Jean Snow, Bob Newman and Andrew Losowsky. The show lasts one hour and will be available later as a podcast is now available to listen here.

After the jump, links to our contributors’ audio clips and their selected magazines.

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Overmatter: 29.04.14


(Late notice, but Cathy from Anorak is speaking in London. Tonight).
Postponed until May 13.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, hear me, Steve Watson and a host of top magaholics talk about our habit on Pick Me Up radio, 11am–12noon, followed by further magazinery all day. Full schedule. Listen here.

Dodo magazine promises a time capsule of additional content in 2024.

The Digital Magazine Awards are apparently ‘the most coveted magazine awards in the world.’

The NYTimes catches up with Kinfolk, ‘the Martha Stewart Living of the Portland set.

Note: the Blurb indie day in NY I was due to talk at has been cancelled.