A big thank you to everyone who pledged money to the Fiera magazine Kickstarter campaign. We just hit the £14k target with 24 hours to go, so the project is now live. Thanks too to the many people who helped with the campaign.
If you want to guarantee your copy (it’s due out November) pledge now before the campaign closes (14.59 UK time tomorrow, Wednesday). Every little extra means we can do more with the magazine.
If, like me, you enjoy coffee and magazines, Espresso Tales from Australia was made for you.
The first 50 front covers of The Face; the first few are by Steve Bush, the majority by Neville Brody. Anyone know at which point the changeover took place?
US mags look forward to their most successful September ad-sales ever.
The 2014 PPA Awards winners were announced last week; congratulations to everyone but especially designers Mark Neil (NME) and Simon Campbell (Strategies for Growth)
New magazine Table Talk sounds intriguing; read a brief interview with editor Benjamin Moe: ‘One of the most exciting parts of developing this magazine is realizing it’s a living, maturing thing that grows and changes with each issue…’
From The Magazine Diaries… ‘Quit moaning and get busy.’
Finally… at the time of writing our Kickstarter campaign for Fiera magazine is £750 off target with 46 hours to go. Thanks everyone who’s supported the new mag so far – how about joining them?
New Zealand’s Pie Paper sounds interesting; interview by Athenaeum.
Bob Bateman, launch art director of Creative Review, remembered.
Little White Lies founder Danny Miller announces new magazine: ‘Al Gore’s style (Knowledge + Experience + Rich Global Context = Connection) really resonated with me.’
Steven Heller reviews new book about legenadary art director Alex Liberman. As editorial director of Condé Nast until 1993, he ‘tore up many of those tenets to which he once swore allegiance, challenging the dominance of fine typography and balanced layout.’ Condé Nast are only now digging themselves out of that particular hole.
The newly independent Time Inc want to ‘build the next LinkedIn or Facebook.’
Sometimes celebrity guest editors sound like tired promo efforts. I like to think Andy Murray editing The Beano will be inspired.
Fast Company talks illustration with Robert Priest and Grace Lee, the team behind US football mag Eight by Eight.
In case you missed this, last week Stack launched its fantastic Student Union project to encourage student magazines.
The New York Times Magazine’s new editor Jake Silverstein talks about his plans for the magazine, ‘A big redesign is coming, but it’ll take some time.’
HRDCVR is an ambitious new magazine from San Francisco that is currently Kickstarting. Aimed at the ‘New Everyone’, it’s a little short on detail but has strong backers.
Fiera will build on Katie’s knowledge of the furniture/product design world to provide a unique record of each seasons design fairs. Her Confessions of a Design Geek blog already provides great coverage of the young designers and new ideas she discovers, but the magazine promises more definitive round-ups from the fairs and additional content from figures in the design world. We want it to be a collectible publication of record.
June 18, 2014
The New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff selects his favourite cartoons from the mag.
NASCAPAS offer some more World Cup front covers.
Eye have posted a 2003 interview with David King (Sunday Times, City Limits) on their blog; ‘I still design my books using full-scale xeroxes on the light box, which I then give to others to transfer to computer.’
Stack has an interview with Dave Lane from The Gourmand.
Anorak founder Cathy Olmedillas looks back at Sleazenation, ‘At first, I simply didn’t get it. But that’s precisely why I fell in love with it, because it made me question things.’
The Royal Mail bans Drum magazine for front cover swearing.
Pickles has a digital World Cup special.
New magazine: the North East calls! Welcome to the Tusk Journal.
If you have a few spare days you might enjoy this selection of magazine-related content (thanks Kati).
Most celebrated radical magazines come from the left; Steven Heller looks at one from the right, Borghese.
As publisher/editor Cathy Olmedillas explained at last year’s Modern Magazine conference, plenty of people told her a new kids’s mag wouldn’t work when she launched Anorak; over 30 issues of Anorak later she’s been told a teenage title won’t work. Watch this space!
It’s been a busy time here at magCulture and it’s about to get busier. We’ve some really exciting things to share in the next few weeks, starting with Fiera, a new magazine project we’re developing with Katie Tregidden from the Confessions of a Design Geek blog. I don’t usually post here about the design projects we work on, they feature on the Projects part of the site, but this is an exception as it’s so closely related to other things we post.
June 6, 2014
The end of an era as the last British mag for teenage girls, Bliss, closes.
Meanwhile, the return of Grafik magazine as a website was celebrated at Protein’s studio in Shoreditch.
Stand and Deliver will be a new magazine about comedy, from the people behind Northern Correspondent. Kickstarting now.
Inside the New York Times digital strategy – how they direct readers from story to story.
Editorial designer and post-grad student Lisa Charlotte Rost is asking people to read three different magazine layouts and quickly evaluate them as part of her Master’s Degree research. Help her!
A few tickets remain for next Tuesday’s Future of Publishing forum at Protein, London. Feat. me, Steve Watson, Dazed and The Gourmand.
June 3, 2014
US Vogue is earning money selling clothes via Instagram.
Congratulations to all the winners of the BSME Rising Stars awards.
David Hepworth recalls some of the stranger characters of magazine publishing, ‘Pearson glimpsed the mirage of platform neutrality in 1899, a hundred years before anyone else, serving on the board of the British Mutoscope and Biograph Company who hoped to be able to use their story telling talents on the big screen. It didn’t work.’
New magazine Barmcake promises ‘Northern entertainment for the middle-aged.’
Interview with creative director Alex Breuer about The Guardian’s fine new apps, ‘Layouts across articles and pages can vary across the day and that will be an editing decision.’
It’s been a long time coming but London’s House of Illustration opens this summer with a series of events.
Radio 4’s John Humphreys recently said he wouldn’t recommned journalism to his children; others disagree.
A mixed bag of iPad app trends as seen by Mag+’s Matt Cokeley.