magCulture at the London Design Festival

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We entering into the spirit of London Design Festival this year with two very different but equally exciting events.

Our Modern Magazine 2014 day has been trailed here already – if you haven’t picked up tickets do so soon, they’re moving fast. It promises to be an intense day of editorial goodness aimed at the serious magaholic, with global names from across mainstream and independent publishing providing a glimpse of what the future holds for magazines.

The second event runs for the entire run of LDF. We’re partnering with Vitsoe and Postcard Teas to provide a quiet respite from the bustle of LDF. Visit our 620 Reading Room at Vitsoe’s central London showroom and you can try out their 620 chair programme, sip a cup of Postcard Tea and read one of 20 independent magazines we’ve selected. The 20 represent the breadth of creativity and thinking behind the current growth of independent publishing.

We’ve also worked with Vitsoe to produce a special publication for visitors, featuring interviews with the people behind the selected magazines and their suggestions of further magazines to investigate. Copies of magmagmag will be free to visitors while stocks last (The Modern Magazine 2014 attendees will receive a copy too).

We’ll also be hosting a series of meet-the-editor sessions on afternoons at the 620 Reading Room during LDF, details to follow.

The Modern Magazine 2014Friday 19 September, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, London SE1

The 620 Reading RoomFrom Saturday 13 – Sunday 21 September, Vitsoe, 3–5 Duke Street, London W1U 3ED

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Overmatter: 27.08.14

The Times provides journalists with typewriter background noise in new offices. Love the phrase ‘not necessarily permanent’.

New York magazine’s The Cut gets bitchy about latest New York Times Magazine cover. Fair comment?

Kickstarter update: two mags almost at target, TV mag Sixteen by Nine and design title Dirty Furniture. Which one will you support?

US Vogue relaunches its website this week, promising a cleaner look and the exciting news that ‘a tiny 3-D printed replica of the model Karlie Kloss, dressed in what appeared to be a tiny couture outfit… would be taken around the world and photographed for the site’.

Ever wonder how much Anna Wintour’s clothing allowance is?

Interview/profile of Monocle’s Tyler Brulé, ‘If the World Economic Forum did not already exist, he would be doing it’.

Offlife’s live drawing Quickdraw evening returns to the House of Illustration, London, on 18 September.

 

Love dogs?

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Australian dog magazine Four&Sons strikes a balance between beautiful photography and short, intelligent copy. It uses dog ownership as a lens for talking about art, design, fashion, music and other aspects of a subject’s dog-centric life, writes Sarah Snaith.

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Magazine of the week: Print Isn’t Dead

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I’ve taken to describing what we do here at magCulture – on the blog/writing side of things – as propaganda. It’s partly tongue-in-cheek, yet it’s true that  so much is written elsewhere about failure in magazine publishing that the good news (that people still make beautiful, striking and innovative publications) can easily be drowned out. For us here at magCulture good news arrives every day, the postman dropping several new magazines worth investigation. One such title is the dramatically named Print Isn’t Dead.

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Overmatter: 12.08.14

New Kickstarter-backed launch HrdCvr hires Claudia de Almeida, late of US Wired, as creative director.

iPad magazine pioneer Joe Zeff closes studio to work in-house at Scrollmotion, ‘The publishing business has been an elevator that continues to move down. This is the chance to get on an elevator moving up.’

‘Bookazines’ aren’t just a horrible made-up name, they’re also threatening the magazine newsstand.

As parent companies rush to hive off their print businesses, The New York Times reports on the death of the newspaper; ‘If this is the future… what is underway may be a kind of mercy killing.

…while Michael Wolff is in more positive mood, ‘the powers that be aren’t so much taking our livelihood from us as they are giving it back.

Bob Newman recalls the early front covers of Wire.

‘Fuck the begrudgers,’ says publisher as British Vogue hits a record 462 pages for this years September issue (including a record 293 ad pages).

Confessions of a magazine editor, ‘it’s all in such dramatic flux that it’s very easy to make errors.

 

Out now: We Are Dublin

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While still based in Dubai, Conor Purcell published several issues of his travel magazine We Are Here; two about Dubai and one about Kathmandu. The issues were put together using an iPhone for photography and laid out on a laptop – he really was there. They were a fascinating paradox of high-quality content and lo-fi presentation.

Conor has now moved to Dublin, where he has just launched the first of a new quarterly, We Are Dublin. It follows the same template as We Are Here but, aside from the blue-sky cover, presents a very different world. The new magazine is less about travel and more about living in a place, but it sets itself clear boundaries from the start, promising PR-generated stories. History, sociology, memoir, theatre and retail all figure. It’ll be interesting to see how it develops as Conor gets to know his new home.

At Work With: Conor Purcell, We Are Here

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Overmatter: 05.08.14

The Good Housekeeping Institute becomes an actual place.

The Gentlewoman art director (and speaker at this year’s Modern Magazine conference) Veronica Ditting shares a few words with Computer Arts, ‘as a designer it’s about the dialogue you have with your collaborators.’ And read my associated piece about type and editorial.

iPhone mag The Magazine switches to off-the-shelf platform TypeEngine.

UK GQ editor Dylan Jones muses on the state of the magazine industry, ‘there are lots of people running around like headless chickens complaining that the world is over. But there will be winners and losers.

UK Esquire art director David McCendrick signs off to launch new venture with Wallpaper*’s Lee Belcher, sharing thoughts with It’s Nice That, ‘the only rule is that if you ever meet someone famous, get a thumbs-up pic for your mum.

Inside Four & Sons, the magazine that looks at, ‘what happens when we look at all aspects of the life we live… from a ‘dog-centric’ point of view.

…and Puss Puss offers a cat-centric alternative.

Thanks Lucas for including The Modern Magazine in this round-up of design books.

 

Overmatter 31.07.14


Bonnier, who funded the development of the mag+ iPad app creation software, drops it in favour of Adobe DPS.

Bauer launches Retro, a celeb-weekly style look at the past in France.

An intern describes how to succeed working at a magazine, ‘I don’t have to be the expert; I interview the experts.

I’m looking forward to seeing the first issue of new mag Lagom, from Elliot Jay Stocks, one of the people behind 8Faces and Digest

…and whose contribution to the Magazine Diaries is now up, ‘it’s the creators of digital products such as myself who have helped reinvigorate the medium (print).

A look at the strengths and weaknesses behind of Kickstarter-funded magazines, including Intern and CherryBombe.

Science Explains The Enduring Appeal Of Bland, Symmetrical Layouts.

 

Overmatter: 25.07.14


Must-read: Brilliant piece about the growing importance of The New Yorker website as it relaunches this week, ‘Every post… should apply the magazine’s superlative sensibilities at Internet publishing speeds.

Mid Century Magazine editor Tabitha Teuma interviewed, ‘the content is for keeps – something to refer back to – and this still works best in print.

V Magazine founders and all-round NY fashion gurus Cecilia Dean and Stephen Gan end their business relationship.

At last, a zip-up denim magazine cover, courtesy of US Marie Claire.

Danny Miller’s new magazine Weapons of Reason reveals its partnership with D&AD. More at our Modern Magazine conference in September.

 

Fiera hits Kickstarter target

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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.

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Thank you!