California Sunday launches

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California Sunday is a new independent magazine with a lot of unique features. It’s a monthly magazine that will “eventually” become weekly. It’s distributed digitally, and also prints a huge number of copies – all of which are placed as paid inserts inside a handful of Californian broadsheet newspapers. It’s created by a magazine company whose only previous product is a live deconstruction of a magazine. And its creators are a surprisingly small number of people, writes Andrew Losowsky.

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Overmatter: 07.10.14


Lovely to see ‘Pamphlet of typographic smut’ Gratuitous Type brought to life at KK Outlet, London. Exhibition continues until the end of October.

Little White Lies creative director Timba Smits discusses the magazine with three illustrators next week at Foyles bookshop, to mark the new collection of film reviews from the magazine, ‘What I Love About Movies’. London, 14 October (next Tuesday).

SPD Blog highlights the beautiful editorial typography of Otto Storch.

Monocle’s david Plaisant bemoans the closure of the magazine’s local newsagent, ‘The passing of Green’s has resulted in something of a campaign…That campaign continues on the last two editions of The Stack (nos 109 & 110) with lengthy discussion of magazine retail. Recommended.

New biannual travel magazine Diaries Of is raising money via Ulele.

Condé Nast UK profits fall as they spend on ecommerce and technology.

Eye reviews The Modern Magazine 2014, ‘an enthusiastic celebration of the power of editorial design.

At Work With: Elliot Jay Stocks, Lagom

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We start the new week in the company of west-country based graphic designer Elliot Jay Stocks. As well as being creative director for Adobe Typekit, Elliot has worked in print and digital for clients including Virgin, Microsoft and MailChimp. He regularly talks at conferences and contributes to the creative press, and recently published the final edition of typography magazine 8 Faces. We hear about his week ahead as the first issue of his new publication Lagom arrives.

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Overmatter: 03.10.14


Next week in New York: Penny Martin, Charlotte Cotton and photographers Inez & Vinoodh discuss the influence of the eighties style mags on todays independents. 8 October, New Museum.

Varoom! editor acts the flaneur to track down Flaneur magazine.

How New Yorker cover illustrations have developed a post-9/11 edge.

Creative Review takes a look at the upcoming Little White Lies book.

What exactly is going on here?’ asks US Vogue as it discovers young people making indie mags. Who knew!

Behind the scenes at the New York Times, an excerpt from a young reporters memoir.

Unmapped have their new issue, themed Water, online now.

Cellardoor is a woman’s online magazine currently Kickstarting to launch a print edition.

At Work With returns on Monday

 

Overmatter: 25.09.14


It’s Nice That go behind the scenes of the redesign of Elephant magazine.

Tomorrow is the entry deadline for The Digital Magazine Awards.

The AOI present the best entries to their 2014 Illustration Awards at Somerset House, London from 2 October.

Selectism takes a quick look at our magmagmag collaboration with Vitsoe.

Amelia’s Magazine returns for an anniversary one-off.

A big welcome to Lagom magazine.

The new creative team at the New York Times Magazine begin to make their mark, dropping ‘The One-Page Magazine’.

Big logo on your magazine website? Wrong! says David Hepworth.

Grafik reviews the Index A-Z  book.

Gasconder has a nicely linked round-up of recent magazine news.

Wired repurposes an excerpt from our recent Visual Editions project ‘Kitten Clone’.

 

 

620 Reading Room update

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Our meet-the-editor sessions at the 620 Reading Room have been going really well, a rare opportunity to meet editors of independent magazines and chat informally. The magazines are getting well-read, the 620 seating tested and and the Postcard Teas tasted. Today’s guests include Rob Orchard from Delayed Gratification and Elana Schlenker from Gratuitous Type.

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Overmatter: 10.09.14


British GQ editor Dylan Jones reminds us ‘content is only as good as the people producing it.

The Long + Short is a new digital magazine designed by Mark Porter and published by innovation group Nesta. Glitchy to use but boldly designed and a forward-looking move into web-based rather than app publishing. Best on iPad.

Unampped is another digital magazine, promising hidden stories from around the world on the basis ‘why you should live here.

The name IPC disappears from the British newsstand after 60 years.

Coming soon: Lagom, from the makers of 8Faces and Digest.

The New Yorker marks Saul Steinberg’s centenary with an archive piece by the artist.

See the new issue of Offscreen being printed.

 

September 8, 2014

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Free NY launch

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Hearst launch a new magazine in New York today. 50,000 copies of Trending NY will be distributed around the city Monday–Wednesday for four trial weeks. More here.

 

At Work With: Danny Miller, Weapons of Reason

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Danny Miller is CEO of London creative agency Human After All, whose publishing clients have included Google, Facebook and Honda. Ten years ago he launched Little White Lies, one of the groundbreakers for today’s independent publishing scene. We look ahead at his week as he completes the first issue of a new magazine, Weapons of  Reason, that will launch later this month.

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Overmatter: 05.09.14


The Gentlewoman
’s Penny Martin interviewed for SHOWstudio and for SPD Blog (that SPD link is a part of Gym Class ed Steven Gregor’s excellent guest edit of the site).

A top ten of art and design bookstores from around the world. Assume indie mags available too.

Coming soon: Poppy, a new type of business mag from the makers of Hot Rum Cow. Look out for a copy at our Modern Magazine day.

In New York on 30 September? Make sure you get along to SPD’s get-together of Entertainment Weekly alumni.

IKEA advertises its new catalogue in unique bookbook format.

A gorgeous archive of 20th century modernist/surrealist magazines.

A map showing the homes of German independent magazines. Berlin leads, Hamburg second (thanks Kati).

Here’s me on the YCN blog talking about The Modern Magazine 2014; and on FormFiftyFive. Got your ticket yet?