Overmatter: 18.06.14


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.

Read my ten-point guide to launching a magazine, written for YCN magazine; and my 100 Words contribution to the Magazine Diaries.

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.

 

New launch: Teepee

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This has been bubbling away for a little while now but I’m excited to confirm that the Anorak team is launching Teepee, a new magazine for teenagers, this September.

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!

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Announcing Fiera magazine

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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.

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Overmatter: 06.06.14


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.

 

Overmatter: 03.06.14

I love the look of the new issue of Colors, taking on football as the World Cup arrives. We’ll have the issue in our shop shortly; meanwhile, Creative Review has more.

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.

 

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.

 

Overmatter: 28.05.14


Cathy from Anorak shares some notes from Utrecht’s Cover Day.

Grafik interview GTF’s Paul Neale about the new Modern Design Review, ‘In a way the magazine is a series of ideas daisy-chained together.

Andy Cowles extends his deconstruction of the meaning of red and yellow in print to digital.

Time’s paid-for reference on address label to ad inside issue causes stir.

Future Publishing staff face company-wide job consultation following appointment of new chief executive.

Craig Mod, against Snowfall: ‘The experiment just happened to be attached to an article.

The new issue of You Can Now is now out.

Videos of magazines being printed!

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.

 

At Work With: Alexander Scholz, HOLO

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We have a slightly late start to the week as we join Berlin-based Alexander Scholz, creative director of new magazine HOLO, as he heads of to New York for their US launch. The  200-page magazine spans the space between art, design and technology in a manner aimed at non-specialists, and makes great use of design, photography, illustration and production techniques.

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At Work With: Kie Carew, Pog Mo Goal

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New Irish magazine Póg Mo Goal (Kiss My Goal) combines two current trends in independent publishing, being a football magazine that’s developed from an existing website. The site has been published online from Dublin for the last four years, initially covering local football but expanding to provide international coverage. As the brothers behind the project prepare to launch the print edition, we look ahead at the week with designer/co-editor Kie Carew.

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