Out now: Pineapple #1

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Pineapple is a new magazine published quarterly by Airbnb and distributed to 18,000 of its hosts. Named after the New England symbol of hospitality (sailors returning from the Caribbean would use the fruit to announce their return and the availability of spices and fruits), the company is the latest of many web-based businesses using print to add a physical element to their brand.

See more of the first issue here.

UPDATE: Pineapple will also be on sale at selected shops next month.

 

Overmatter: 06.11.14


I thought it sounded like an Onion parody.’ – The New Yorker looks at the success of Modern Farmer.

Talking of which, make space on your shelf for ‘The Iconic Covers That Transformed an Undeserving World.’ – the best Onion front cover spoofs.

What Danny, Paul and Rob did next… Weapons of Reason is at print, landing next week.

The problem with intrusive digital advertising, ‘We’re enabling a riotous media circus that treats all content as equal.’

Don’t forget the first Stack evening, next Monday, 10 November, featuring Hello Mr, Gym Class Magazine and Root + Bone.

In New York? If you’re really quick you can catch Ruth Ansell this evening (6 November) at BGC Gallery. And don’t miss Chris Dixon and Christian Schwartz discussing the redesign of Vanity Fair, 11 November.

Indie mag subscription service to launch in India – welcome Paper Planes; more here.

Way back I helped launch Bare magazine; original art director Kirsten Willey is planning to bring it back – support her!

 

Overmatter: 04.11.14

The New Yorker interviews editor of Modern Farmer, “ ‘Magazine’ is a word I learned very early on not to use.

Works That Work maintains its admirable openness about the publishing process, sharing the results of their recent reader survey.

Enter the Stack Christmas cover challenge and win £150.

Private Eye Live, London, 15 December.

A brief history of the hamburger icon.

Goodfruit are holding a magazine night featuring Intern, Another Escape, Oh Comely and Ernest Journal. London, 26 November.

It’s Nice That open the uni sketchbooks of Bloomberg Businessweek’s Tracy Ma.

Tech website CNET to launch a print magazine.

Digital Magazine Awards finalists confirmed, winners to be announced 25 November.

London’s Kemistry Gallery are raising money to survive. Please help their Kickstarter.

MagPile have a small newsstand in Helsinki at Freese coffee.

 

At Work With: Scott King, Artefact

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Scott King is Professor of Visual Communication at UAL, where he has just helped relaunch the quarterly magazine produced by the journalism course at LCC. Previously he has worked as art director of i-D and creative director of Sleazenation, creating iconic front covers that question the magazine process. He has collaborated with a number of figures working where art and commerce meet, including Pet Shop Boys, Malcolm McLaren and Morrissey, and his art works have been exhibited in major institutions across the world. We look ahead at his week as the first edition of the LCC magazine Artefact is distributed.

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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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