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.
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).
New mag Stand & Deliver stands out for several reasons. It’s bright, lively and exciting looking, which helps of course. But the people behind it, editor Ian Wylie and creative director Danielle Gilbert have found a new subject for indie publishing – stand up comedy.
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 2014 – Friday 19 September, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, London SE1
The 620 Reading Room – From Saturday 13 – Sunday 21 September, Vitsoe, 3–5 Duke Street, London W1U 3ED
August 28, 2014
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?
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.
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.
August 12, 2014
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.’
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.