Overmatter 20.02.15

magCulture, MagPile, Magpie… well done to the PPA for finding another word starting with ‘mag’ for their new industry lobby group Magnetic.

Throughout history magazines representing rebellion on all sides…’ Steven Heller takes a look at ISIS magazine Dabiq.

The world which had the time and room… for three or four London-based weekly print music magazines is a place which belongs to black-and-white photos…’  gossip continues about the NME going free.

Take a sneaky look over the shoulder of Delayed Gratification art director Christian Tate as the new issue comes together.

The perfect match! Hot Rum Cow take over World Whisky Day. I can feel the hangover already.

The ninth Indian Magazine Congress takes place next week in Chennai.

Eye editor John L Walters’ reading list was revealed at YCN earlier this week, wisely leading with the ‘Humument’.


February 9, 2015


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Hole & Corner fundraising campaign

The question of how print magazines will fund themselves is a topic that has been on everyone’s lips for the past few years: how can we put time into making something that we love whilst simultaneously generating some form of income? Mark Hooper and Sam Walton of Hole & Corner are braving a new world for independent magazine funding: to finance the next step of their venture, they’re setting up their magazine as a business investment. It’s a confident move into uncharted territory.

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The New Yorker moves

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The New Yorker marks its move downtown to join the rest of Condé Nast at their new 1 World Trade Centre HQ with this cover depicting mascot Eustace Tilley escorting a truck of deskbound staff through a message-laden Times Square.

Cover by Bruce McCall. Read a goodbye note to the old address.


New Yorker cover

Artist Ana Juan has created over 20 covers for The New Yorker. I doubt many will be recalled as strongly as this one.


Charlie Hebdo

It’s rare that magazines make the news for such a horrific reason as today’s gun attack on the offices of Paris’s Charlie Hebdo magazine. Not sure I have anything to add to the many comments already out there, but this front cover from a few years back shows the editors had many different targets for their satire.


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.


June 23, 2014


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RIP Felix Dennis

We’re short of magazine mavericks, and few publishing figures were more maverick than Felix Dennis. News of his death leaves a huge gap in the industry.


Overmatter: 18.02.14

List alert! Oitzarisme notes a very tasteful ‘Fifty magazines to buy before you die’

…and Coverjunkie selects the covers he hopes to see at the upcoming D&AD judging.

The British edition of Reader’s Digest is bought for less than a single issue of the mag by 71 year-old TV entrepeneur.

Bob Newman’s latest column for Folio takes a critical look at US launch Dr Oz Good Life, The logo is baffling to me, and is definitely the biggest problem on the cover.

Aussie design magazine Open Manifesto looks interesting in this piece by Kyoorius.

Issue one of Intern is now available for the iPad.

As British ABC starts to include digital sales in circulation figures, print still dominates digital. The exception? Tech mags.

New launch Alphabet promises a new take on family life. Support them on Kickstarter. Meanwhile Quarterly have bettered their Kickstarter target but are still taking pledges.

And don’t forget next week sees QVED2014 take place in Munich, featuring Alex Breuer (The Guardian), David Moretti (Italian Wired), Mike Meiré (032c et al) and many more. I’ll be speaking too. See you there?


Overmatter 03 01 14

A quick catch up on news before we kick off the new year on Monday.

Among the many Best Of lists at the end of 2013, this one stood out for its generosity: Bloomberg Businessweeks’s jealousy list.

What Best Of lists, you say? Check Styleite’s mags of the year; Folio’s look at the US mainstream; It’s Nice That’s best publications; Stack’s indie mag of the year vote (disrupted by one mag’s campaign); Creative Bloq’s leftfield selection; Coverjunkie’s poll-winner. And in case you missed it, Andrew’s list for us.

Interview with Hello Mr founder, Ryan Fitzgibbon, ‘My confidence in the publishing industry lies with the newer titles that have accomplished a lot with very little.

Condé Nast chairman Si Newhouse apparently quietly retired Christmas 2012.

Time Out axes gay section, symbol of the magazine’s alternative origins.

Mzin appears to be a rather fine German online magazine shop (thanks Michael).


Friends of Bob Newman

Regular readers will know of New York-based editorial designer Bob Newman, the man behind the Newmanology site and source of daily Facebook archive finds. Not only is he a talented designer, fellow magaholic and all-round enthusiast for editorial design, he’s also one of the nicest and must supportive people in the industry. I first met him in the nineties when I visited New York, when I met many people, all of whom were very kind in giving their time to meet me. But the only person who subsequently kept in regular contact was Bob.

So I was sorry to hear he recently suffered a serious accident. He’s been in hospital for several weeks and I’m happy to say is now recovering well. But he and his family need support to cope with the cost of his care, so a group of his friends have set up a Friends of Bob Newman donations page.

If you’re a regular here at magCulture you’ve almost certainly enjoyed Bob’s musing on magazines. If you don’t know his writing, start with this conversation between us both for Gym Class Magazine in 2011. As Bob said in our last email exchange before his accident, it’s amazing how fast things have moved on since we recorded that conversation.

Enjoy our early thoughts about the iPad. And please donate.

(Photograph by Glenn Glasser)