Happy 20th birthday G2

Running neatly on from the previous post about the Newspaper Club’s new mini format, today is also the 20th anniversary of the first edition of The Guardian’s G2 section. Although originally tabloid-sized, since the 2005 redesign of the newspaper G2 has run as an A4 daily magazine, and has had plenty of fun with its front covers – first under launch art director Richard Turley and now Jo Cochrane. See more of her cover designs here, read the newspaper’s selection of the best of G2 here.

Th Guardian have just posted a slideshow of covers here.


Overmatter 11.10.12

‘To read an edition of Aspen magazine is to flip through a booklet, unfurl a concertina, shuffle some postcards or to unfold a poster.’ Eye reviews the Aspen exhibition at London’s Whitechapel gallery.

‘At the time, women in journalism were relegated to fact-checking and research, with little hope of rising in the mostly male editorial ranks.’ The story of the seventies Newsweek revolt.

Meanwhile in the London of the same era Robin Fior was the dominant designer of counter-culture publications such as Black Dwarf. Read his obituary here.

Next week’s New Statesman will be guest-edited by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

A brief video insight into the magazine collection of Barcelona-based publisher/magaholic Luis Venegas.

How to prevent spoilers in an online movie review – run part of the text in white (thanks Jennifer).

New magazine app tool Maz lets readers share pages direct to Pinterest.


Overmatter 18.06.12

The new Huffington iPad app is surprisingly print-like for a digital brand. Apparently. But if you’re outside the US you’ll not find out…

Stack meets the man behind the rather fine magazine sharing site MagPile.

A newspaper on your coffee cup sleeve? Why not?

The Association of Publishing Agencies drops the word ‘Publishing’ in favour of ‘Marketing’. Say hello to the Content Marketing Association.

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Happy new year

Enough 2011! I hope you all had a good holiday break and a happy start to 2012.

MagCulture enters the year in busy mode. Several new work projects are coming up and there are exciting developments for the blog and associated channels.

Following the end of Colophon, Andrew Losowsky and I have been discussing what happens next and the immediate news is that Andrew will be contributing a regular strand to the blog. Look out for his first 5 Magtastic Things, here shortly.

Our online magazine shop has started well, with orders from every continent meaning some of our favourite magazines being spread far and wide. More exciting publications coming soon. Meanwhile the pop-up shop at the Church of London continues (stocking the same selective range as the website), with plans to build it in to their soon-to-be-redesigned reception area. And Printout! continues in partnership with Stack – next edition taking place this Thursday, January 5. That’s two days time – book now!

Last but not least we’re planning the first magCulture events, starting this March in London with a collaboration with Eye magazine and following up with various events in other countries. News soon.


Overmatter 18.11.11

Exciting news from Berlin. 032c editor-design team Joerg Koch and Mike Meiré are the launch team for the German edition of Interview, coming next year.

Stack interviews Vince from Huck magazine.

SPD’s series of favourite magazines continues; after we co-chairs this week came Dora Somosi and Luis Mendo.

Early story aggregation at Reader’s Digest – check these contents-covers (thanks Alex).

David Hepworth considers the future of publishing as discussed at a recent event.


News of the World, RIP

I couldn’t bring myself to buy a copy of last Sunday’s final edition of the News of the World, but here for the record is its front page. Apparently it included just a few paragraphs about the phone-hacking scandal that brought about its demise; otherwise it was a look back at the many stories, some important, it has broken over the years.

Like most people I’m relishing seeing Murdoch’s corporation wobble and cheer at the thought it might yet come crashing down. But I also share Peter Wilby’s concerns expressed in his excellent Guardian piece yesterday. The NotW at its best had a role to play in checking those in power. In classic ‘Animal Farm’ style it latterly mislaid that role and started abusing power itself. It may be a victim of its own excesses but who/what will assume that previous role?

The other thing to note is that the hugely successful NotW effectively subsidised Murdochs loss-making Times and Sunday Times newspapers. Will the Times go next? If it gets sold who would buy it?

While we await further twists I recommend a read of Adam Curtis’ excellent summary of Murdoch’s 1968 arrival in the UK to buy his first media property. Which was, of course, a newspaper called the News of the World. It’s the start of the current story in every sense.


Overmatter 04.07.11

Celebrating their fifteenth birthday, Wallpaper* offer you the chance to choose your favourite cover and see it on your copy of their September issue.

Eye reports from Italy’s Enformato creative magazine get-together earlier this year.

US magazine launches increase in first six months of 2011.

Yaaawn… issue six of OK Periodical is out on July 8. Theme: Boring.

Following Newsweek’s weird aging-of-Diana cover, Vanity Fair has some fun.

This years APA customer publishing awards morph into the International Content Marketing Awards.

An archive of front Moster Children cover designs by Campbell Milligan.


Overmatter 24.05.11

Q Magazine is 300 issues old, The Guardian have their 25 best photographs.

The New Yorker sells whole issue to one advertiser.

A little off-subject but I love these six-word stories.

A striking design from Non-Format for The Sanahunt Times, a Ukranian fashion brand publication (thanks Christophe).

Wallpaper*’s June issue features a rather smart bespoke font

…and don’t forget they’re doing their handmade cover thing again. Join in here.

Ex- editor of French Vogue Carinne Roitfeld ‘builds her cult’.



Australia considers health warning about Photoshopped images to help combat eating disorders.

De.Zines show opens in Madrid. Looks great.

Al Queda launch an English-language magazine.

‘People prefer print’ says poll, but they won’t pay for online content.

Mr Magazine lists his 25 notable magazines from the last 25 years.


Major US publishers working to create a joint online newsstand (thanks André).

Stack adds Eye and Zeotrope to their line up of their independent magazine subscription.

The surprise big winner at this week’s APA International Customer Publishing Awards? CAMRA’s Beer magazine, produced by Think. See how the big agencies continue to be challenged by smaller ones in the winners brochure.

Michael’s Linefeed publishes it’s latest video reading list. See 032c, Kasino A4 and Little White Lies (amongst others).