Overmatter: 15.04.14


The Guardian editor Alan Rushbridger celebrates the culture of his organisation as it wins Pulitzer prize; ‘newspapers made a fatal mistake… and jettisoned the stuff that seemed difficult and expensive.

PPA reconfigures its annual conference under the banner ‘Re_Invented 2014//’. Note the underscore and slashes. Perhaps most remarkably, the line-up reveals Jamie Callum is publishing his own magazine, The Eighty Eight, and it looks, gulp, quite intriguing.

Inside PopBitch and its iPad app plans; ‘Be nice, and if you can’t be nice, be funny.

Ideas on Paper is a fine-looking new magazine store in Nottingham; Stack interviews owner Alex Smith.

Kickstarter alert: The Holborn Magazine is another digital spin-off, promising the ‘best in design, apparel and craft.’ Support them!

Out soon: the new-look Boat magazine, issue seven Lima, Peru.

 

Overmatter: 01.04.14


I love a magazine that challenges what a magazine is; Steve reviews new launch Emperor on the Stack blog.

Although well-executed, it doesn’t live up to the hype of being a game changer’ – The Saturday Paper launches.

‘What comes first, the brand or the content?’ asks Andy Cowles.

Keep up to date with The New Yorker covers.

Making or letting people pay; a reflection on micropayments for content.

Mother Jones looks behind the new publisher of Newsweek.

US magazine launch numbers ‘surprise’.

The Cleaver promises a new take on Chinese food, Kickstarting from Friday 4 April.

Editorial designer James Hunter has launched Startamag, a blog providing help for new magazines.

 

Overmatter 27.03.14


Another digital project is moving into print; help Kickstart Tusk Journal into reality.

I believe in mavericks’ – ex-editor Gill Hudson on what’s gone wrong with magazine publishing.

Why US newspapers might be able to feel ‘cautiously cheerful.

The algorithmic workings behind your Flipboard magazine (read ours).

There can never be enough lists of magazines.

SPD Awards merit winners announced; includes a few indies plus our very own My Favo(u)rite Magazine.

 

At Work With: Rob Orchard, Delayed Gratification


Delayed Gratification provides a quarterly antidote to ‘PR-driven stories, knee-jerk reactions and churnalism,’ each issue revisiting the news events of the last three months and using that time delay to provide a more reflective view on the stories than minute-by-minute news feeds. As issue 13 arrives, co-founder and editorial director Rob Orchard looks at his week ahead.

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Overmatter 21.03.14


I love these front cover designs for La Tempestad.

When did magazine covers become so contentious?

The Washington Post launches intriguing new digital strategy.

Calibre is a new mag for affluent over-50s men. Sounds promising, looks less so.

Don’t forget this Monday (24th) in London it’s the next Printout, and this time next week it’s Facing Pages (Arnhem).

Complete notes from QVED2014 are now on their site; my reports here soon.

 

Overmatter 18.03.14


This week The Guardian’s G2 daily mag has been taken over by trainee journalists, promising insight into Generation Y.

NYTimes execs discuss their newspaper’s digital innovation over breakfast.

The word ‘publishing’, revived: ‘Basically, publishing now means print and digital.

Michael Wolff on the career of super-editor (Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Talk, Newsweek…) Tina Brown.

SPD shortlists announced, with plenty of worthy but familiar names. Feels like our attempts at stirring things up a couple of years back have been sidelined. But congratulations to all, particularly Cat People and Wired Italia.

Mr Magazine notes how digital publishers are turning to print (Samir has a new free newsletter, sign up via the homepage).

‘The era of Facebook is an anomaly. The idea of everybody going to one site is just weird,’ danah boyd at SXSW.

Exact Editions are testing free access to mag apps at tomorrow’s Changing Media Summit. Interesting idea.

David Hepworth notes the changing first names of the publishing business.

 

Overmatter 04.03.14

The Financial Times grows via digital subscriptions.

Brands who advertise in magazines have the advantage.’ Who’d have thought?

Monocle is seven. Time for a movie!

There is nothing in the digital domain that can compare to the real thing.’ Cue new print mag from travel website Sidetracked.com.

Intriguing online, collective content creation for That New Design Smell (via QVED).

Also discovered at QVED: illustration magazine Spring.

Richard Turley to talk Bloomberg Businessweek, Berlin, March 19 and Amsterdam, March 20.

Kickstarter news: support oral history magazine In The Air, to be designed by the people behind the fine-looking Shelf Journal.

 

At Work With: Simon Esterson, Eye magazine


Simon Esterson has had a huge influence on editorial design, not only through his
ground-breaking work on projects such as Blueprint, Domus and The Guardian but also via the many young designers who have started their careers in his studio and gone on to establish their own reputations. Since 2008 he has co-owned and designed Eye magazine, and here we look ahead at his week as issue 87 completes production.

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Interview with Mirko Borsche


Mirko Borsche is one of Germany’s most exciting editorial designers. This week he’s speaking in Luxembourg as a guest of Design Friends then heads home to Munich and take part in QVED2014. Sven Ehmann, creative director at Gestalten books, recently prepared this interview for the Design Friends event.

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SND Newspapers of the year


Congratulations to the five best-designed newspapers in the world:

Dagens Nyheter Stockholm, Sweden
Die Zeit Hamburg, Germany
The Grid Toronto, Canada
The Guardian UK
Welt am Sonntag Berlin, Germany

More on the SND site.