Overmatter: 06.06.14


The end of an era as the last British mag for teenage girls, Bliss, closes.

Meanwhile, the return of Grafik magazine as a website was celebrated at Protein’s studio in Shoreditch.

Stand and Deliver will be a new magazine about comedy, from the people behind Northern Correspondent. Kickstarting now.

Inside the New York Times digital strategy – how they direct readers from story to story.

Editorial designer and post-grad student Lisa Charlotte Rost is asking people to read three different magazine layouts and quickly evaluate them as part of her Master’s Degree research. Help her!

A few tickets remain for next Tuesday’s Future of Publishing forum at Protein, London. Feat. me, Steve Watson, Dazed and The Gourmand.

 

Overmatter: 03.06.14

I love the look of the new issue of Colors, taking on football as the World Cup arrives. We’ll have the issue in our shop shortly; meanwhile, Creative Review has more.

US Vogue is earning money selling clothes via Instagram.

Congratulations to all the winners of the BSME Rising Stars awards.

David Hepworth recalls some of the stranger characters of magazine publishing, ‘Pearson glimpsed the mirage of platform neutrality in 1899, a hundred years before anyone else, serving on the board of the British Mutoscope and Biograph Company who hoped to be able to use their story telling talents on the big screen. It didn’t work.

New magazine Barmcake promises ‘Northern entertainment for the middle-aged.’

Interview with creative director Alex Breuer about The Guardian’s fine new apps, ‘Layouts across articles and pages can vary across the day and that will be an editing decision.

It’s been a long time coming but London’s House of Illustration opens this summer with a series of events.

Radio 4’s John Humphreys recently said he wouldn’t recommned journalism to his children; others disagree.

A mixed bag of iPad app trends as seen by Mag+’s Matt Cokeley.

 

Overmatter: 30.05.14

Behind the scenes of the new Guardian iOS and Android apps, ‘The new app is the foundation for our future in apps – it’ll keep getting better.

Scotlands’ MagFest returns for a third year with excellent speakers including Andy Cowles and Peter Houston: Edinburgh, 5 September.

Start-a-mag and People of Print review this weeks Printout.

Talking of People of Print, they’ve been around a while but are getting busier and busier supporting printing and printers. Next up: a book.

Taint magazine is a new project by students from LCC and they’re Kickstarting the first issue – support them!

The homepage recedes and ‘Every URL is a potential starting point for readers’ according to the NYTimes’ director of news analytics.

Ex-editor Jane Friedman barely reins in the bitterness as she makes some strong points about the failings of print magazines.‘They can sit at the National Magazine Awards at a single table and congratulate themselves on the industry they’re preserving.’

Allscript have relaunched their Singapore-based magazine store with a good selection of your favourites.

And if you’re in London the magCulture pop-up shop will be open again at the Monocle Summer Fayre, June 14/15. We hope to relaunch our online shop the same time.

 

Overmatter: 21.05.14

Behind the scenes of the recent Boat redesign, ‘inspired by classic literary journals.

Issue one of Four & Sons, ‘Where dogs and culture collide’ is now available for order.

Interview with the founders of US mag Cherry Bombe, ‘It’s food, femininity, and a kind of fierceness in two simple words.

The Guardian continue to build their future, nabbing NYTimes digital news editor Aron Pilhofer.

Offscreen editor Kai Brach, interviewed by Coolhunting, describes how paper ‘forces us to slow down, to switch off and read for pleasure

It’s the World Cup in three weeks, get that front cover ready! Here are the first examples, via Nascapas.

We wrote in inverted pyramids,’ Jeff Jarvis looks back at how newspaper articles once had to fade out rather than reach a crescendo.

Some lovely original illustrations available on this online auction in support of Bob Newman.

The magCulture hour of Megazines from last month’s Pick Me Up is now available online. Hear me and Steve Watson run through an A-Z of magazine making as our guests share their favourite independent mags.

And… don’t forget next Tuesday, straight after the bank holiday, is the next Printout night, a design special.

 

Overmatter: 16.05.14


Collector’s Edition covers innovative graphics across many fields including editorial design. Book on the way plus blog.

The French Magazine Awards: Closer wins best coup for their story about the President, and Stylist wins Print Innovation.

Fascinating piece on The Atlantic site asks ‘What is a Book?’ and looks at how reading and use affects the physical item.

While the firing of NY Times executive editor Jill Abramson continues to attract headlines, figures show their new focus on paid content doesn’t bother readers.

Sadly, Core77’s daily magazine C77 Design Daily for New York Design Week didn’t get funded.

I’m on Monocle24’s The Stack tomorrow talking about some old favourites and an exciting new title, alongside a report from Printout Bristol – Update: hear the show here.

 

Out now: Byline

Out now: Byline, new members magazine for Times subscribers full story: http://www.creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2014/april/the-times-byline-magazine
Byline is a new small-format quarterly exclusively for subscribers to The Times and Sunday Times newspapers. Art directed by Design by ST, it’s a lovely little project featuring strong design and well-thought through production values in terms of paper and finish (read an interview with the designers on CR Blog).

It’s also interesting from a strategic point of view – a magazine to support subscription (they call it membership) to another publication.

 

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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