The Guardian is introducing significant changes to its content and design from tomorrow. The Weekend magazine (above) has been redesigned and new columnists introduced, along with a new weekly series by US graphic novelist Chris Ware. A new section ‘Journal’ will run longform writing four times a week in the newspaper, edited by Jonathan Shainin, late of The New Yorker.
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.
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.’
Copa is a guide to help Los Angeles football fans enjoy the World Cup. It’s published by creative collective Camp Rimpau, Americans who have fallen for the sport to the point where they even play in a Sunday league as the Domingos. Disappointingly, they support Arsenal, bit it’s a lovely piece of design – check their site for more images.
A newspaper provides details of the teams and players, while an interactive map gives venues where the matches can be watched. The paper is distributed free at the venues, stores and downtown hotels.
The latest cleverness from The Newspaper Club is Paper Later – find out more and sign up for Beta here.
Steve interviews Rosa from Cereal as issue six lands, ‘Every single feature is commissioned by us and exclusive to us and we hold the license to that for up to a year.’
And the Athenaeum interview Jens from Tissue as the centrepiece of a focus on the new erotica mags.
I like the look of this history of the Royal College of Art’s student mag Ark.
The final, eighth, issue of typography mag 8 Faces is just out now, featuring interviews with founder Elliot Jay Stocks, Steven Heller and, ahem, me. Buy it here.
The online auction for Bob Newman ends tomorrow, June 11. Buy an original illustration/photograph and help him fund his medical bills.
Stock is arriving here for the relaunch of our online shop and this weekend’s Monocle Summer Fayre. Details to follow.
June 6, 2014
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.
June 3, 2014
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.
May 30, 2014
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.
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.
May 21, 2014
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.
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.
Sadly, Core77’s daily magazine C77 Design Daily for New York Design Week didn’t get funded.