California Sunday launches

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California Sunday is a new independent magazine with a lot of unique features. It’s a monthly magazine that will “eventually” become weekly. It’s distributed digitally, and also prints a huge number of copies – all of which are placed as paid inserts inside a handful of Californian broadsheet newspapers. It’s created by a magazine company whose only previous product is a live deconstruction of a magazine. And its creators are a surprisingly small number of people, writes Andrew Losowsky.

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Overmatter: 03.10.14


Next week in New York: Penny Martin, Charlotte Cotton and photographers Inez & Vinoodh discuss the influence of the eighties style mags on todays independents. 8 October, New Museum.

Varoom! editor acts the flaneur to track down Flaneur magazine.

How New Yorker cover illustrations have developed a post-9/11 edge.

Creative Review takes a look at the upcoming Little White Lies book.

What exactly is going on here?’ asks US Vogue as it discovers young people making indie mags. Who knew!

Behind the scenes at the New York Times, an excerpt from a young reporters memoir.

Unmapped have their new issue, themed Water, online now.

Cellardoor is a woman’s online magazine currently Kickstarting to launch a print edition.

At Work With returns on Monday

 

Overmatter: 16.09.14

Today in the Vitsoe 620 Reading Room… meet Alec Dudson, editor of Intern. 2-4pm.

As The Financial Times redesigns, editor explains, ‘It’s adapt or die frankly and that’s what we’re doing.’ (more on this here soon).

The original Eye magazine, from the late sixties. That logo!

Bob Newman notes the strong current covers of Time Out New York, designed by Chris Deacon. Interesting comments about the TO logo.

Grafik asks… which magazines should open physical spaces?

You can now be a member of The Guardian.

Editor Penny Martin discusses the new Gentlewoman on The Stack.

No sooner has this week’s Modern Magazine 2014 day gone, then there’s another Printout. Next Tuesday, 23 September, we’re taking a look at photography magazines. Details here.

 

The Guardian redesigns to reflect digital

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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.

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Overmatter: 27.08.14

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?

Kickstarter update: two mags almost at target, TV mag Sixteen by Nine and design title Dirty Furniture. Which one will you support?

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.

 

Overmatter: 12.08.14

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.

 

The World Cup in Los Angeles

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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.

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Overmatter: 10.06.14


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.

 

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.