Overmatter 04.02.14


Congratulations to The Gentlewoman, Works That Work and Bloomberg Businessweek, winners of this year’s MagPile Awards. Together, an excellent introduction to modern magazines.

Riposte art director Shaz Madani interviewed by Form Fifty Five (and hear her talk later this month alongside editor Danielle Pender at QVED2014).

A list of ten food magazines, some newer than others.

Michael Wolff dismisses journalist’s attempts to reinvent news, ‘We don’t need journalists solving the problem of news. We need people with far more cunning and inventive commercial minds.’

The Newspaper Club are exhibiting some of the publications they’ve printed, at their Glasgow office until end of February.

Liked Christoph Niemann’s recent US Wired cover art? Buy the poster here.

Happy birthday to smart architecture magazine Mas Context as they celebrate their fifth anniversary.

Tim Holmes addresses teaching students about launching a magazine, ‘trying to get 6,000 copies of a title in front of committed enthusiasts is a different job to contracting Frontline to get 60,000 into W H Smith and the supermarkets.’

Bob Newman has started writing a regular column for Folio; the first one, about Arizona Highways Magazine, is online now.

California Sunday looks an interesting project, a new magazine from the people behind Pop Up Magazine.

 

Overmatter 31.01.14


The perfect Valentine’s Day celebration if in NY: Wyatt Mitchell, creative director of The New Yorker, talks for SPD about the magazine’s design changes.

The Guardian appears to have secured its future after selling parts of its media group.

Blue as a gender-neutral colour? Hearst US launch Dr Oz Good Life, aiming at men and women.

Facebook reveal their new Flipboard-style iPhone app Paper.

Winners of the MagPile Awards will be announced Monday; meanwhile the (pretty strong IMO) shortlists have attracted criticism via twitter over selection procedures and category descriptions, reminding me why I’ve always resisted running an awards competition. Read Dan from MagPile’s response and consider, is love enough?

 

Overmatter: 21.01.14


Athenaeum blog interviews Danielle Pender, founder of Riposte, ‘We want the focus to be on what the women have to say, what they’ve achieved and who they are, rather than what they look like.’

032c no25 has a  surprise inside – a DIY piece by Cyprien Gaillard using images from National Geographic to celebrate that magazine’s 125th anniversary.

The Independent and sister title i are for sale.

Creative Bloq rounds up some fine zines.

A brief look behind the scenes at Tate Etc as it turns ten.

‘Most profitable magazine in the UK’ Radio Times focuses print profits on digital.

Time for one last ‘best of 2013’ list: Bob Newman selects his favo(u)rite covers with a typically broad selection.

 

Do Something


This Saturday The Guardian newspaper launches a new monthly supplement. Do Something promises hundreds of idea to break your routine and stimulate, encourage and inspire you. Whether the ideas are so great – it boasts snowboarding to street photography via starting your own supper club – it certainly looks great, with plenty of illustration including the cover by Owen Gildersleeve and other pieces by Owen Gatley, Yann Le Bec, Sam Brewster and Hattie Newman spread across strong layouts by art director Chris Clarke.

More images after the jump – click for larger versions.

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Overmatter 03.12.13


It’s easier to start a newspaper than save one,’ say the publishers of Australia’s soon-come The Saturday Paper.

Ex-editor Dylan Jones profiles i-D founder Terry Jones as he withdraws from the magazine after selling it to Vice.

New York magazine confirms it will end weekly publication in favour of every two weeks from March…

…despite ‘revenue of around $3 million a week.’ Can that be right?

Wired, Cosmo main winners in AdWeek’s survey of US mags. Interesting comparing the choices with the reader’s choices.

‘e-commerce, digital discoverability and multi-platform reach’ important to PPA says CEO Barry McIlheney.

 

magRush 18: Boktor


Two things to attract my attention… a magazine that changes form every issue, while clearly being great fun to make. Boktor ticks both boxes. Published rom Belgium, editors Jeroen and Debby invite submissions on a theme and then publish an issue in a suitable format. For this second issue they invented an island – Bouy – and shared the back story of the creation of a new country. The resulting newspaper shares the ensuing nonsense, with work from artists, poets and other creatives.

The next issue is now under way – ‘No Regerts’ will celebrate the regrettable tattoo.

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magRush 15: Forage Press


Another website-turned-print publication, FPZ0001 collects the first 20 contributions to the Forage Press website, which went live at the start of 2013. The site invites creative responses to music from its users, and they post the results. It’s a lovely idea, and the print edition is a great addition, collecting very different visuals in a well-designed newsprint publication. Simple but satisfying, creative sources range from Michael Jackson to Mogwai via Hort (below).

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Overmatter 19.11.13


The power of editorial design: ‘Magazine covers help people understand the world better.’

The power of editorial photography: see last weeks edition of French newspaper Libération, published with all images deleted.

Adbusters publishes a box-set of its last five ‘Epic Human’ issues.

‘The disconnect between how the glossy mags choose to fill their pages and how British women actually spend their money suggests that traditional publishers are out of touch with their readership.’

Magasin is a new Hamburg-based online magazine shop. Welcome to the fray!

i–D starts to benefit from new owner Vice Media, launching a satisfying new website that feels right on brand.

Talking of Vice, ‘

New York magazine spots young people making magazines instead of websites. Great selection of indies, but surely they mean as well as?

In Amsterdam? I’ll be at Atheneaum this Thursday evening talking to Xandra Schutte about The Modern Magazine.

 

Overmatter 13.11.13


The redesigned Independent astutely analysed by Andy Cowles, ‘…they just haven’t gone far enough.

US Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles talks digital, ‘It’s all changing, all the time, and it’s incredibly exciting.’

Photographer Nick Knight discusses the rise of the iPhone and Instagram.

Preston is My Paris have a sleek new website featuring all their publications.

Magazines come is many guises. Graphic design journal Neue Grafik (originally 1958–1965) is republished in full by Lars Muller…

…while Fortean Times celebrate their 40th year with this front cover archive for The Guardian.

No joke – The Onion gives up their print edition.

 

Overmatter 18.10.13


D&AD confirm a fine jury for the Magazine and Newspapers category of their awards.

Love the design (by Jessica Rose) of this exhibition catalogue newspaper.

Another new magazine: hello, Dequal, a bi-monthly about ‘the unequal world of design’. Issue one looks at women in design.

‘500 journalists sought by content marketing company NewsCred.’ Brands like to use content, but is this the best way to create it?

Some thoughts and records of our Modern Magazine conference earlier this week: Stack Magazines, It’s Nice That, twitter. And Boat have posted a transcript of creative director Davey Spens’ talk.