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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February 19, 2014

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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.

 

At Work With: Tom Taylor, the Newspaper Club


We start this week with Tom Taylor, co-founder of and technical brains behind The Newspaper Club.
Already known for their small-run newsprint service, they have just announced a print-on-demand service, the Newsagent. Tom looks ahead at his week as they launch their own one-off publication, Things Our Friends Have Saved on the Internet, to promote and test the Newsagent.

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Overmatter: 11.02.13

This year’s Design Museum ‘Designs of the Year’ longlist includes several magazines – congratulations The Gourmand, A Magazine and Works That Work. Plus a special mention to Chris Ware’s ‘Building Stories’ DIY book.

NSA scourge Glenn Greenwald’s new online publishing project The Intercept launches, Gigaom gets confused about whether it’s a magazine or not.

Adam Curtis interviewed; ‘We don’t read newspapers because the journalism’s boring.’

Seen the branded delivery vans driving round town? Net-a-Porter have just made ‘the biggest launch of a British fashion magazine for years’.

Kate Moss’s first photography shoot (behind the camera) for British Vogue.

The New York Times now has 760,000 paying digital customers, the resulting income offsetting print drop.

Nascapas presents a selection of recent inflight magazine covers – TAP Portugal’s Up is always worth a look.

Super Salon is a Polish online magazine shop.

 

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?