Overmatter 07.12.12

On tomorrows edition of Moncole24’s The Stack: Charlie Porter from The Guardian, Elliot Jay Stocks from Page 8 magazine, plus a report about the American Reader.

The Economist sees better times ahead for paywalls.

Is it that time again already? The SPD Awards are open for entries.

Next week in Rome – the 3rd Belvedere independent magazine festival.

The Daily may be dead but Joe Zeff presents the case for tablet publishing.


Overmatter 28.11.12

US Vogue’s Grace Coddington interviewed as she publishes her memoirs.

Church of London art director Victoria Talbot interviewed.

Watch out for Fire & Knives’ soon-come sister magazine Gin & It.

The New Yorker is digghing into its massive archive with the new Double Take blog.

Wired has a pop-up shop in London from 2–5 December.

Gym Class has published some of Richard Turley, Luke Hayman and my thoughts about last year’s SPD Awards.

The attendee list for next week’s Little Magazine Coalition meeting in NY grows.


Overmatter 08.11.12

Take a peek inside 032c art director Mike Meiré’s Cologne apartment, courtesy of New York Times T Magazine (thanks Richard).

Yesterday’s Shortlist had a ‘playable’ videogame on the front cover.

Print isn’t dead, but print as we know it is dead, according to Condé Nast CEO.

Colors launches a Brazilian edition.


Overmatter 23.10.12

The Germans is a new political journal from Germany and looks intriguing (thanks Mike).

Long form journalism is great. But who’s going to write it all?

A slideshow of independent fashion magazines.

SPD announce this years Awards co-chairs.

I like the sound of new app Circa but frustratingly its not yet avilable outside the US.


Newsweek axes print

The final print edition of Newsweek will appear on Dec 31 this year, after which the title will be digital-only. Meanwhile The Guardian are busy denying reports – in today’s Daily Telegraph – that they are planning a similar move soon.

More on Newsweek here.


Overmatter 11.10.12

‘To read an edition of Aspen magazine is to flip through a booklet, unfurl a concertina, shuffle some postcards or to unfold a poster.’ Eye reviews the Aspen exhibition at London’s Whitechapel gallery.

‘At the time, women in journalism were relegated to fact-checking and research, with little hope of rising in the mostly male editorial ranks.’ The story of the seventies Newsweek revolt.

Meanwhile in the London of the same era Robin Fior was the dominant designer of counter-culture publications such as Black Dwarf. Read his obituary here.

Next week’s New Statesman will be guest-edited by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

A brief video insight into the magazine collection of Barcelona-based publisher/magaholic Luis Venegas.

How to prevent spoilers in an online movie review – run part of the text in white (thanks Jennifer).

New magazine app tool Maz lets readers share pages direct to Pinterest.


Overmatter 28.09.12

Anologue x digital: New York trials personal hand deliveries in Manhattan to avoid slow, expensive US Post; meanwhile it is now making 40% of its ad income online.

The Economist separates its digital and print ad sales.

The rich love their magazines, apparently.

HuffPo looks back at 21 years of Big Issue front covers.


Out now: Ideas Illustrated

The latest issue of Ideas Illustrated is out, with a new editor, new format and new design. An all-new approach in fact.

Before I go further, I should declare an interest. I’ve worked with the magazine’s publisher, YCN, for quite some time in one way or the other. While I was at John Brown Publishing we helped them launch their annual awards book, and I’ve regularly commissioned illustration from their (excellent) agency. Then most recently I helped them define the brief for the changes to Ideas Illustrated.

But that was a while back, and now the finished magazine has arrived. And it’s rather good, with a far better sense of editorial focus and an improved design by art director Alex Hunting.

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Overmatter 12.03.12

Francesco Franchi from IL magazine discusses visual storytelling (via Gym Class).

‘What a bloody good night all round’. Inferno reviews last week’s Printout event.

.Net magazine lists ten ways to make a digital magazine.

US Elle remakes Demi Moore’s nude, pregnant Vanity Fair cover.

Irma Boom discusses the differences between book and magazine design.

David Hillman is working on a book about photographer Terence Donovan and is looking for copies of Queen magazine from 1965. If you think you can help email me.


Overmatter 06.02.12

Bloomberg Businessweek’s Richard Turley interviewed. From favourite covers to favourite pub.
UPDATE: Daily Mail try to stir up a fuss.

A beautiful collection of vintage Vogue images.

Forgotten about Rupert Murdoch’s daily app ‘newspaper’ The Daily? You’re not alone (thanks Matt).

Mewanwhile, Murdoch’s News International trials Facebook ‘magazine’.

A lovely bit of story-telling; William Owen points us at The Guardian’s use of agency pictures to report last week’s Madrid–Barcelona derby.

Now on at the Saatchi: ‘Fifty Years of the Sunday Times Magazine’, showcasing photography from the magazine.