While still based in Dubai, Conor Purcell published several issues of his travel magazine We Are Here; two about Dubai and one about Kathmandu. The issues were put together using an iPhone for photography and laid out on a laptop – he really was there. They were a fascinating paradox of high-quality content and lo-fi presentation.
Conor has now moved to Dublin, where he has just launched the first of a new quarterly, We Are Dublin. It follows the same template as We Are Here but, aside from the blue-sky cover, presents a very different world. The new magazine is less about travel and more about living in a place, but it sets itself clear boundaries from the start, promising PR-generated stories. History, sociology, memoir, theatre and retail all figure. It’ll be interesting to see how it develops as Conor gets to know his new home.
It already feels like summer’s been going for ages but really it’s only just started; today is 1 August and the new Monocle Mediterraneo has arrived. The ‘superyacht-sized’ newspaper has 68 pages of high-end European holiday-inpsired goodness and this time benefits from an exclusive short story by Anne Zouroudi.
AM (Akademische Mitteilungen) magazine is published annually by students of communication design at the State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart. I featured the infographic-heavy seventh issue in the original magCulture book; now here’s a video of the making of this 19th issue.
Its large-format 130 pages question what is perfection, and have been conceived and executed by students Sunnyi Löhmann and Anna Kiosse.
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.
Kenzine is a limited edition magazine created by the same creative team – Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari – as Toilet Paper, a recent Magazine of the Week here. Published to promote Kenzo’s Autumn/Winter 2013 collections, the images have also been used in advertising and online.
The third issue of Article arrived in the post yesterday. Always a treat of high quality content, design and production, this issue stands out for the way the beautiful open binding (above) takes full advantage of the process with some artfully chosen colours, and for the use of a greatest hits collection of Vaughan Oliver’s 4AD record sleeves as section dividers. Timeless.
It’s great to see one of my favourite illustrators, Jean Julien, bringing humour to the front cover of the new issue of Wrap. The cover is a shift away from more abstract designs toward the more engaging use of a stronger image of a face. Using the human face is an established rule of magazine covers of course, but it’s fascinating seeing a small magazine find its feet and accept such rules on its own terms.
The image wraps (!) round to the back cover (after the jump) to highlight the issues theme, plants.