Overmatter: 20.11.14


A rare look at a contemporary Iranian magazine, Hengam (thanks Andrew).

Offlife comic is launching an ambitious project, Yellow, commissioning 52 artists to record the news over the next year; names such as Jean Julien, Paul Davis, Simon Spilsbury and Takayo Akiyama will each take a week’s news.

It’s Nice That meets Becky Smith, founder of Twin.

NY Times to invest millions in their weekly magazine under new editor Jake Silverstein and CD Gail Bichler.

Issue ten of The Ride Journal is available on pre-order now.

Dave Trott makes an eloquent argument for the importance of presentation of content, ‘the best books are the ones you actually read.

David Moretti’s move from Wired Italia to US Wired is confirmed.

‘The Print Handbook’ looks like a very useful source book for anyone taking projects to print (thanks Adrian).

 

Overmatter: 14.11.14


This week’s Kim Kardashian Paper cover by Jean Paul Goode is dividing people, and in the process having texactly the effect the editors intended. Even the usually relaxed CoverJunkie is upset by it.

The SPD is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a pumped up awards programme…

…and next Wednesday they host a talk in NY by David Moretti. A must-see for his work in print and iPad.

A NY convenience store owner discusses declining newspaper sales (thanks Andrew).

For some reason this piece I wrote for Computer Arts has just bubbled up again on Twitter, so I share it again here, Typography and Editorial Design.

Help new mag Atlas stretch their Kickstarter target; and don’t forget Amelia’s Magazine is still fundraising too

Our upcoming Printout Magazines of the Year night is shaping up nicely. London, 25 November.

Finally, I hope to see you in Madrid today at SNDe’s NH11 conference.

 

Overmatter: 11.11.14

An update on recent Bloomberg Businessweek front cover designs.

Borrowing from the open source ethos long beloved in engineering circles,The Guardian has just relaunched its website.

Thanks It’s Nice That for sharing these lovely covers from Beat magazine.

Offscreen trialled a choose-your-own-price for back issues. What happened?

Steve Watson from Stack selects 15 indie mags you need to read…

…and Luis Venegas from Spanish mag 137 selects his favourite mags in a special edition. Watch the video.

Read a brief history of Dr Mehemed Fehmy Agha, the original Condé Nast art director (thanks Violetta).

Out now: the third issue of Riposte.

 

Overmatter: 06.11.14


I thought it sounded like an Onion parody.’ – The New Yorker looks at the success of Modern Farmer.

Talking of which, make space on your shelf for ‘The Iconic Covers That Transformed an Undeserving World.’ – the best Onion front cover spoofs.

What Danny, Paul and Rob did next… Weapons of Reason is at print, landing next week.

The problem with intrusive digital advertising, ‘We’re enabling a riotous media circus that treats all content as equal.’

Don’t forget the first Stack evening, next Monday, 10 November, featuring Hello Mr, Gym Class Magazine and Root + Bone.

In New York? If you’re really quick you can catch Ruth Ansell this evening (6 November) at BGC Gallery. And don’t miss Chris Dixon and Christian Schwartz discussing the redesign of Vanity Fair, 11 November.

Indie mag subscription service to launch in India – welcome Paper Planes; more here.

Way back I helped launch Bare magazine; original art director Kirsten Willey is planning to bring it back – support her!

 

Overmatter: 04.11.14

The New Yorker interviews editor of Modern Farmer, “ ‘Magazine’ is a word I learned very early on not to use.

Works That Work maintains its admirable openness about the publishing process, sharing the results of their recent reader survey.

Enter the Stack Christmas cover challenge and win £150.

Private Eye Live, London, 15 December.

A brief history of the hamburger icon.

Goodfruit are holding a magazine night featuring Intern, Another Escape, Oh Comely and Ernest Journal. London, 26 November.

It’s Nice That open the uni sketchbooks of Bloomberg Businessweek’s Tracy Ma.

Tech website CNET to launch a print magazine.

Digital Magazine Awards finalists confirmed, winners to be announced 25 November.

London’s Kemistry Gallery are raising money to survive. Please help their Kickstarter.

MagPile have a small newsstand in Helsinki at Freese coffee.

 

Overmatter: 21.10.14

Intern issue three is open for submissions – deadine 3 November.

See the shortlists for this years Guardian Media Awards.

Content marketers start to turn round the digital-only juggernaut.

A strong profile of Vice Media, ‘the Acme Corporation for young people who are into stuff.

Time Out expands its websites to six other UK cities.

Italian editorial designer Luca Pitoni talks about his work, including IL magazine (video).

Australian launch Krass Magazine, ‘an ode to the defiant and the curious’, needs your support.

Magazine event 1: Stack hold their first In Conversation event, with Ryan Fitzgibbon from Mr Hello, London, 10 November.

Magazine event 2: I’m talking at SNDe’s NH11 event, Madrid, 14 November.

Magazine event 3: Printout returns with a Magazines of the Year night, London, 25 November.

Magazine event 4: Stack is holding a day conference on the future of publishing, London 7 December. A perfect follow-up to The Modern Magazine 2014.

 

Overmatter: 10.10.14


One-time trailblazer iPhone magazine The Magazine is to close, describing itself as ‘a very successful experiment.’ If you’re US-based you can pre-order a copy of their second print compendium.

Meanwhile digital travel magazine Compass Cultura goes its own way, avoiding advertising and VCs.

First Condé Nast, now Hearst UK records significant drop in profits.

There are few more reassuring signs of civilisation than a well-stocked newsagent.

Behind-the-internet-scenes at the WordPress-based New Yorker.

Fraser Allen of White Light Media discusses their decision to launch their own magazines, ‘Financial directors of the publishing giants will not agree but for me it’s a really exciting time.

 

Overmatter: 07.10.14


Lovely to see ‘Pamphlet of typographic smut’ Gratuitous Type brought to life at KK Outlet, London. Exhibition continues until the end of October.

Little White Lies creative director Timba Smits discusses the magazine with three illustrators next week at Foyles bookshop, to mark the new collection of film reviews from the magazine, ‘What I Love About Movies’. London, 14 October (next Tuesday).

SPD Blog highlights the beautiful editorial typography of Otto Storch.

Monocle’s david Plaisant bemoans the closure of the magazine’s local newsagent, ‘The passing of Green’s has resulted in something of a campaign…That campaign continues on the last two editions of The Stack (nos 109 & 110) with lengthy discussion of magazine retail. Recommended.

New biannual travel magazine Diaries Of is raising money via Ulele.

Condé Nast UK profits fall as they spend on ecommerce and technology.

Eye reviews The Modern Magazine 2014, ‘an enthusiastic celebration of the power of editorial design.

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: 25.09.14


It’s Nice That go behind the scenes of the redesign of Elephant magazine.

Tomorrow is the entry deadline for The Digital Magazine Awards.

The AOI present the best entries to their 2014 Illustration Awards at Somerset House, London from 2 October.

Selectism takes a quick look at our magmagmag collaboration with Vitsoe.

Amelia’s Magazine returns for an anniversary one-off.

A big welcome to Lagom magazine.

The new creative team at the New York Times Magazine begin to make their mark, dropping ‘The One-Page Magazine’.

Big logo on your magazine website? Wrong! says David Hepworth.

Grafik reviews the Index A-Z  book.

Gasconder has a nicely linked round-up of recent magazine news.

Wired repurposes an excerpt from our recent Visual Editions project ‘Kitten Clone’.