Overmatter: 21.05.14

Behind the scenes of the recent Boat redesign, ‘inspired by classic literary journals.

Issue one of Four & Sons, ‘Where dogs and culture collide’ is now available for order.

Interview with the founders of US mag Cherry Bombe, ‘It’s food, femininity, and a kind of fierceness in two simple words.

The Guardian continue to build their future, nabbing NYTimes digital news editor Aron Pilhofer.

Offscreen editor Kai Brach, interviewed by Coolhunting, describes how paper ‘forces us to slow down, to switch off and read for pleasure

It’s the World Cup in three weeks, get that front cover ready! Here are the first examples, via Nascapas.

We wrote in inverted pyramids,’ Jeff Jarvis looks back at how newspaper articles once had to fade out rather than reach a crescendo.

Some lovely original illustrations available on this online auction in support of Bob Newman.

The magCulture hour of Megazines from last month’s Pick Me Up is now available online. Hear me and Steve Watson run through an A-Z of magazine making as our guests share their favourite independent mags.

And… don’t forget next Tuesday, straight after the bank holiday, is the next Printout night, a design special.

 

Overmatter: 16.05.14


Collector’s Edition covers innovative graphics across many fields including editorial design. Book on the way plus blog.

The French Magazine Awards: Closer wins best coup for their story about the President, and Stylist wins Print Innovation.

Fascinating piece on The Atlantic site asks ‘What is a Book?’ and looks at how reading and use affects the physical item.

While the firing of NY Times executive editor Jill Abramson continues to attract headlines, figures show their new focus on paid content doesn’t bother readers.

Sadly, Core77’s daily magazine C77 Design Daily for New York Design Week didn’t get funded.

I’m on Monocle24’s The Stack tomorrow talking about some old favourites and an exciting new title, alongside a report from Printout Bristol – Update: hear the show here.

 

Overmatter: 13.05.14


When the time comes, who will take over as editor at Vanity Fair?

Bob Newman looks at the reborn design aesthetic of the NME.

Mike Dempsey digs out the work of David Driver, one of the lesser-recognised names of British editorial design. Check out his design for Harper’s Bazaar.

Fast Company highlights the stylised sci-fi illustration of Omni magazine.

Here comes the Pitchfork Review #2 – It’s Nice That have the low-down.

Offscreen magazine is auctioning rare copies if its early issues.

Wax magazine has a smart new website

…as does the LA Times; its complete revamp getting much attention for the ‘Shareline’ ready-to-send tweets and its ‘Visual Browse’ option.

 

Overmatter: 07.05.14


Grafik reviews Steven Heller’s 100 Classic Graphic Design Journals.

The PPA announces its 2014 Awards shortlist, including the chance to vote for your favourite front cover. Congratulations to nominees.

Meanwhile the ISTD has launched its International Typographic Awards 2014; closing date June 14.

Bob Newman’s latest Folio column takes a look at Politico’s latest front cover. ‘I like the simple, unadorned design of this cover a lot.

Looks like Good magazine is returning to print, two years after going digital-only.

A quick review of the new Noble Rot.

Advertising Age art director Jesper Goransson talks through his latest front cover for the mag.

See you Thursday night at Printout Bristol.

 

Overmatter 05.05.14


Wonderful to see editorial designer Matt Willey noted as Designer of the Year by Creative Review.

Wired asks ‘Why the smart reading device of the future may be… paper.’ (thanks Andy)

The Friends of Bob Newman are holding an online auction of illustration work to raise money, plus a party in NY, May 29.

It’s always good to see magazines from outside the familiar markets we cover. Check out Hong Kong kids mags Adventure Box

…and La Cuche, a zine from Lima, Peru.

A round-up of the ASME Awards (they took place the evening before the SPD Awards already reported here). Big winners: Fast Company and New York, again.

Great overview of Tina Brown’s career in New York, focusing on the heady days of the Daily Beast and Newsweek,Brown was on a plane when Diller announced Newsweek would stop printing. She got the news on her seat-back TV.’

It’s a public holiday in the UK today so we’ll be back At Work With… tomorrow.

 

Overmatter: 29.04.14


(Late notice, but Cathy from Anorak is speaking in London. Tonight).
Postponed until May 13.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, hear me, Steve Watson and a host of top magaholics talk about our habit on Pick Me Up radio, 11am–12noon, followed by further magazinery all day. Full schedule. Listen here.

Dodo magazine promises a time capsule of additional content in 2024.

The Digital Magazine Awards are apparently ‘the most coveted magazine awards in the world.’

The NYTimes catches up with Kinfolk, ‘the Martha Stewart Living of the Portland set.

Note: the Blurb indie day in NY I was due to talk at has been cancelled.

 

Overmatter: 23.04.14


Richard Turley announces his departure from Bloomberg Businessweek for MTV, following Arem Duplessis (NYT–Apple) as the latest in a stream of high-profile moves out of magazine publishing. A sign of strength or weakness of this industry?

Crust is a new food mag from Singapore, currently in development.

Charles Williams‘ type illustrations have appeared on/in a good few magazines.

Library Journal notes that ‘magazines are recovering,’ with an eclectic list of examples…

…and in India Kyoorius publish their own selection of best mags.

David Hepworth makes a good point about the thrill of delivery, but the quality of content being delivered remains important too. Even as we’re overwelmed by so much stuff, the really great stuff can still change your life.

Issue three of Hole & Corner is taking shape, and you can see the process happen over the next few weeks at 213 Piccadilly, London.

 

Overmatter 18.04.14


Behind the scenes at Wyndeham’s printers; ‘At one point we had 350 people in this plant. Now we have 114. But the amount of work has more than doubled.

‘Content loves print.’ Dominic Mills looks at two very different customer magazines –Net a Porter’s Porter and Sports Direct’s Forever Sports.

Amsterdam AMFI fashion course shares the six entries for its annual create-a-magazine competition.

New crowdsource site GoodFruit is raising money for US magazine Hearth.

I’m speaking in New York next month. The Blurb Indie Magazine conference features speakers from Pin-Up, Cherry Bombe, Gopher Illustrated, Lucky Peach, Refueled and Sweet Paul. 6 May, details here.

Meanwhile tickets are going fast for Printout Bristol on 8 May, featuring Another Escape, Boneshaker,  Cereal and OffLife. Get in quick! And the next London date is set for May 27. News soon.

And and and… I’m be presenting a one-off show for the digital radio station at this year’s Pick Me Up show at Somerset in London. More soon.

 

Overmatter: 15.04.14


The Guardian editor Alan Rushbridger celebrates the culture of his organisation as it wins Pulitzer prize; ‘newspapers made a fatal mistake… and jettisoned the stuff that seemed difficult and expensive.

PPA reconfigures its annual conference under the banner ‘Re_Invented 2014//’. Note the underscore and slashes. Perhaps most remarkably, the line-up reveals Jamie Callum is publishing his own magazine, The Eighty Eight, and it looks, gulp, quite intriguing.

Inside PopBitch and its iPad app plans; ‘Be nice, and if you can’t be nice, be funny.

Ideas on Paper is a fine-looking new magazine store in Nottingham; Stack interviews owner Alex Smith.

Kickstarter alert: The Holborn Magazine is another digital spin-off, promising the ‘best in design, apparel and craft.’ Support them!

Out soon: the new-look Boat magazine, issue seven Lima, Peru.

 

Overmatter: 10.04.14


The Guardian review ten independent travel magazines, the NYTimes ten independent fashion magazines.

Fomo is an algorithmic journalism machine producing a magazine from events at Milan design week.

Longtime Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter added to editors hall of fame.

David Hepworth’s eight iron laws of modern media.

Illustrators! The next Quickdraw take place in London, April 24.

MagPile has a useful list of current magazine Kickstarter campaigns.