Overmatter: 12.01.15


What if Charlie Hebdo had been published from the UK? ‘A roving Guardian reporter devotes himself to exposing the private foul views held by Charlie Hebdo journalists…’ (thanks Warren).

Eye archive: a piece about tattoo mag Sang Bleu, ‘‘We use tattooing and other underground cultures to talk about other things.’

One last look back at 2014, from Mr Magazine, ‘I still manage to spend close to $28,000 a year buying magazines.’

Why aren’t newspapers cutting the numbers of days they print each week?

Our fave kids mag Anorak has launched a fine iPad app.

BBC Radio4’s ‘Women’s Hour’ hosted a brief discussion about women’s magazines last week, feat. Elle, You, Libertine.

CSM exhibition of editorial design work marks the arrival of Cath Caldwell’s book, ‘Editorial Design.’

Take a look through Apartamento founder Omar Sosa’s bookshelves, courtesy of It’s Nice That.

The next Printout evening takes place on Tuesday 27 January; we’ll be hearing about relaunches. Guests: Boat magazine, Makeshift and Gym Class Magazine. Tickets here.

And Steve takes Stack Live on tour to Amsterdam on 29 January, where he’ll be interviewing Peter Bi’lak of Works That Work.

This week I’m guest blogging for the SPD blog, posting daily on the subject ‘Where do magazines come from today?

 

Overmatter: 06.01.15

NY editorial designer Josh Lieberman on Holiday magazine, for The Paris Review.…

…and we completely overlooked the same magazines’ relaunch last year. Welcome back!

And welcome too to Brighton’s new magazine shop, Magazine Brighton.

Quantity still beats quality online; a look at the shallow web empire of ‘Viral Guy’ Emerson Spartz

Inside Vice magazine – from punk magazine to media giant.

A look ahead at 2015 and the need for attention-grabbing ideas, ‘Woe betide the little piggy who has none ’.

The social media reach of US magazine brands (thanks David).

I’m helping judge this years MagPile Magazine Awards. Join in!

 

Overmatter 29.12.14


A nod of respect.’ Elliot Jay Stocks of Lagom reminds indie publishers of the need to pay contributors.

The New York Times is setting up a new European hub in London, meeting The Guardian head-on.

Childen’s arts and science mag Okido is running a design a Spot-the-Difference competition.

Original Gravity is a new magazine about beer, in print soon.

Barcelona’s Folch Studio team are visiting London next week to talk about their erotic mag Osideo. 8 January, YCN.

Ten ways to improve your tablet magazines; a sensible round-up from David Hicks.

Delayed Gratification analysed recent UK editions of Vogue and GQ and added up the total worth of all items mentioned in their pages.

A final Kickstarter link of the year: help new art mag Fameless Quarterly launch.

 

Overmatter: 16.12.14


There’s an impressive list of judges for this years D&AD Magazine/Newspaper category. Deadline for entries 18 February.

Sad to see The Newspaper Club’s PaperLater service close; you have a few days to get a last order in.

Read David Hicks’ five predictions for digital magazines in 2015, ‘Some digital magazine apps will close…

Dan Rowden notes the trend for paying supporters rather traditional advertisers in indie mags, an idea that first (I think?) featured in Peter Bilak’s  Dotdotdot.

Are you a Londoner cycling to your magazine job? Steven at Gym Class invites you to help with this survey.

As Condé Nast settle into their new NY HQ, rats are fighting back. apparently Vogue ed Anna Wintour ‘doesn’t even want to enter the building’.

What the hell was Biopsy?’ asks editor Chris Morgan as he closes his small magazine.

I’m enjoying Stack’s cover of the month series. The first of many, many cover lists at this time of year.

 

Overmatter 10.12.14

Don’t write off paper, ‘Mankind’s original browser.

Andy Cowles highlights The New Yorker’s attention to detail.

Spread some Christmas joy via the Little Magazine Gift Guide, with discounts on indie mags.

The ups and downs of US magazine readership.

Editorial designer Scot Stowell is Kickstarting a new book about the work of his NY studio Open. Help him!

Arjo-Wiggins have launched a paper with electrical properties. Powercoat provides interactive possibilities in a 100% recyclable paper.

 

Overmatter: 02.12.14

Condé Nast Traveller gets a new serif logo.

Next Monday, 8 December, London, sees the second Stack night featuring Andrea Kurland, editor of Huck

…and Steve from Stack has a nice video review of new favourite mag The Happy Reader.

The second ‘season’ from digital magazine The Long+Short has just launched, feeling tighter.

Could editor-in-chief Scott Dadich be planning to buy Wired?

Ex-Little White Lies team launch new movie newsletter Delve: ‘It’s not only our return to the world of cinema, but the rejuvenation of our mission to inspire more people to fall more deeply in love with film’.

Good to see a strong customer magazine highlighted on the SPD blog – Andy Cowles looks at N, the magazine for Norwegian Airlines.

Looks like Adobe might finally be working out what its customers need from DPS.

 

Overmatter: 28.11.14


Offscreen has a rather fine Christmas competition. Nothing to do with Black Friday.

Congratulations to all the winners at this weeks Digital Magazine Awards, especially Ernest, winner of best launch…

…and to the winners at the CMA Awards. Peel away the content content content guff and you’ll find some interesting mags in there, like this.

Buy your ticket to QVED2015 this weekend and take advantage of super earlybird rates.

Next weekend the magCulture shop sets up at this years Monocle Christmas Fayre. Come say hello! 6–7 December.

 

Overmatter: 25.11.14

CoverJunkie talks magazine covers, ‘Great covers smack you in the face or make you want to lick them!’

New York magazine trials pop-up blogs as digital supplements.

Economist editor compares his magazine and its subscription ambitions to BSkyB and HBO.

The line-up for next year’s QVED conference in Munich (26–28 February) is building; follow @QVED for updates. Super early-bird bookings end this weekend.

Steven Gregor has a nice interview with The Guardian deputy creative director Chris Clarke on the SPD blog.

Our interview with editor of The Happy Reader Seb Emina remains popular; hear him on The Stack (no117) along with the team from FAT.

Discover why it’s wrong to place the cover line ‘Are you a Slut?’ too close to Kate Middleton’s eyes: ‘Posh People: Inside Tatler’ is a new BBC documentary series from within the hallowed walls of Condé Nast.

 

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.