September 25, 2014
It’s Nice That go behind the scenes of the redesign of Elephant magazine.
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’.
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’.
Printed Pages editor James Cartwright ponders the importance of a cover strategy, ‘I hate turquoise but I think Robyn’s great – but I still don’t want to pick up the new issue, because, did I mention, I hate turquoise.’
BSME announce their awards shortlist.
Mr Magazine’s ACT5 event in Mississippi is a well-organised business-orientated magazine conference.
George Orwell critiques a 1950s fashion magazine , ‘A fairly diligent search through the magazine reveals two discreet allusions to gray hair, but if there is anywhere a direct mention of fatness or middle-age I have not found.’ (via Bo Sacks).
The Modernist needs your support for year four.
In the magCulture shop: the brand new Gym Class, Alquimie, Printed Pages, Riposte… pre-order Fiera… and plenty more.
September 16, 2014
Today in the Vitsoe 620 Reading Room… meet Alec Dudson, editor of Intern. 2-4pm.
As The Financial Times redesigns, editor explains, ‘It’s adapt or die frankly and that’s what we’re doing.’ (more on this here soon).
The original Eye magazine, from the late sixties. That logo!
Bob Newman notes the strong current covers of Time Out New York, designed by Chris Deacon. Interesting comments about the TO logo.
Grafik asks… which magazines should open physical spaces?
You can now be a member of The Guardian.
Editor Penny Martin discusses the new Gentlewoman on The Stack.
No sooner has this week’s Modern Magazine 2014 day gone, then there’s another Printout. Next Tuesday, 23 September, we’re taking a look at photography magazines. Details here.
British GQ editor Dylan Jones reminds us ‘content is only as good as the people producing it.’
The Long + Short is a new digital magazine designed by Mark Porter and published by innovation group Nesta. Glitchy to use but boldly designed and a forward-looking move into web-based rather than app publishing. Best on iPad.
Unampped is another digital magazine, promising hidden stories from around the world on the basis ‘why you should live here.’
The name IPC disappears from the British newsstand after 60 years.
Coming soon: Lagom, from the makers of 8Faces and Digest.
The New Yorker marks Saul Steinberg’s centenary with an archive piece by the artist.
See the new issue of Offscreen being printed.
A top ten of art and design bookstores from around the world. Assume indie mags available too.
Coming soon: Poppy, a new type of business mag from the makers of Hot Rum Cow. Look out for a copy at our Modern Magazine day.
In New York on 30 September? Make sure you get along to SPD’s get-together of Entertainment Weekly alumni.
IKEA advertises its new catalogue in unique bookbook format.
A gorgeous archive of 20th century modernist/surrealist magazines.
A map showing the homes of German independent magazines. Berlin leads, Hamburg second (thanks Kati).
August 28, 2014
The Times provides journalists with typewriter background noise in new offices. Love the phrase ‘not necessarily permanent’.
New York magazine’s The Cut gets bitchy about latest New York Times Magazine cover. Fair comment?
US Vogue relaunches its website this week, promising a cleaner look and the exciting news that ‘a tiny 3-D printed replica of the model Karlie Kloss, dressed in what appeared to be a tiny couture outfit… would be taken around the world and photographed for the site’.
Ever wonder how much Anna Wintour’s clothing allowance is?
Interview/profile of Monocle’s Tyler Brulé, ‘If the World Economic Forum did not already exist, he would be doing it’.
Offlife’s live drawing Quickdraw evening returns to the House of Illustration, London, on 18 September.
August 20, 2014
The highest-selling UK iPad mag, The Economist, sells 21k copies a week. See full ABC table.
Enjoy this beautiful set of images from Modern Farmer magazine.
‘ I love that there are more independent food magazines out there than ever before!’ Athenaeum interview Fiorella Valdesolo from Gather Journal.
‘Three magazine events you need to know about’ according to Steve at Stack. Thanks Steve!
From magazine to website – Company goes digital-only.
Pivot is a smart-looking sports mag project from recent design graduate Max Amato in New York.
35 covers of The New Yorker.
Finally, congratulations to Gail Bichler, just appointed as Arem Duplessis’s successor as design director at the New York Times Magazine.
August 12, 2014
New Kickstarter-backed launch HrdCvr hires Claudia de Almeida, late of US Wired, as creative director.
iPad magazine pioneer Joe Zeff closes studio to work in-house at Scrollmotion, ‘The publishing business has been an elevator that continues to move down. This is the chance to get on an elevator moving up.’
‘Bookazines’ aren’t just a horrible made-up name, they’re also threatening the magazine newsstand.
As parent companies rush to hive off their print businesses, The New York Times reports on the death of the newspaper; ‘If this is the future… what is underway may be a kind of mercy killing.’
…while Michael Wolff is in more positive mood, ‘the powers that be aren’t so much taking our livelihood from us as they are giving it back.’
Bob Newman recalls the early front covers of Wire.
‘Fuck the begrudgers,’ says publisher as British Vogue hits a record 462 pages for this years September issue (including a record 293 ad pages).
Confessions of a magazine editor, ‘it’s all in such dramatic flux that it’s very easy to make errors.’
The Good Housekeeping Institute becomes an actual place.
The Gentlewoman art director (and speaker at this year’s Modern Magazine conference) Veronica Ditting shares a few words with Computer Arts, ‘as a designer it’s about the dialogue you have with your collaborators.’ And read my associated piece about type and editorial.
iPhone mag The Magazine switches to off-the-shelf platform TypeEngine.
UK GQ editor Dylan Jones muses on the state of the magazine industry, ‘there are lots of people running around like headless chickens complaining that the world is over. But there will be winners and losers.’
UK Esquire art director David McCendrick signs off to launch new venture with Wallpaper*’s Lee Belcher, sharing thoughts with It’s Nice That, ‘the only rule is that if you ever meet someone famous, get a thumbs-up pic for your mum.’
Inside Four & Sons, the magazine that looks at, ‘what happens when we look at all aspects of the life we live… from a ‘dog-centric’ point of view.’
…and Puss Puss offers a cat-centric alternative.
Thanks Lucas for including The Modern Magazine in this round-up of design books.
Bonnier, who funded the development of the mag+ iPad app creation software, drops it in favour of Adobe DPS.
Bauer launches Retro, a celeb-weekly style look at the past in France.
An intern describes how to succeed working at a magazine, ‘I don’t have to be the expert; I interview the experts.’
I’m looking forward to seeing the first issue of new mag Lagom, from Elliot Jay Stocks, one of the people behind 8Faces and Digest…
…and whose contribution to the Magazine Diaries is now up, ‘it’s the creators of digital products such as myself who have helped reinvigorate the medium (print).’
A look at the strengths and weaknesses behind of Kickstarter-funded magazines, including Intern and CherryBombe.