Overmatter: 05.02.15

Congratulations to the Magpile Award winners, a pleasure to take part in the judging.

India’s mag subscription service Paper Planes highlights the new issue of Motherland.

Hey Woman! promises ‘a new digital home for bright/smart/elegant/fun-loving women’.

German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung is launching a quarterly collection of its best long form writing, using crowdfunding (thanks Kati).

The new issue of Boat magazine – set in Bangkok – is now on pre-order…

…as is the third issue of design comendium Visuelle.

The (not all so) young Americans shaking up the magazine industry.

Condé Nast’s foodie website Epicurious has had a redesign by David Cicconi.

Sample Hot Rum Cow for free, via issuu.

Fantastic New Yorker piece about the Wayback Machine’s attempts to archive the web, ‘The average life of a Web page is about a hundred days…


Overmatter 03.02.15

The new design will also give you more visual clues about each story’s relative importance…The Guardian introduces its smart new website…

…and Bloomberg Businessweek looks to bring some of the magazine’s attitude to its web presence. Backtrack through the sites recent designs; more on the redesign here.

Rolling Stone is to make its entire 47-year archive of music and political coverage  available via Google Play.

New Centaur (Creative Review etc) CEO Andrea Vidler discusses her first year, ‘Magazine publishers have also been too scared to actively seek out alternative revenue streams.

YCN host Eye editor John L Walters at their next Reading List event, 17 February, London, £10.

It’s Nice That’s next Nicer Tuesday is a magazine special, with Dazed, Port and Dirty Furniture represented. 24 February, London, £10.90.

Snapchat as news channel?

Four images, one Instagram account per set. A whole lotta the same shit. Welcome to the Kinspiracy.

We have a constant chatroom that all the writers and editors are in that’s on everyone’s phones.’ Meet Stella Bugbee, editorial director of New York’s The Cut site.

And congratulations to New York’s print team for their Design win at last night’s ASME Awards. Full winners here.


Overmatter 27.01.15

The Gourmand have confirmed an exciting series of events based on their latest issue at the Ace Hotel, London. Expect hot dogs, food from liberace’s cookbook and talks and installations.

Grafik meets Peter Bi’lak, the man behind Works That Work. And they need your support.

Print lives on not through ubiquity, but in selective, effective usage.

Is the ‘self-destructing book’ the future of publishing?

In New York? ‘This program trains students not only in the traditions of criticism and fine writing — but also offers a variety of… experiences that teach them how to design, edit, and distribute journals…

Table Talk is fundraising for issue two via Indiegogo. See Steve’s video review of no1 for Stack.

Monoskop has a a great archive of a modernist magazines. Enjoy!

With editorial operations suspended, the future of what remains of the Modern Farmer brand is uncertain.

NYTimes executive editor Dean Baquet interviewed by Spiegel:  ‘We were arrogant, to be honest. We looked down on those new competitors, and I think we’ve come to realize that was wrong.’

Great to the BBC heading into the unknown with their new Taster platform.


Overmatter 23.01.15

We’re just making something we think is good and getting better,’ says one of the people behind London anarchist mag Strike.

How Paper magazine reinforced its website so its Kim Kardashian #breaktheinternet front cover wouldn’t break the internet (thanks Steve).

Maxim editor on the new sex mags, ‘The Internet can feel like such a numbing parade of bodies, and print offers you the chance to do something more thoughtful…

Why smartphone text design resembles 18th century book pages.

The Paris Review looks back at Flair magazine.

Good to see Magpile’s Magheroes podcast return; read about it on Stack.

This year’s PPA Awards deadline is February 13.

A slightly disturbing but strong set of three covers for the new Elle Collections.

The Charlie Hebdo memorial edition has provoked many responses. Most comic was probably ‘But it’s in French!

I’m hosting a new magazine conference in Singapore this March. A big welcome to the U Symposium.


Overmatter: 15.01.15

After eight years at the NYTimes, Amy O’Leary is leaving ‘it became clear to me that the future of journalism was not, in fact, audio slideshows.’ Great read…

…and Mario Garcia compares the Sunday NYTimes in print and on iPad. Guess which wins?

Pulp magazines from around the world (thanks Bob).

Hearst let a drone loose in their NY HQ; meanwhile Scott Dadich prepares staff to move into the new super-office he’s designed for Wired in SF, ‘I love your custom-made/vintage/neon sign/one-of-a-kind lighting appliance. But it’s not right for the design of this new space.

It’s Nice That on the redesign of Kinfolk.

Check the new Lucky Peach site.

Apparently recent VAT changes mean app store auto-renewals are failing.

Foyles in London are quietly organising some great events; next week there’s Laydeez do Comics.

QVED2015 have launched a Tumblr featuring work by speakers scheduled for the 26-28 February event. Earlybird tickets on sale until 20 Jan.

And don’t forget the next Printout takes place Tuesday 27 January.



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.