Overmatter: 10.09.14


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.

 

At Work With: David Moretti, Wired Italia

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David Moretti has been Creative Director of Wired Italia since its launch in 2009. Using the US edition as a starting point, David has given the Italian edition its own unique character using all the tools available to the editorial designer to produce stunning, award-winning results in both print and on the iPad. We join him as he starts work on their October edition.

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Overmatter: 20.08.14

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.

 

Overmatter: 12.08.14

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.

 

Overmatter 31.07.14


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.

Science Explains The Enduring Appeal Of Bland, Symmetrical Layouts.

 

Overmatter: 03.06.14

I love the look of the new issue of Colors, taking on football as the World Cup arrives. We’ll have the issue in our shop shortly; meanwhile, Creative Review has more.

US Vogue is earning money selling clothes via Instagram.

Congratulations to all the winners of the BSME Rising Stars awards.

David Hepworth recalls some of the stranger characters of magazine publishing, ‘Pearson glimpsed the mirage of platform neutrality in 1899, a hundred years before anyone else, serving on the board of the British Mutoscope and Biograph Company who hoped to be able to use their story telling talents on the big screen. It didn’t work.

New magazine Barmcake promises ‘Northern entertainment for the middle-aged.’

Interview with creative director Alex Breuer about The Guardian’s fine new apps, ‘Layouts across articles and pages can vary across the day and that will be an editing decision.

It’s been a long time coming but London’s House of Illustration opens this summer with a series of events.

Radio 4’s John Humphreys recently said he wouldn’t recommned journalism to his children; others disagree.

A mixed bag of iPad app trends as seen by Mag+’s Matt Cokeley.

 

Overmatter: 30.05.14

Behind the scenes of the new Guardian iOS and Android apps, ‘The new app is the foundation for our future in apps – it’ll keep getting better.

Scotlands’ MagFest returns for a third year with excellent speakers including Andy Cowles and Peter Houston: Edinburgh, 5 September.

Start-a-mag and People of Print review this weeks Printout.

Talking of People of Print, they’ve been around a while but are getting busier and busier supporting printing and printers. Next up: a book.

Taint magazine is a new project by students from LCC and they’re Kickstarting the first issue – support them!

The homepage recedes and ‘Every URL is a potential starting point for readers’ according to the NYTimes’ director of news analytics.

Ex-editor Jane Friedman barely reins in the bitterness as she makes some strong points about the failings of print magazines.‘They can sit at the National Magazine Awards at a single table and congratulate themselves on the industry they’re preserving.’

Allscript have relaunched their Singapore-based magazine store with a good selection of your favourites.

And if you’re in London the magCulture pop-up shop will be open again at the Monocle Summer Fayre, June 14/15. We hope to relaunch our online shop the same time.

 

At Work With: Danny Sturgess, Stipla

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Danny Sturgess is a London-based digital designer and part of the team behind independent iPad magazine Stipla, the first edition of which was published late last year. We look ahead at his week as the app receives recognition as App of the Year by the SPD at their annual awards ceremony in New York.

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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.

 

April 16, 2014

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Are apps dead?

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Prompted by the realisation that colleagues and friends weren’t reading magazine apps, Bob Newman asked a group of editorial designers, including me, what we felt about apps, the production process, and what the future holds.

A very useful round-up, revealing general skepticism. Read the full piece on Bob’s Newmanology blog.