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.

 

Overmatter 25.02.14


A must-see exhibition at 032c’s space in Berlin – a collection of Lilliput magazine.

Behind the scenes of The Financial Times’ decision to go native with their apps.

Graydon Carter drops a Vanity Fair Gwyneth Paltrow story – PR pressure?

Condé Nast readying for office move from Times Square to WTC.

What’s working in magazine app advertising? Less is more, it seems.

In yesterday’s At Work With Steve Watson post he mentioned Outpost. Support their fundraising for their second year.

And/or support new German title Winter, from Manzine hero Kevin Braddock and magCulture collaborator Kati Krause.

The Independent on independent magazines – ‘Looks good on paper.’

The AOI 2014 Illustration Awards are go – closing date 16 March.

 

Letter to Jane: the future of iPad apps


The fourth issue of Tim Moore’s Letter to Jane iPad app was released late last year. Although some early development work was included in my book The Modern Magazine, I missed the chance to give it a more thorough review here on the blog at the time it appeared. This week Bob Newman posted a review on his Newmanology site – a review I wholeheartedly agreed with, for its positive response to this particular app as much as the general observations about magazine apps. Bob has kindly given me permission to republish his post.

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