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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Overmatter 29.11.13


For a while now Bristol has been a great source of independent magazines, so it make sense for them to band together and form Bristol Independent Publishers. BIP will promote the many local magazines – Another Escape, Boneshaker, Cereal, Offlife… the full list is on their site.

Congratulations to all the winners at the UK Digital Magazine Awards earlier this week. Headline winners include Katachi, Top Gear and BBC Good Food…

…and to the winners at the CMA Awards, ie customer publishing. Big winner Audi.

Bauer Media announce new app-only magazine launch for women, The Debrief.

Five thoughts on what makes successful digital magazines.

Victoria Beckham guest-edits Paris Vogue, gets an exclusive interview with husband David.

Independent cycling mag Rouleur have a smart new website.

Bread is a PDF magazine about, um, bread, that is raising funds for a print edition.

Read my Eye Reputations interview with Vanity Fair creative director Chris Dixon.

The magCulture pop-up shop will be at next week’s Monocle Christmas Market, selling signed copies of ‘The Modern Magazine’ as well copies of My Favo(u)rite magazine, Gym Class Magazine and a range of recent magazines. December 7-8, Dorset Street London W1U 4EG.

 

Overmatter 22.10.13


‘Three years after Apple unveiled the iPad… tablets still account for… just 3.3 percent of total circulation.’ AdAge disects the iPad problem.

Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter talks canoes and magazines on the Charlie Rose site; ‘Magazines are the perfect invention… the perfect medium for telling stories.’ Well worth the 20+ mins video (thanks Chris).

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of John Carpenter’s movie ‘They Live’, a Swiss publisher has recreated the featured Obey magazine. More on CRBlog.

New York magazine said to to be considering going fortnightly.

I’ll be talking about my book ‘The Modern Magazine’ at two of my favourite European magazine stores –  Do You Read Me? (Berlin) on 7 November, and Atheneaum Newscentrium (Amsterdam) on 21 November. Details to follow.

Plus – next Printout coming up at the end of November, with a great line-up of speakers. News very soon.

 

Overmatter 15.10.13

Wave goodbye to the International Herald Tribune – so hello to the International New York Times.

A new issue of Hypebeast’s print magazine on the way, as is a print edition from Random House’s Hazlitt website.

Stack has an excellent, in-depth interview with the man behind The Magazine app, promising a print collection. The Guardian have more too.

Meanwhile Columbia Journalism Review takes a close up look at the Guardian’s finances and predicts a paywall future.

US Esquire editor discusses how his audience has changed over his 16 years.

I still dream of stumbling across an original copy of one of the Dada magazines. Until that happens, here’s the full content of edition one of Cabaret Voltaire

…and here’s the entire launch edition of Just Seventeen.

SPD has listed some of the recent online experiments with the presentation of  longform writing.