Overmatter 08.10.13

Must-reads: Jon Lund on why iPad magazines fail and Joe Zeff explains how to ‘save’ them. Lund wins. Until magazine apps can be found, they’ll struggle.

A great New Yorker piece by Ken Auletta about The Guardian’s financial problems and quest for international status via NSA revelations.

In London? See the AOI Illustration Awards Show at Somerset House until October 27.

Monocle’s Tyler Brulé talks to Bloomberg TV about making print profitable.

Mr Magazine records the year’s 591 (US) magazine launches, notes rise of b**kazines (like the concept, hate that name).

Publisher confirms posthumous publication of Michael Hastings book about life as a magazine intern.

New magazine: ThisIsPaper builds on its web presence with a new print mag.


At Work With Tim Moore, Letter to Jane

Photograph Oroma Elewa / Brooklyn NY
This week the fourth edition of iPad magazine Letter to Jane is released. The first three editions were edited, designed and coded by Tim Moore from Portland, Oregon. He’s now moved to Manhattan to work with iPad app start-up 29th Street Publishing, from where he looks ahead at his week.

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At Work With: Nick Carson, Computer Arts

Nick Carson spent several years at 4Talent, Channel 4’s creative industries development hub, where among other things he produced an annual creative awards scheme and launched their first print magazine. He left in 2009 to edit Future’s design title Computer Arts Projects, before launching sister publication Computer Arts Collection in 2011 – notable for its ‘magaziney-ness’. He now oversees all the CA publications and iPad apps. Here he talks us through those many channels as he looks ahead at his week.

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Overmatter 11.09.13

Hearst UK CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine comes out in favour of quality over quantity, ‘I’d rather have an ABC decrease because we are publishing at capacity of selling good magazines, with a solid type of readership, rather than bulk or pricing push.’

French magazine Lui, France’s answer to Playboy, returns (thanks Mike).

Slate rails against ‘Snowfall’ and its descendants (What is Snowfall?).

The Evening Edition presents an online bite-size news overview written locally by actual journalists.

London and Manchester’s Magma magazine and book store owner falls out with Offscreen publisher over unpaid bills. A depressing spectacle that highlights the narrow margins in independent publishing.


Overmatter 04 09 13

The next Printout takes a place next week – Wednesday 11 September. Details here.

Andy Cowles shares his contribution to My Favo(u)rite Magazine; UK designer Ben Serbutt offers his favo(u)rite in response to receiving his copy.

Wired experiments with a Snowfall-style online version of current print feature Station to Station.

Wallpaper* have a smart new website: smoother, faster, better.

David Hieatt shares his ten magazine theories; ‘If you subscribe to a magazine, you have to find one article each time that you want to scrapbook. If you go 3 editions without finding an article worth Scrapbooking, you should un-subscribe.’

Daft magazine storage concept – the chairack.

UK Esquire launches a weekly app to fill the spaces between the monthly print edition.

The Internet Archive has a great online resource for old magazines.

New magazine Digest deserves a closer look. More soon.


Overmatter 30.07.13

This year’s MagFest in Edinburgh is confirmed for September 11, with star speaker Mike Soutar.

Also in Edinburgh, an exhibition of Condé Nast archive photography at the City Art Centre, June 15 – September 8.

Not strictly magazine-orientated but a must-see for anyone interested in pop culture: Ian Dury at the RCA, London, until September 1. UPDATE: CR reveals the mag link.

Just in time for the new season – The White Line is another new football mag.

David Hepworth as on the money as ever, this time re magazine apps.

The Onion pinpointed the death of print as having taken place last Thursday. Read their obituary.


Overmatter 04.06.13

Letter to Jane’s Tim Moore interviewed by Industry Faces, ‘We’re going to see new ideas in print and cross cultures coming together.

Port interviews Sara Cwynar about her different roles as an artist and as art director at the New York Times Magazine.

Five things to consider when creating a magazine app.’ A reminder there are many similarities between print and digital.

The Beano has a new set of brand guidelines, designed by Wayne Hemingway.


Overmatter 28.05.13

Magazines are more popular than ever amongst US college students.

The Guardian does snowfall – a great piece of experimental web editorial featuring text, moving image, audio and infographics.

A look back at when Time Inc. was the Google of its era, and how the party ground to a halt.

‘A Golden Age of Print’ is a favourite phrase of mine, repeated here in an excellent piece by Peter Houston about contemporary indies, but properly attributed to Andrew Losowsky’s introduction to the book ‘Turning Pages’.

Guardian readers recommend their favourite songs about magazines.

Take a flick through the new issue of Eye, featuring my Reputations interview with Vanity Fair design director Chris Dixon.


Overmatter 23.05.13

Stool Pigeon founder Phil Hebblethwaite has wise counsel for anyone thinking of launching a magazine, ‘Treasure your independence…

Plastik interviews Andrew about his recent book-about-books ‘Fully Booked’.

Vice have an exhibition of work by their favourite illustrators in London until June 2.

Boat magazine’s latest issue visits Kyoto. Read an interview with editor Erin Spens.

Music site Pitchfork opts for quality over quantity, trials further editorial experiments like this for Daft Punk.


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