Here comes the World Cup

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Forget the Panini stickers and wallcharts, it’s the magazines about the World Cup that will be exercising us over the next few weeks. Where better to start than this set from last week’s New York Times Magazine, featuring three of the potential tournament stars shot by Dylan Coulter. They look great as a set typographically, but what I really like is the way the portraits reflect the subjects’ characters.

Messi looks slightly anxious (apparently he is regularly sick in the run up to matches); Neymar loves to showboat; and Ronaldo is just… cocky.

Read more about the shoot; and click the images for larger versions.

 

Out now: Kenzine

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Kenzine is a limited edition magazine created by the same creative team – Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari – as Toilet Paper, a recent Magazine of the Week here. Published to promote Kenzo’s Autumn/Winter 2013 collections, the images have also been used in advertising and online.

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Boston wins ASME cover of the year


Almost exactly a year after publication, this cover of Boston magazine has just won Cover of the Year at the ASME awards in the US. Congratulations to art director Brian Struble and photographer Mitch Feinberg (see the shortlist for the competition).

See the full list of ASME winners here.

 

At Work With: Lula and Thorbjorn, Herself

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We start the week in the company of Lula and Thorbjørn Ankerstjerne, co-founders of Herself magazine. One of the most curious titles to cross the magCulture desk for some time, Herself is an illustrated feast of fashion that is the very definition of how a magazine can create its own, unique view of the world. They launched the magazine in 2011, and we join them as they start work on their seventh issue.

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At Work With Florian Bachleda, Fast Company

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We start the new week with Florian Bachleda, Creative Director of Fast Company Media. Florian is one of the leading figures in US editorial design, having worked for titles including Vibe, Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly and Latina. He has been president of the Society of Publication Designers (SPD) and was on its board for five years. We look ahead at his week as he and his team complete design evolutions for the June issue of the magazine.

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Magazine of the week: Toilet Paper

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Following on from the previous post about kids mags, here’s a magazine for grown-up kids. And the two posts back-to-back explain one of the many great things about magazines: they are so varied. Toilet Paper is published from Italy by art provocateur Maurizio Cattelan and photographer Pierpaulo Ferrari, and consists of a series of heavily edited full-bleed images that subvert the history of consumer culture via contemporary ad retouching techniques. Sex, money, food and advertising, all gone weird in garish colour. Wonderful but disturbing!

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Out now: AdWeek, red-on-red

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This week US ad industry magazine AdWeek carries a powerful red-on-red cover shot of Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles by Marc Baptiste. More here.

 

Out now: Fantastic Man #19

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The nineteenth issue of Fantastic Man is here, sporting Mr. Boris Becker shot by Juergen Teller in front of a statue of Fred Perry at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Note the ancient-looking wooden racket.

Coming soon – The Gentlewoman #9


A big thank you to The Gentlewoman team for sharing an advance image of their next front cover. I love this beautiful portrait of Vivienne Westwood by Alasdair McLellan. This, their ninth issue, is out next week.

 

Overmatter: 11.02.13

This year’s Design Museum ‘Designs of the Year’ longlist includes several magazines – congratulations The Gourmand, A Magazine and Works That Work. Plus a special mention to Chris Ware’s ‘Building Stories’ DIY book.

NSA scourge Glenn Greenwald’s new online publishing project The Intercept launches, Gigaom gets confused about whether it’s a magazine or not.

Adam Curtis interviewed; ‘We don’t read newspapers because the journalism’s boring.’

Seen the branded delivery vans driving round town? Net-a-Porter have just made ‘the biggest launch of a British fashion magazine for years’.

Kate Moss’s first photography shoot (behind the camera) for British Vogue.

The New York Times now has 760,000 paying digital customers, the resulting income offsetting print drop.

Nascapas presents a selection of recent inflight magazine covers – TAP Portugal’s Up is always worth a look.

Super Salon is a Polish online magazine shop.