Thanks everyone who made it through the rain to join a packed Book Club last night and hear from Ana Lessing and Kevin Braddock (A Magazine for all Seasons), Edward Vince (Talc) and Kai van Rabenau (mono.kultur). The theme ‘Designing Difference’ was set against concerns expressed in my recent review of Boat magazine that a familiar set of visual styles were narrowing the promise of the independent magazine industry (a clumsier version of similar thoughts can be heard on last week’s rather negative edition of Monocle24’s The Stack).
May 21, 2014
Behind the scenes of the recent Boat redesign, ‘inspired by classic literary journals.’
Issue one of Four & Sons, ‘Where dogs and culture collide’ is now available for order.
Interview with the founders of US mag Cherry Bombe, ‘It’s food, femininity, and a kind of fierceness in two simple words.’
The Guardian continue to build their future, nabbing NYTimes digital news editor Aron Pilhofer.
Offscreen editor Kai Brach, interviewed by Coolhunting, describes how paper ‘forces us to slow down, to switch off and read for pleasure”
It’s the World Cup in three weeks, get that front cover ready! Here are the first examples, via Nascapas.
‘We wrote in inverted pyramids,’ Jeff Jarvis looks back at how newspaper articles once had to fade out rather than reach a crescendo.
Some lovely original illustrations available on this online auction in support of Bob Newman.
The magCulture hour of Megazines from last month’s Pick Me Up is now available online. Hear me and Steve Watson run through an A-Z of magazine making as our guests share their favourite independent mags.
And… don’t forget next Tuesday, straight after the bank holiday, is the next Printout night, a design special.
We had a great time last night at Printout Bristol. Sadly it was almost too successful, with people being turned away at the door, but the packed room were treated to an excellent discussion about why Bristol was such a hotbed of independent publishing, as well as having the chance to buy local magazines Offlife, Cereal, Boneshaker, Digest and 8 Faces. As you can see from the pictures, we even had a huge mirror ball decorating the venue with dots of light.
For this design special, we welcome from Berlin both Kai von Ranenau, founder of mono.kultur, and Ana Lessing and Kevin Braddock of Winter. Add in locals Edward Vince from Talc and Danielle Pender of Riposte and we have speakers from four of today’s most visually unique independent magazines.
May 7, 2014
Grafik reviews Steven Heller’s 100 Classic Graphic Design Journals.
The PPA announces its 2014 Awards shortlist, including the chance to vote for your favourite front cover. Congratulations to nominees.
Meanwhile the ISTD has launched its International Typographic Awards 2014; closing date June 14.
Bob Newman’s latest Folio column takes a look at Politico’s latest front cover. ‘I like the simple, unadorned design of this cover a lot.’
Looks like Good magazine is returning to print, two years after going digital-only.
A quick review of the new Noble Rot.
Advertising Age art director Jesper Goransson talks through his latest front cover for the mag.
See you Thursday night at Printout Bristol.
April 18, 2014
Behind the scenes at Wyndeham’s printers; ‘At one point we had 350 people in this plant. Now we have 114. But the amount of work has more than doubled.’
‘Content loves print.’ Dominic Mills looks at two very different customer magazines –Net a Porter’s Porter and Sports Direct’s Forever Sports.
Amsterdam AMFI fashion course shares the six entries for its annual create-a-magazine competition.
New crowdsource site GoodFruit is raising money for US magazine Hearth.
I’m speaking in New York next month. The Blurb Indie Magazine conference features speakers from Pin-Up, Cherry Bombe, Gopher Illustrated, Lucky Peach, Refueled and Sweet Paul. 6 May, details here.
Meanwhile tickets are going fast for Printout Bristol on 8 May, featuring Another Escape, Boneshaker, Cereal and OffLife. Get in quick! And the next London date is set for May 27. News soon.
And and and… I’m be presenting a one-off show for the digital radio station at this year’s Pick Me Up show at Somerset in London. More soon.
To mark its new status as a hotbed of independent publishing, Printout is venturing beyond London EC2 to visit Bristol BS1 next Month. Join me and Steve Watson as we introduce Rosa from Cereal, Daniel from Off Life, Rachel from Another Escape and Mike from Boneshaker, find out about their magazines and ask – why Bristol?
Thursday 8 May, tickets here.
March 21, 2014
I love these front cover designs for La Tempestad.
The Washington Post launches intriguing new digital strategy.
Calibre is a new mag for affluent over-50s men. Sounds promising, looks less so.
Complete notes from QVED2014 are now on their site; my reports here soon.
Next Monday night presents a tough choice for London’s magaholics; in one part of Shoreditch, Printout presents The Power of Print, featuring a selection of magazines using their presence to change the world; meanwhile just down the road the Editorial Design Organisation springs to action under new co-chairs Sarah Douglas And Lee Belcher. Their first event of the year presents German art director Mike Meiré, in town to judge the D&AD Awards, in a rare talk about the work of his Cologne-based studio Meiré und Meiré.
A tricky choice; Mike was brilliant when I saw him speak recently at QVED2014. But I’ll be hosting Printout – so see you there!
After the success of the recent fashion special, the next Printout evening takes a turn in a different direction with a look at magazines seeking to change our view of the world. Featuring London’s slow journalism pioneers Delayed Gratification, Beirut’s The Outpost (video) and Belgium’s agitprop pamphleteers Postr (live). 6.30, March 24 at The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard St, London EC2A 4RH