Overmatter 05.02.14


Occasional commenter-of-this-parish Lee Caulfield has a fine-looking second printed volume of blog highlights available now.

Every page of every issue of International Times, now available online (thanks Adrian).

Time Inc re-organises, lays off staff as it readies to go public.

A little tangential, but a fascinating piece from Rick Poynor, a) because of the artist subject and b) the questions he asks about the definitive version of an artwork.

The beauty vs friction design argument applied to web design; ‘what if I don’t want my reading experience to be this beautiful?’ asks Oliver Burkeman.

Later this year, Dave McKean is curating a major show of comics from the British Museum archive (May).

Follow the upcoming QVED2014 event on twitter: @qved

 

Overmatter 04.02.14


Congratulations to The Gentlewoman, Works That Work and Bloomberg Businessweek, winners of this year’s MagPile Awards. Together, an excellent introduction to modern magazines.

Riposte art director Shaz Madani interviewed by Form Fifty Five (and hear her talk later this month alongside editor Danielle Pender at QVED2014).

A list of ten food magazines, some newer than others.

Michael Wolff dismisses journalist’s attempts to reinvent news, ‘We don’t need journalists solving the problem of news. We need people with far more cunning and inventive commercial minds.’

The Newspaper Club are exhibiting some of the publications they’ve printed, at their Glasgow office until end of February.

Liked Christoph Niemann’s recent US Wired cover art? Buy the poster here.

Happy birthday to smart architecture magazine Mas Context as they celebrate their fifth anniversary.

Tim Holmes addresses teaching students about launching a magazine, ‘trying to get 6,000 copies of a title in front of committed enthusiasts is a different job to contracting Frontline to get 60,000 into W H Smith and the supermarkets.’

Bob Newman has started writing a regular column for Folio; the first one, about Arizona Highways Magazine, is online now.

California Sunday looks an interesting project, a new magazine from the people behind Pop Up Magazine.

 

Overmatter 29.01.14


‘Oops’ doesn’t quite cover it… Bath News forced to apologise after celebrating local half marathon with a copy of Boston’s bombing memorial cover.

BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour hosts women’s mag editors Lisa Smosarski (Stylist), Tricia Halpin (Marie Claire) and Lebby Eyres (New) in discussion about Lena Dunham and retouching (see pix here).

Matador magazine reaches the letter O.

Australian digital publication The Saturday Paper launches.

The latest Athenaeum interviewBoneshaker editor Mike White.

And don’t forget – magazine events coming up soon: I’m co-curating QVED2014 (Munich, February 28–March 02), and helping Steve Watson with his Guardian Masterclass on indie mag publishing. And later in the spring there’s Facing Pages (Arnhem March 28–29).

 

Overmatter 26.01.14


Illustrator Quentin Blake will be talking about his work at the South Bank Centre, London, February 4.

Bloomberg Businessweek hold their second Design Conference in San Francisco, March 10. Speakers include Neville Brody, Ben Terrett (gov.uk) and BBW editor Josh Tyrangiel and creative director Richard Turley.

A quick look at the debut issue of Carlos, from Spring 2003.

German blog Freund von Freunden launch Companion, a new magazine for 25h Hotel Bikini Berlin.

Following my look at The Pitchfork Review last week, The Observer reviews a selection of free music titles.

Sadly, Flamingo will no longer be published but they still have copies available online.

At Work With returns next week.

 

Overmatter 08.01.14


In London? tickets are still available for The Story. Always a great source of inspiration, this year’s day of talks features The Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger on the changing face of newspapers.

Coming up soon in Munich: QVED2014, a conference about editorial design I’m co-curating. Speakers include Mike Meiré (Brand Eins, 032c), Alex Breuer (The Guardian), David Moretti (Wired Italia), Pekka Toivonen (FAT), Patrick Waterhouse (Colors) and many more to come. Book now.

One of the themes identified for QVED is the new erotic magazine. Jacques co-founder Jonathan Leder has just produced his own, Fetishisms (NSFW) (corrected 11/01).

Made By Heart is a digital zine with some really nice overlay touches, built from scratch in frustration at PDF magazines.

The New York Times redesigns its website and provides a visual history of the site, a fascinating record of digital design.

Daniel spent Christmas collecting loads and loads and loads and loads of front covers.

 

Overmatter 03 01 14


A quick catch up on news before we kick off the new year on Monday.

Among the many Best Of lists at the end of 2013, this one stood out for its generosity: Bloomberg Businessweeks’s jealousy list.

What Best Of lists, you say? Check Styleite’s mags of the year; Folio’s look at the US mainstream; It’s Nice That’s best publications; Stack’s indie mag of the year vote (disrupted by one mag’s campaign); Creative Bloq’s leftfield selection; Coverjunkie’s poll-winner. And in case you missed it, Andrew’s list for us.

Interview with Hello Mr founder, Ryan Fitzgibbon, ‘My confidence in the publishing industry lies with the newer titles that have accomplished a lot with very little.

Condé Nast chairman Si Newhouse apparently quietly retired Christmas 2012.

Time Out axes gay section, symbol of the magazine’s alternative origins.

Mzin appears to be a rather fine German online magazine shop (thanks Michael).

 

Overmatter 17.12.13


How paywalls are paying off for publishers, according to Bloomberg Businessweek…

…and The Information is a new subs-based technology website testing exactly that…

…while Apple Newsstand is proving an obstacle to iPad magazine success – ‘The tablet magazine ship is sinking. fast.’

Must-read: Works That Work shares detailed financial statistics from its first year of publishing.

Steve at Stack Magazines has launched a shiny new website for the service.

 

Overmatter 13.12.13

The Magazine Cover Archive is BACK. Woot!

Uber Zeitung has BIG pages.

Monocle RAIDED!

Visionaire hits MOSCOW!

‘Leave your sad trombones at home.’ New York magazine moves boldly FORWARD.

Upcoming editorial design event alert – QVED2014, Munich, end of February. HUGE line-up in the works.

A great-looking LIST, watch out for no46.

And a very, VERY miserable Christmas from That’s Life.

 

Linefeed MagHaul

A big welcome back to Melbourne’s Linefeed magazine review vid, this time featuring Gratuitous Type, Art Review, Curious Iconic Craft, The Modern Magazine plus many other mag-related items – 30 minutes of pure magazine goodness, set to Michael’s dulcet tones.

Set some time aside and enjoy. And look out for the magnificent Cat People.

 

Overmatter 22.11.13

I started working on the idea and a dummy while commuting from Dorset to London – it’s my most productive time.’ An interview with Hole & Corner founder/editor Sam Walton. Sam is one of the speakers at next Tuesday’s Printout. The magazine also has its own bunch of festive events coming up soon.

Must-read: Kai from Offscreen shares his magazine’s financial details.

How magazines helped shape society’ – The Guardian run through ten of the PPA’s 100 important magazine moments.

An interview with Konstantin Kotov who runs independent magazine library/online shop Lebigmag in St Petersburg.

On Lab have a winter school about editorial design at the end of February in Berlin, deadline December 2. Highly recommended by a friend that did a previous school.

Pub magazine Doghouse are raising money via Kickstarter for their next edition, deadline Dec 11.

Music website Pitchfork reveal designs for new print magazine The Pitchfork Review.

Rupert Murdoch’s son James to join the board at Vice Media?

An interview with me for Freund von Freunden, includes my five favourite mags selected from the shelves at Do You Read Me?