The Magazine Diaries

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‘What’s it like to be a magazine professional in the middle of the biggest disruption in publishing history?’

Commentator Peter Houston (if you’re not keeping an eye on his blog you should be) is inviting everyone involved in making magazines to write 100 words on how they feel about magazines today. The aim is to compile the best answers into a publication in time for this year’s MagFest (September 5).

He wants to hear from you – the more entries the better (and all profits go to MagAid).

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Video interview with Adam Moss, New York

New York editor Adam Moss talks about his ten years at the magazine, and concludes ‘It used to be a static formulaic thing, journalism, and now it’s just wild west here. I find that exhilarating.’

Apologies for the ad run-in, worth waiting!

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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.

 

Overmatter: 16.05.14


Collector’s Edition covers innovative graphics across many fields including editorial design. Book on the way plus blog.

The French Magazine Awards: Closer wins best coup for their story about the President, and Stylist wins Print Innovation.

Fascinating piece on The Atlantic site asks ‘What is a Book?’ and looks at how reading and use affects the physical item.

While the firing of NY Times executive editor Jill Abramson continues to attract headlines, figures show their new focus on paid content doesn’t bother readers.

Sadly, Core77’s daily magazine C77 Design Daily for New York Design Week didn’t get funded.

I’m on Monocle24’s The Stack tomorrow talking about some old favourites and an exciting new title, alongside a report from Printout Bristol – Update: hear the show here.

 

Overmatter: 07.05.14


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.

 

Overmatter 05.05.14


Wonderful to see editorial designer Matt Willey noted as Designer of the Year by Creative Review.

Wired asks ‘Why the smart reading device of the future may be… paper.’ (thanks Andy)

The Friends of Bob Newman are holding an online auction of illustration work to raise money, plus a party in NY, May 29.

It’s always good to see magazines from outside the familiar markets we cover. Check out Hong Kong kids mags Adventure Box

…and La Cuche, a zine from Lima, Peru.

A round-up of the ASME Awards (they took place the evening before the SPD Awards already reported here). Big winners: Fast Company and New York, again.

Great overview of Tina Brown’s career in New York, focusing on the heady days of the Daily Beast and Newsweek,Brown was on a plane when Diller announced Newsweek would stop printing. She got the news on her seat-back TV.’

It’s a public holiday in the UK today so we’ll be back At Work With… tomorrow.

 

Overmatter: 23.04.14


Richard Turley announces his departure from Bloomberg Businessweek for MTV, following Arem Duplessis (NYT–Apple) as the latest in a stream of high-profile moves out of magazine publishing. A sign of strength or weakness of this industry?

Crust is a new food mag from Singapore, currently in development.

Charles Williams‘ type illustrations have appeared on/in a good few magazines.

Library Journal notes that ‘magazines are recovering,’ with an eclectic list of examples…

…and in India Kyoorius publish their own selection of best mags.

David Hepworth makes a good point about the thrill of delivery, but the quality of content being delivered remains important too. Even as we’re overwelmed by so much stuff, the really great stuff can still change your life.

Issue three of Hole & Corner is taking shape, and you can see the process happen over the next few weeks at 213 Piccadilly, London.

 

Overmatter 18.04.14


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.

 

Overmatter: 10.04.14


The Guardian review ten independent travel magazines, the NYTimes ten independent fashion magazines.

Fomo is an algorithmic journalism machine producing a magazine from events at Milan design week.

Longtime Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter added to editors hall of fame.

David Hepworth’s eight iron laws of modern media.

Illustrators! The next Quickdraw take place in London, April 24.

MagPile has a useful list of current magazine Kickstarter campaigns.

 

Overmatter: 01.04.14


I love a magazine that challenges what a magazine is; Steve reviews new launch Emperor on the Stack blog.

Although well-executed, it doesn’t live up to the hype of being a game changer’ – The Saturday Paper launches.

‘What comes first, the brand or the content?’ asks Andy Cowles.

Keep up to date with The New Yorker covers.

Making or letting people pay; a reflection on micropayments for content.

Mother Jones looks behind the new publisher of Newsweek.

US magazine launch numbers ‘surprise’.

The Cleaver promises a new take on Chinese food, Kickstarting from Friday 4 April.

Editorial designer James Hunter has launched Startamag, a blog providing help for new magazines.