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?


Overmatter 13.11.13

The redesigned Independent astutely analysed by Andy Cowles, ‘…they just haven’t gone far enough.

US Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles talks digital, ‘It’s all changing, all the time, and it’s incredibly exciting.’

Photographer Nick Knight discusses the rise of the iPhone and Instagram.

Preston is My Paris have a sleek new website featuring all their publications.

Magazines come is many guises. Graphic design journal Neue Grafik (originally 1958–1965) is republished in full by Lars Muller…

…while Fortean Times celebrate their 40th year with this front cover archive for The Guardian.

No joke – The Onion gives up their print edition.


Overmatter 01.11.13

The Gentlewoman’s Penny Martin will be discussing her favourite books at YCN, London, November 20.

In the South West this weekend? Publish and Be Damned hits Plymouth, UK, this Sunday, November 3.

Back to the future at the top of Time Inc.

Hearst Marketing and Publishing Director Michael Clinton declares ‘print is thriving.’

Interview with Philip Diprose, editor of The Ride Journal.

British GQ celebrates 25 years with a doorstop of an issue; editor Dylan Jones selects his favourite 25 covers.

Russell Brand edits an issue of the New Statesman.

An archive of George Giusti’s front covers for Holiday – beautiful.


Overmatter 24.10.13

Kai from Offscreen discusses his magazine’s ad strategy.

AdAge announces this year’s magazine A List and presents a quick visual analysis of the past decade of the list.

On the day that new mag Intern launches, Condé Nast US respond to legal action by ex-interns by ending internships.

An audio history of Cardiff music mags (thanks Marc).

Attendees of last year’s Making Magazine 2012 event that Simon Esterson and I held at St Bride should be receiving the long-promised magazine record of the day shortly. We’ll have a few spare copies for sale in the magCulture online shop too, watch out for an announcement early next week.

What Andrew Losowsky is doing next.