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.

 

Overmatter 14.03.14


Interview with Libertine editor Debbie Evans as issue four lands, ‘Early feedback has been that readers want more digital content, and more from the network and community, particularly around events.’

Another magazine using Kickstarter; Print Isn’t Dead is an awful title with the right idea.

Katie at Confessions of a Design Geek interviews Steve about Stack; meanwhile Steve interviews Penny Martin in a companion piece to this week’s At Work With.

US Marie Claire launches Branché, a pop up magazine for young, hip New York women, complete with acute accent.

‘What you think you know about about (how we read) the web is wrong.’

The Vogue Festival takes place at London’s South Bank Centre, March 28/29.

Pog Mo Goal is another new football magazine, this time from Ireland.

Washington magazine store closes.

Laurence King, publishers of The Modern Magazine, have started a Pinterest board of magazine covers.

CR Blog looks inside the latest Little Whites Lies; back to its’s visual best.

 

Overmatter: 18.02.14

List alert! Oitzarisme notes a very tasteful ‘Fifty magazines to buy before you die’

…and Coverjunkie selects the covers he hopes to see at the upcoming D&AD judging.

The British edition of Reader’s Digest is bought for less than a single issue of the mag by 71 year-old TV entrepeneur.

Bob Newman’s latest column for Folio takes a critical look at US launch Dr Oz Good Life, The logo is baffling to me, and is definitely the biggest problem on the cover.

Aussie design magazine Open Manifesto looks interesting in this piece by Kyoorius.

Issue one of Intern is now available for the iPad.

As British ABC starts to include digital sales in circulation figures, print still dominates digital. The exception? Tech mags.

New launch Alphabet promises a new take on family life. Support them on Kickstarter. Meanwhile Quarterly have bettered their Kickstarter target but are still taking pledges.

And don’t forget next week sees QVED2014 take place in Munich, featuring Alex Breuer (The Guardian), David Moretti (Italian Wired), Mike Meiré (032c et al) and many more. I’ll be speaking too. See you there?

 

February 16, 2014

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A nice piece about independent magazines by John O’Reilly in today’s Observer, features Riposte, Works That Work, Green Soccer Journal, Article, The Gourmand and others alongside passing references to magCulture and Stack. Read it here.

 

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