Overmatter 10.12.14

Don’t write off paper, ‘Mankind’s original browser.

Andy Cowles highlights The New Yorker’s attention to detail.

Spread some Christmas joy via the Little Magazine Gift Guide, with discounts on indie mags.

The ups and downs of US magazine readership.

Editorial designer Scot Stowell is Kickstarting a new book about the work of his NY studio Open. Help him!

Arjo-Wiggins have launched a paper with electrical properties. Powercoat provides interactive possibilities in a 100% recyclable paper.


Kaleidoscope redesign

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Bureau Mirko Borsche has redesigned art magazine Kaleidoscope, introducing typically in-yer-face typography.

More images after the jump.


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Overmatter: 07.10.14

Lovely to see ‘Pamphlet of typographic smut’ Gratuitous Type brought to life at KK Outlet, London. Exhibition continues until the end of October.

Little White Lies creative director Timba Smits discusses the magazine with three illustrators next week at Foyles bookshop, to mark the new collection of film reviews from the magazine, ‘What I Love About Movies’. London, 14 October (next Tuesday).

SPD Blog highlights the beautiful editorial typography of Otto Storch.

Monocle’s david Plaisant bemoans the closure of the magazine’s local newsagent, ‘The passing of Green’s has resulted in something of a campaign…That campaign continues on the last two editions of The Stack (nos 109 & 110) with lengthy discussion of magazine retail. Recommended.

New biannual travel magazine Diaries Of is raising money via Ulele.

Condé Nast UK profits fall as they spend on ecommerce and technology.

Eye reviews The Modern Magazine 2014, ‘an enthusiastic celebration of the power of editorial design.

September 29, 2014

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Harper’s Bazaar Art

The November issue of British Harper’s Bazaar comes with the magazine’s second Art supplement, building on its long-term relationship with contemporary artists that stretches back to modernist icons such as Dali, Cocteau and Warhol.

The supplement is published with six alternative covers featuring work by artists including Takashi Murakami, Howard Hodgkin and Wolfgang Tillmans. I love the logos developed for each cover, based on early Harper’s front covers from the magazine’s archive. More after the jump.

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Red September

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Two mainstream favourites sport strong, red typographically-led covers this coming month.

Subscribers to UK Harper’s Bazaar will receive this smart alternative cover featuring Rosie Huntington-Whiteley shot by David Slijper, inspired by Harper’s of old and art directed by Marissa Bourke (image via GymClass).

Meanwhile in New York, Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed shoot by Mario Testino is headlined with bespoke type by Alex Trochut. Art direction Chris Dixon.

Read At Work With: Chris Dixon


‘At Work With’ returns next week.


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: 11.03.14

Interview with Cristian Lupsa of excellent Romanian mag Decat Revista;What matters to us is they are feel real stories, more than feel good stories.’ (thanks Andrew).

Is the London Review of Books the best mag in the world? No, but a good piece worth a read.

This week at London College of Communication – Publishing Innovation, a day of talks featuring Alec Dudson from Intern among others.

Haymarket CD Paul Harpin has launched Buy Fonts, Save Lifes – simple idea, well worth supporting.

You have six days left to support for Winter magazine on Indiegogo. Do it!

Steve Watson’s doing another Guardian masterclass, with me and others contributing.

I was on Monocle24’s The Stack last weekend. Hear it here.

Don’t forgot Facing Pages is coming up – two days of magazines and talks, 28/29 March in Arnhem, Netherlands. If you can’t get there, how about Printout, 24 March?

Newsweek returns.


Out now: Love magazine

Love magazine has become very playful with its logo in recent issues, and I particularly like this latest set of five covers using dribbling paint (though curiously they’ve used the same dribbles on each cover). Cute website too.


Out now: Bloomberg Businessweek

A great cover about E-cigarettes, channeling the clichés of tobacco advertising: typography, imagery, text. Fascinating to see something so powerful created using such a long-defunct form / click for larger version.


Out now: Hot Rum Cow #4

Further adventures in the world of drinking! Magazines and alcohol are a heady mix, never more so than with Edinburgh’s Hot Rum Cow. Issue four is out next week, featuring this handwritten typographic cover by Adrian Morris. The red is flourescent – nice! – and the lead drink this issue is a seasonal look at sherry.

Get your round in.