Cover Story: 38Hours

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We love these covers for travel magazine 38Hours, which follow a simple but effective template. Each of the A5 issues focuses on a different European city, and the editors work closely with local bloggers and journalists to ensure a personal and knowledgeable perspective. The front covers similarly convey a sense of insider-knowledge and capture the cities very accurately through typography and colour alone.

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Magazine of the week: Urban Pamphleteer

In 17th Century London, pamphleteering was rife, a way for Londoners to circulate subversive ideas through cheap printing technology. Pamphleteering took place on the street, it was radical and politically charged, a reaction to the aggressive Elizabethan exploitation of new media. Four centuries later, Urban Pamphleteer magazine is doing just the same, working in this tradition to confront contemporary urban debates and politics. Although it takes heed from a traditional format, there is nothing out-dated about the publication’s content or aesthetic.

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Out now: Double Dot #6

There are a lot of magazines at the moment that centre on cities, and it’s becoming difficult for publications of this genre to stand out and do something distinct. But  pocket-sized Double Dot manages a fresh approach to the topic. For each issue, the Toronto-based magazine selects sister cities like Los Angeles and Vancouver, or Amsterdam and Montreal, and collates content that invites us to connect the dots and consider what makes up the special relationship between the two geographical points.

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Out now: Matter #3

When so many words about current and crucial topics are constantly being delivered to our screens every second of the day, it can be hard to sift through the glut in order find good, intelligent and genuinely provocative journalism. That’s why what Matter does is so important – the editors choose a different region for each issue and commission intelligent writing on the subject so that a collection of perspectives exists all in one place – and for this issue they’ve picked the delicate and knotty matter of the Middle East.

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The New York Times Magazine, redesigned

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Sometimes a magazine story comes along that really engages magCulture readers, and news that the New York Times Magazine was relaunching under new editor Jake Silverstein, with Gail Bichler promoted to creative director and Matt Willey imported as art director certainly did that. An 119-year old magazine most would rate as one of world’s great examples of editorial design was investing in being better? This weekend US readers will see the first edition of the new magazine; meanwhile, here’s a preview courtesy of Bichler, who talks us through the pages.

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The New Yorker at 90

Every year The New Yorker marks its anniversary with a cover featuring its mascot Eustace Tilley, the monocled dandy who appeared on the very first cover back in 1925 and remains a central part of the magazine’s identity. For their 90th anniversary this week they’ve gone a step further, commissioning a set of nine covers, one for each decade to date, from regular contributors.

Cover art director Francoise Mouly discusses the project.

Artists: Christoph Niemann, Peter Mendelsund, Lorenzo Mattotti, Anita Kunz, Barry Blitt, Istvan Banyai, Roz Chast, Kadir Nelson and Carter Goodrich

Read an appreciation of the letter ‘R’ in the New Yorker logo.


Bang magazine in Eye

In the latest issue of Eye magazine, critic Rick Poynor reviews Swedish women’s magazine Bang, noting how it runs ‘Against the flow, as editorial design becomes more predictable’. This is an easy complaint to make, and one I’ve made on occasion recently, particularly about the growing clichés of the independent sector, but there’s still enough interesting work out there for me to resist his critique as a generalisation. There are plenty of interesting directions being taken, not all are the same.

That said, Bang has a particularly different-looking layout for a women’s title and it’s great to see it highlighted. If I had to link it back to anything it would be nineties creative mag Marmalade and Martin Venezky’s nineties designs for Speak magazine; all three projects share an interest in the subtle distortion of classic editorial layout, knowingly awkward rather than ‘classic with a twist’. Design by Bastion.

Pictures show pages of Eye, more after the jump.

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You Can Now front covers

The fourth issue of YCN’s You Can Now magazine is out, with another smart cover illustration by Nathalie Lees. The magazine is one of several independents covering design and creativity (think also Works That Work, Printed Pages) from new angles and this issue doesn’t disappoint. Sarah Snaith visits brand guru Michael Wolff at home, photographer Nick Ballon shares a new project based on Bolivian architecture and there’s a set of smaller columns spinning off to unexpected areas. Art director Alex Hunting is developing Matt Willey’s original design nicely, with strong typography and good commissioning.

But I keep coming back to those covers, they have a classic confidence to them, as if the mag has been around forever, and they’ve built into a really smart set. The first one was by Ed Nacionale, the others all by Lees.

See the set after the jump.

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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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