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.

 

#FontSunday


After a hectic week of the AGI Open conference it was a pleasure to sit down and tweet images of magazine typography for the Design Museum yesterday. Here are a few of my posts, along with a selection of others contributed over the afternoon. Thanks to Michael at the Museum for inviting me, and to everyone who took part.

Click on images for larger versions, and see the full set on twitter – search #FontSunday (above image from The Face, Neville Brody, 1983).

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The Modern Magazine conference

Just under three weeks to go and tickets are selling fast for our Modern Magazine conference. Latest news is the addition to the line-up of designer/typographer Paul Barnes of Commercial Type, who’ll be discussing recent collaborations with Wallpaper* and Vanity Fair.

See full information about the day; buy your tickets from our online shop.

Read a brief interview with me about the Modern Magazine conference and book on the YCN site.

 

The Guardian launches The Fashion

Here’s a promo for The Fashion, the new magazine coming this Saturday from The Guardian and Observer newspapers. It feature a new font, Guardian Fashion, based on an ultra tight condensed version of the house font Guardian Weekend.

Creative directors Alex Breuer & Caz Roberts, typography Chris Clarke, animation Alex Purcell.

 

The New Yorker gets a refresh


The annoying autoplay function means I’ve had to take down this video – link to it here.

Yikes! It’s the magazine they said couldn’t be redesigned, but the rumours were true. Here’s New Yorker creative director Wyatt Mitchell talking readers through the first parts of his 13-strong (!?!) team’s revamp of the title, to be revealed in this week’s edition.

From the video, it looks like they’ve gone about the project with the utmost respect for the history of the magazine. First up is a redesign of the listings section, with a redrawn version of their famous Irvin typeface (as featured throughout the vid) and additional illustration and photography.

So far, so good, but apparently these changes are just the beginning. Watch this space.

 

Wallpaper* redesigned


Wallpaper*
reveals a new look this week with their September issue. Led by creative director Sarah Douglas and art director Lee Belcher, the typography has been completely overhauled. The previously Swiss/brutalist headline face Graphik has been replaced by a more decorative set developed by long-time collaborators Paul Barnes and Christian Schwartz of Commercial Type, softening the overall look of the pages.

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