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.



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.