At Work With: Karim Meggaro, Unmapped

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Work has taken Karim Meggaro around the world – he has contributed to publishing projects in Argentina, Mexico, Russia and India and conceived his digital travel magazine Unmapped in a pub in Copenhagen. He now runs it from Madrid, where we join him following the recent publication of the first print edition of Unmapped.

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Overmatter: 15.01.15

After eight years at the NYTimes, Amy O’Leary is leaving ‘it became clear to me that the future of journalism was not, in fact, audio slideshows.’ Great read…

…and Mario Garcia compares the Sunday NYTimes in print and on iPad. Guess which wins?

Pulp magazines from around the world (thanks Bob).

Hearst let a drone loose in their NY HQ; meanwhile Scott Dadich prepares staff to move into the new super-office he’s designed for Wired in SF, ‘I love your custom-made/vintage/neon sign/one-of-a-kind lighting appliance. But it’s not right for the design of this new space.

It’s Nice That on the redesign of Kinfolk.

Check the new Lucky Peach site.

Apparently recent VAT changes mean app store auto-renewals are failing.

Foyles in London are quietly organising some great events; next week there’s Laydeez do Comics.

QVED2015 have launched a Tumblr featuring work by speakers scheduled for the 26-28 February event. Earlybird tickets on sale until 20 Jan.

And don’t forget the next Printout takes place Tuesday 27 January.



Out now: Pickles #10

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The new issue of football tabloid Pickles celebrates Diego Maradona with a series of four covers based on his team colours. Also in the issue: a look back at Channel 4’s Football Italia coverage, a fat fotballers’ eleven and the magazine’s first fashion story, shot by Matt Brooke.


SPD guest posts

I’m guest editing the SPD Blog this week. Here’s an excerpt from my introduction:

‘To provide some structure to the week I’ll be asking “Where do magazines come from?” This question arises because few if any of the big publishers are launching new magazines at present, yet we receive several new magazines each week at magCulture.  I’ve identified five common sources for these new publications and will share one of these each day. There’ll be plenty of images, some succinct text and plenty of links for you to discover more. I hope you’ll see some things you’ve not seen before and that you’ll end the week as excited and intrigued by the magazines as I am.’

Monday 12 January: The maturing independents
Leading with The Gourmand and including Printed Pages and Wrap.

Tuesday 13 January: Digital discovers print
Leading with The Pitchfork Review and including The Recorder and Pineapple.

Wednesday 14 January: Client magazines
Leading with The Happy Reader, following up with Timberland and Pulp.

Thursday 15 January: Kickstarter campaigns
Leading with ourn own Fiera, and mentioning Print Isn’t Dead and HrdCvr.

Link to the full set of posts.


Charlie Hebdo memorial issue

The cover of the memorial issue of Charlie Hebdo, published tomorrow, shows the publishers refusing to blink in the aftermath of last weeks terrorist attack. A perfect riposte, both marking and mocking the public outcry at events.


Overmatter: 12.01.15

What if Charlie Hebdo had been published from the UK? ‘A roving Guardian reporter devotes himself to exposing the private foul views held by Charlie Hebdo journalists…’ (thanks Warren).

Eye archive: a piece about tattoo mag Sang Bleu, ‘‘We use tattooing and other underground cultures to talk about other things.’

One last look back at 2014, from Mr Magazine, ‘I still manage to spend close to $28,000 a year buying magazines.’

Why aren’t newspapers cutting the numbers of days they print each week?

Our fave kids mag Anorak has launched a fine iPad app.

BBC Radio4’s ‘Women’s Hour’ hosted a brief discussion about women’s magazines last week, feat. Elle, You, Libertine.

CSM exhibition of editorial design work marks the arrival of Cath Caldwell’s book, ‘Editorial Design.’

Take a look through Apartamento founder Omar Sosa’s bookshelves, courtesy of It’s Nice That.

The next Printout evening takes place on Tuesday 27 January; we’ll be hearing about relaunches. Guests: Boat magazine, Makeshift and Gym Class Magazine. Tickets here.

And Steve takes Stack Live on tour to Amsterdam on 29 January, where he’ll be interviewing Peter Bi’lak of Works That Work.

This week I’m guest blogging for the SPD blog, posting daily on the subject ‘Where do magazines come from today?


At Work With: Nick Watts, Future Perfect

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Australian magazine Future Perfect was launched last year to satisfy the founders’ belief there was an uaidence for serious, longform writing in print. The second issue has just been published, featuring  stories ranging from an overview of ISIS to a history of Beats headphones via excerpts from articles that first appeared in, among others, the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Monthly and Slate. It’s an eclectic magazine, one of a number of new launches focusing on serious subjects. We look at the week ahead with Nick Watts, founding editor and creative director.

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New Yorker cover

Artist Ana Juan has created over 20 covers for The New Yorker. I doubt many will be recalled as strongly as this one.


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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Charlie Hebdo

It’s rare that magazines make the news for such a horrific reason as today’s gun attack on the offices of Paris’s Charlie Hebdo magazine. Not sure I have anything to add to the many comments already out there, but this front cover from a few years back shows the editors had many different targets for their satire.