ModMag14: Veronica Ditting, The Gentlewoman

Our fifth film from The Modern magazine 2014 features art director Veronica Ditting, who discusses her work for The Gentlewoman, the way each issue of the magazine evolves, and how working in a small team allows collaboration and dialogue.

Overmatter: 11.11.14

An update on recent Bloomberg Businessweek front cover designs.

Borrowing from the open source ethos long beloved in engineering circles,The Guardian has just relaunched its website.

Thanks It’s Nice That for sharing these lovely covers from Beat magazine.

Offscreen trialled a choose-your-own-price for back issues. What happened?

Steve Watson from Stack selects 15 indie mags you need to read…

…and Luis Venegas from Spanish mag 137 selects his favourite mags in a special edition. Watch the video.

Read a brief history of Dr Mehemed Fehmy Agha, the original Condé Nast art director (thanks Violetta).

Out now: the third issue of Riposte.


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Out now: Acid #3

More every day surfing via the wonderful Acid. Design by Jad Hussein.


At Work With: Cath Caldwell, CSM

There’s a great new book about editorial design out this week, by designer/educator Cath Caldwell.
Cath developed her passion for editorial design working in New York, where she worked for Condé Nast. She has also art directed the British edition of Elle and is a founding member of the Editorial Design Organisation. Today she is senior lecturer on the Graphic Communication Design courses at London’s Central Saint Martins, encouraging students to follow editorial design. We look ahead at her week as the book ‘Editorial Design: Print and Digital’ is published.

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QVED2015 Munich – dates announced

February 2015 may seem a long way away but it’s going to be here quicker than you think! So get planning now for a trip to Munich for QVED2015. I’m co-hosting again alongside Boris Kochan, Horst Moser and Mike Koedinger and we’re busy putting together another great line-up of editorial speakers. Already confirmed: Steven Heller and Roger Black.

More names will be confirmed over next few months, but early bird tickets are already available online.


Overmatter: 06.11.14

I thought it sounded like an Onion parody.’ – The New Yorker looks at the success of Modern Farmer.

Talking of which, make space on your shelf for ‘The Iconic Covers That Transformed an Undeserving World.’ – the best Onion front cover spoofs.

What Danny, Paul and Rob did next… Weapons of Reason is at print, landing next week.

The problem with intrusive digital advertising, ‘We’re enabling a riotous media circus that treats all content as equal.’

Don’t forget the first Stack evening, next Monday, 10 November, featuring Hello Mr, Gym Class Magazine and Root + Bone.

In New York? If you’re really quick you can catch Ruth Ansell this evening (6 November) at BGC Gallery. And don’t miss Chris Dixon and Christian Schwartz discussing the redesign of Vanity Fair, 11 November.

Indie mag subscription service to launch in India – welcome Paper Planes; more here.

Way back I helped launch Bare magazine; original art director Kirsten Willey is planning to bring it back – support her!


ModMag14: Adam Moss, New York magazine

Our fourth film interview from The Modern Magazine 2014 features Adam Moss, editor-in-chief of New York magazine. Adam gave an excellent overview of his magazine and its digital growth at the conference, positioning the print magazine at the heart of the project while developing an international presence via a series of websites. Here he discusses that digital ambition and how a common tone of voice is used across print and digital.

The Modern Magazine 2014


Out now: Art Review Power 100 issue

Each year Art Review publishes its Power 100 list of the great and powerful in the art world. To go with the list, the magazine always commissions a piece of art for the front cover. This year they invited US-based artist Paul Chan to create an image; yet the front cover appearing now on newsstands is blank.

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Overmatter: 04.11.14

The New Yorker interviews editor of Modern Farmer, “ ‘Magazine’ is a word I learned very early on not to use.

Works That Work maintains its admirable openness about the publishing process, sharing the results of their recent reader survey.

Enter the Stack Christmas cover challenge and win £150.

Private Eye Live, London, 15 December.

A brief history of the hamburger icon.

Goodfruit are holding a magazine night featuring Intern, Another Escape, Oh Comely and Ernest Journal. London, 26 November.

It’s Nice That open the uni sketchbooks of Bloomberg Businessweek’s Tracy Ma.

Tech website CNET to launch a print magazine.

Digital Magazine Awards finalists confirmed, winners to be announced 25 November.

London’s Kemistry Gallery are raising money to survive. Please help their Kickstarter.

MagPile have a small newsstand in Helsinki at Freese coffee.


At Work With: Amelia Gregory, Amelia’s Magazine

Amelia Gregory at work 2014-magculture
Amelia Gregory is a photographer who launched her own magazine, Amelia’s Magazine, in 2004 and produced ten issues until the final print edition in 2009. Since then she’s continued to publish writing, photography and illustration on the Amelia’s website alongside the occasional book. We look ahead at her week as she launches her first Kickstarter campaign, aimed at raising funds for a book based on an open brief to artists and writers (details below). The book will mark the tenth anniversary of Amelia’s and if the campaign goes well it may be followed by a new print edition of the magazine.

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