Charlie Hebdo memorial issue

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

Overmatter: 06.01.15

NY editorial designer Josh Lieberman on Holiday magazine, for The Paris Review.…

…and we completely overlooked the same magazines’ relaunch last year. Welcome back!

And welcome too to Brighton’s new magazine shop, Magazine Brighton.

Quantity still beats quality online; a look at the shallow web empire of ‘Viral Guy’ Emerson Spartz

Inside Vice magazine – from punk magazine to media giant.

A look ahead at 2015 and the need for attention-grabbing ideas, ‘Woe betide the little piggy who has none ’.

The social media reach of US magazine brands (thanks David).

I’m helping judge this years MagPile Magazine Awards. Join in!

 

Our best of 2014 reviews

In case you missed them over the holidays, here are our six audio posts looking back at the magazine highlights of 2014 with a quick nod to 2015.

Thanks to contributors Robert Newman, Steve Watson, Steven Gregor, Kati Krause, Jean Snow and Andrew Losowsky.

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At Work With: Gail Bichler, New York Times Magazine

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The bad news? Yes, you’re back in the office, starting a new year of work. The good news? You can share the pain with us. Over the holidays we posted a series of audio reviews of 2014 magazines by various friends of magCulture and as the most frequently mentioned magazine was the New York Times Magazine, we start 2015 looking ahead at the week with its design director Gail Bichler.

Gail moved to New York from Chicago in 2004, freelancing for various studios and magazine before joining the New York Times Magazine as art director. She was appointed design director in late 2014 just as the New York Times company committed to invest in a major relaunch of the weekly magazine, and she has just added British designer Matt Willey to her design team. Read more

2014 by Andrew Losowsky

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Our sixth and final audio round-up of last year is by New York based writer, editor and magaholic Andrew Losowsky. He highlights Colors, Wired Italia and a selection of other titles before proposing deeper integration between print and digital via embedded NFC chips.

Phototograph by Pascal Ferro