Modern Magazine 2014 update

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With just over four weeks left until this year’s Modern Magazine conference we’re getting into final planning here at magCulture. Over the next couple of weeks there’ll be plenty of updates and additions to share, but today I’m excited to confirm our next speaker on the line-up.

David Moretti is the multi-award winning creative director of the Italian edition of Wired magazine. His designs for the print and iPad editions of the magazine are stunning, more than matching the US and UK editions. Despite my doubts about the future potential of the iPad, David’s digital work is one of the outstanding examples of how to develop beautiful print design and typography for the screen. He’ll be sharing work in both media, offering insight into how the print designer can adapt.

He joins a global line-up of editors and designers brought together to examine the future of magazines:

Adam Moss, editor, New York magazine.
Kai Brach, founder, Offscreen.
Veronica Ditting, art director, The Gentlewoman.
Rob Orchard, founder, Delayed Gratification.
Elana Schlenker, founder, Gratuitous Type.

Peter Houston, blogger and man behind the Magazine Diaries.
Simon Lyle, editor of Hot Rum Cow and new magazine Poppy.
Danny Miller, founder of Little White Lies, revealing his new magazine.
Pekka Toivenen, ‘art dictator’, FAT.

Watch out for further additions, and meanwhile book your tickets here.

What they said about last year’s conference:
A great addition to the conference-calendar, let’s hope it becomes an annual event…’ – Form Fifty Five

‘If the conference was organised like a magazine, its pace and structure was well maintained by its ‘editor’ magCulture’s Jeremy Leslie. A natural extension of his book of the same name, the conference platform enabled many of those featured in his round-up of this “golden age” of magazines to explain why they do what they do. And, more pertinently, how. While newspapers struggle and the climate for print publishing remains rocked by digital, it’s now clear that many magazines, large and small, are continuing to thrive.’Mark Sinclair, Creative Review, December 2013

‘The event delivered a fascinating series of insights into how some of the world’s most creatively-driven and pioneering magazine-makers are taking their craft to the next level’ – review of The Modern Magazine conference, Nick Carson, Computer Arts, December 2013

‘The recurring use of the terms “storytelling”, “conversation” and “passion project” throughout the conference underlined the continued longevity and permanence of the print medium.’ – Disegno

At Work With: Myles Estey, Makeshift

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If you listened to this weekend’s The Stack on Monocle24 you’d have heard me and Rob from Delayed Gratification highlight the new redesigned Makeshift, a quarterly magazine that specialises in uncovering stories of hidden creativity from across the world. So I’m pleased to look ahead at the new week through the eyes of the magazine’s editor in chief Myles Estey.

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Wired x Ed Snowden

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US Wired lands a cover that reminds us of the power of a strong editorially driven image. Photograph by Platon.

Read online; and editor-in-chief Scott Dadich’s notes on the experience of shooting Snowden; ‘We returned to the prop table, and Snowden picked up the flag...’

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And talking of that flag, Andrew just pointed out via twitter that it’s the very same flag as used on this 1997 cover of George magazine (above). That time it was held by Pamela Anderson.

Who will hold it next?

Overmatter: 12.08.14

New Kickstarter-backed launch HrdCvr hires Claudia de Almeida, late of US Wired, as creative director.

iPad magazine pioneer Joe Zeff closes studio to work in-house at Scrollmotion, ‘The publishing business has been an elevator that continues to move down. This is the chance to get on an elevator moving up.’

‘Bookazines’ aren’t just a horrible made-up name, they’re also threatening the magazine newsstand.

As parent companies rush to hive off their print businesses, The New York Times reports on the death of the newspaper; ‘If this is the future… what is underway may be a kind of mercy killing.

…while Michael Wolff is in more positive mood, ‘the powers that be aren’t so much taking our livelihood from us as they are giving it back.

Bob Newman recalls the early front covers of Wire.

‘Fuck the begrudgers,’ says publisher as British Vogue hits a record 462 pages for this years September issue (including a record 293 ad pages).

Confessions of a magazine editor, ‘it’s all in such dramatic flux that it’s very easy to make errors.

 

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

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‘At Work With’ returns next week.

 

Out now: We Are Dublin

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While still based in Dubai, Conor Purcell published several issues of his travel magazine We Are Here; two about Dubai and one about Kathmandu. The issues were put together using an iPhone for photography and laid out on a laptop – he really was there. They were a fascinating paradox of high-quality content and lo-fi presentation.

Conor has now moved to Dublin, where he has just launched the first of a new quarterly, We Are Dublin. It follows the same template as We Are Here but, aside from the blue-sky cover, presents a very different world. The new magazine is less about travel and more about living in a place, but it sets itself clear boundaries from the start, promising PR-generated stories. History, sociology, memoir, theatre and retail all figure. It’ll be interesting to see how it develops as Conor gets to know his new home.

At Work With: Conor Purcell, We Are Here

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Overmatter: 05.08.14

The Good Housekeeping Institute becomes an actual place.

The Gentlewoman art director (and speaker at this year’s Modern Magazine conference) Veronica Ditting shares a few words with Computer Arts, ‘as a designer it’s about the dialogue you have with your collaborators.’ And read my associated piece about type and editorial.

iPhone mag The Magazine switches to off-the-shelf platform TypeEngine.

UK GQ editor Dylan Jones muses on the state of the magazine industry, ‘there are lots of people running around like headless chickens complaining that the world is over. But there will be winners and losers.

UK Esquire art director David McCendrick signs off to launch new venture with Wallpaper*’s Lee Belcher, sharing thoughts with It’s Nice That, ‘the only rule is that if you ever meet someone famous, get a thumbs-up pic for your mum.

Inside Four & Sons, the magazine that looks at, ‘what happens when we look at all aspects of the life we live… from a ‘dog-centric’ point of view.

…and Puss Puss offers a cat-centric alternative.

Thanks Lucas for including The Modern Magazine in this round-up of design books.

 

At Work With: Marta and Marc, Perdiz

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Marta Puigdemasa and Marc Sancho live and work in Barcelona, she as an editor and he as a graphic designer. In their spare time they publish the beautifully produced magazine Perdiz, a magazine celebrating happiness. Published in a single bilingual (Spanish and English) edition, it’s one of the increasing number of independent magazines from Spain. We join them as they start planning their fifth issue, due later this year.
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August 1, 2014

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Out now: Monocle Mediterraneo #9

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It already feels like summer’s been going for ages but really it’s only just started; today is 1 August and the new Monocle Mediterraneo has arrived. The ‘superyacht-sized’ newspaper has 68 pages of high-end European holiday-inpsired goodness and this time benefits from an exclusive short story by Anne Zouroudi.

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Overmatter 31.07.14


Bonnier, who funded the development of the mag+ iPad app creation software, drops it in favour of Adobe DPS.

Bauer launches Retro, a celeb-weekly style look at the past in France.

An intern describes how to succeed working at a magazine, ‘I don’t have to be the expert; I interview the experts.

I’m looking forward to seeing the first issue of new mag Lagom, from Elliot Jay Stocks, one of the people behind 8Faces and Digest

…and whose contribution to the Magazine Diaries is now up, ‘it’s the creators of digital products such as myself who have helped reinvigorate the medium (print).

A look at the strengths and weaknesses behind of Kickstarter-funded magazines, including Intern and CherryBombe.

Science Explains The Enduring Appeal Of Bland, Symmetrical Layouts.