The December issue of US Wired has been guest-edited by ‘Interstellar’ director Christopher Nolan. The entire issue is given a complete editorial and design overhaul, with the creative team, led by editor-in-chief Scott Dadich, director of editorial projects Robb Capps and creative director Billy Sorrentino working for three months with Nolan and his producer/wife Emma Nolan. The collaboration follows previous guest editors JJ Abrams and Bill Gates.
The tablet edition is out today, the print version next week.
Pineapple is a new magazine published quarterly by Airbnb and distributed to 18,000 of its hosts. Named after the New England symbol of hospitality (sailors returning from the Caribbean would use the fruit to announce their return and the availability of spices and fruits), the company is the latest of many web-based businesses using print to add a physical element to their brand.
UPDATE: Pineapple will also be on sale at selected shops next month.
We start the new week in Paris with British writer/editor Seb Emina, who was recently named one of ‘the 100 most influential and innovative people working across arts, culture and the creative industries in the UK,’ by the Hospital Club. This week he’s visiting London for the launch of his new project, The Happy Reader, a beautiful new magazine about reading published as a collaboration between Penguin books and Fantastic Man. Each issue focuses on a classic piece of literature.
The SPD is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a pumped up awards programme…
…and next Wednesday they host a talk in NY by David Moretti. A must-see for his work in print and iPad.
A NY convenience store owner discusses declining newspaper sales (thanks Andrew).
For some reason this piece I wrote for Computer Arts has just bubbled up again on Twitter, so I share it again here, Typography and Editorial Design.
Our upcoming Printout Magazines of the Year night is shaping up nicely. London, 25 November.
Finally, I hope to see you in Madrid today at SNDe’s NH11 conference.
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.
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.
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.