At Work With: Daniel Humphry, Off Life

Off Life
is a street press comic distributed free in Bristol and London. Initially funded by Kickstarter, editor Daniel Humphry and art director Steve Leard run live drawing events to support the publication. Last month they launched Yellow, an online project recording weekly news – a different artist will respond to a news story each week. We look ahead at Daniel’s week as the third of this ambitious series – by Takayo Akiyama – is published.

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Magazine of the week: Benji Knewman

At the beginning of 2014 I promised to keep a tally of all new independent magazine launches, but it’s proved impossible to keep up with the numbers so I’ll be trying a little harder to keep it next year. I mention this here because as the numbers increase it’s harder to post everything here, and the threshold for a mention gets higher – there are that many well-designed, well-executed magazines being made. All deserve recognition, but what still excites me most is the magazine that tries something a little different, that finds new ways to do things. And Benji Knewman from Latvia is a good example of just that.

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December 4, 2014


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Monocle Christmas Fayre, 6-7 December

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The magCulture shop is busy stocking up for this weekend’s Monocle Christmas Fayre. Come and grab a warming cup of Allpress coffee, say hi to Santa and his reindeer and get going with the Christmas Shopping. A full list of stalls is above– click on image for a larger version.

We’ll have copies of our new launch Fiera, the very latest issues of titles including Anorak, Another Escape, Cereal, The Gourmand, The Happy Reader, Hole&Corner, Noble Rot and Riposte among many other goodies.

Midori House, 1 Dorset Street,  London W1U 4EG


Overmatter: 02.12.14

Condé Nast Traveller gets a new serif logo.

Next Monday, 8 December, London, sees the second Stack night featuring Andrea Kurland, editor of Huck

…and Steve from Stack has a nice video review of new favourite mag The Happy Reader.

The second ‘season’ from digital magazine The Long+Short has just launched, feeling tighter.

Could editor-in-chief Scott Dadich be planning to buy Wired?

Ex-Little White Lies team launch new movie newsletter Delve: ‘It’s not only our return to the world of cinema, but the rejuvenation of our mission to inspire more people to fall more deeply in love with film’.

Good to see a strong customer magazine highlighted on the SPD blog – Andy Cowles looks at N, the magazine for Norwegian Airlines.

Looks like Adobe might finally be working out what its customers need from DPS.


Out now: The Gourmand #5

The Gourmand Issue 5 Cover
Issue five of The Gourmand hits shops this week, coinciding with the launch of their new website. The cover is a new direction for the magazine, leaving behind the inset image on colour field and going for a full-bleed image. The picture is from a film by Lisa Rovner.

Creative director David Lane has been working with Monotype to resurrect early versions of their Monotype Grotesque typeface; you can see elements of this on the website – that ampersand in ‘On Paper & Screen’ for instance.

We’ll have copies of the new issue at our shop at this weekend’s Monocle Christmas Fayre.


Out now: Anorak #34

Remarkably, it seems children’s mag Anorak haven’t yet done a Sweets issue. So here it is, just in time for Christmas. Cover by Inma Lorente.


At Work With: Adrian Craddock, Smith Journal

While in London, editor/producer Adrian Craddock helped develop Monocle24’s programme about magazines, The Stack. Now back in Australia, he was recently appointed editor of  Smith Journal, the Melbourne-based men’s counterpart to women’s title frankie. We look ahead at his week as his first edition of Smith Journal is published.

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Overmatter: 28.11.14

Offscreen has a rather fine Christmas competition. Nothing to do with Black Friday.

Congratulations to all the winners at this weeks Digital Magazine Awards, especially Ernest, winner of best launch…

…and to the winners at the CMA Awards. Peel away the content content content guff and you’ll find some interesting mags in there, like this.

Buy your ticket to QVED2015 this weekend and take advantage of super earlybird rates.

Next weekend the magCulture shop sets up at this years Monocle Christmas Fayre. Come say hello! 6–7 December.


Printout best of 2014 selections

On Tuesday night Steve Watson and I hosted the final Printout of 2014, a special night looking back at the best magazines of the year. It was an experiment – not least in holding a Printout without announcing the speaker line-up – but one that worked well, with a full room gathering to vote on our four categories: Story, Cover, Launch and Magazine. The video takes you through the categories and confirms the audience favourites.

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November 26, 2014

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Out now: The Wire #370

What a cover! It’s not easy to channel Dada/Futurism, but this issue of The Wire keeps it simple and manages it effortlessly. Love it.