We’re excited to confirm details of this year’s ModMag London. We’ll be back at Conway Hall on Thursday 1 November for our annual celebration of editorial creativity.
Now an established feature of the publishing/design event calendar, this will be our sixth ModMag in London and follows our first New York edition earlier this year.
We’ll be following the familiar format: a day of talks from international magazine-makers, mixing the new and old, the large and small, the indie and mainstream.
This year’s theme is Reinvention, something magazines must continually strive for, whether that be revolutionary change or subtle development. Our first four speakers are ideally placed to contribute on this subject.
Emmet Smith has recently overseen the complete reinvention of National Geographic, one of the world’s most iconic magazine names, emphasising its print heritage while bringing a clean modernity to its pages. As he told the magCulture Journal earlier this year, ‘This redesign wasn’t about changing something that people love, but about giving them more of it in a fresh and contemporary way.’
Tom Meredith’s redesign of Elle UK won him the prestigious Art Director of the Year title at this year’s PPA Awards, an acknowledgment of the sure-handed graphic shift he has applied to the magazine since his appointment last year.
For its twelfth issue, The Plant appeared in a larger format with refreshed typography. This was a delicate change, but one that somehow distilled the biannual title into a purer form of itself. Carol Monpart will be sharing this development.
And indie football mag Mundial has rapidly grown from labour of love to serious project, its team growing fast to adapt to a scale of readership that has surprised even its publishers. We loom forward to hearing from founder Dan Sandison.
UPDATE: Four more speakers are now confirmed for this year’s event:
As executive editor of No Man’s Land, Deidre Dyer is reinventing the US women’s magazine for the #metoo age; Elisabeth Krohn’s project Sabat takes a very different angle on womens publishing, examining womanhood through her interest in witchcraft.
With Ordinary, Max Siedentopf applies his unique visual humour to magazines, the cover-mounted objects and picture-only format encouraging the reader to reconsider what a magazine is. And Jeff Taylor has successfully repositioned his free London business/startup magazine Courier as a successful paid-for bimonthly with an international audience.
The final speaker lineup is confirmed below — please see this updated post for full details.
Jana Al Obeidyine
Editor, A Dance Mag
Author, ‘Uncovered—Revolutionary Magazine Covers’
Founder, Eye on Design
Executive editor, No Man’s Land
Creative director, Sabat
Editor, Beauty Papers
Creative director, Elle UK
Creative director, The Plant
Creative director, Ordinary
Creative director, National Geographic
Editor, Good Trouble
Hosts for the day will be Liv Siddall and Jeremy Leslie
ModMag London 2018
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Thursday 1 November
9am to 5.30pm
Tickets include coffee and tea throughout the day, lunch bag and goodie bag. The magCulture Shop will be on site, along with representatives from our partners.
Group booking discounts are also available – please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information
We’re grateful to the following partners for their support of ModMag:
If you’d like to support ModMag too, email events@magCulture.com
All speakers listed are confirmed, but we reserve the right to change the line-up for reasons beyond our control. We’re unable to refund tickets once bought.