Event: ModMag New York 2019

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Our 2019 ModMag programme is confirmed! ModMagNYC will take place on Wednesday 29 May 2019 at Parsons School of Design, and later in the year we’re back at Conway Hall for ModMagLDN.

Earlybird tickets for NYC are now on sale.

As ever, we’re programming a series of talks from some of the most innovative and exciting figures in contemporary magazine publishing, from founders of emerging independent publications to senior figures at established magazines. All will provide their own unique insight into today’s magazines and the challenges they face. We will focus on what the term ‘Magazine’ means today as publishers spread their brands across multiple channels. The first speakers on the line-up are revealed below.

Alongside ModMagNYC, the magCulture Shop will be opening a pop-up in collaboration again with our friends at Vitsoe, highlighting their new shop on Eighth Street. More details of that to follow.

ModMagNYC takes place in collaboration with Parsons School of Design and AIGA NY.


First speakers confirmed:

Liv Siddall, writer, editor and magCulture podcast co-host will return as MC.

Douglas McGray, co-founder and editor, Pop-Up Magazine and The California Sunday Magazine (US)

Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, deputy editor, gal-dem (UK)

Nicholas Blechman, creative director, The New Yorker (US)

Ian Birch, author of the book ‘Uncovered’ (UK) in conversation with Perrin Drumm, founder, AIGA Eye on Design website and magazine (US)

More names will be announced soon!


Book your Earlybird ticket now



ModMag FAQs

What is ModMag?
The Modern Magazine, now known as ModMag, has been held annually in London since 2013, starting life as a celebration/launch of Jeremy Leslie’s book ‘The Modern Magazine’. We have now organised six London editions and one New York edition.

What is it about?
The day presents the most innovative and interesting creative work in magazine publishing, with editors and art directors uniting to share their thoughts and ideas. We don’t duck the big issues facing print publishing, but neither do we fall for the easy, negative narratives surrounding the industry. ModMag is a celebration and reminder of the power of magazine creativity – if you know the MagCulture Journal you’ll have a sense of the scope and focus of ModMag.

Is there a theme to the day?
In addition to the overall celebration of magazine craft noted above, the second ModMagNYC will focus on what the term ‘Magazine’ means today as publishers spread their brands across multiple channels.

Who is ModMag for?
The day is aimed at publishing professionals, design and journalism students and graduates, and anyone with a creative curiousity. The ability to develop an editorial voice is in everyone’s hands today via digital channels. Hear from leading editorial practitioners how they are handling this responsibility.

Why London and New York?
London and New York are the two big beasts of English-language publishing. In London, we have always featured speakers from New York alongside European participants. We now mirror that in New York, with local speakers taking the stage alongside international guests.

Who organises ModMag?
ModMag is produced by magCulture, led by founder Jeremy Leslie and producer Stephanie Hartman. Read the magCulture Journal for a sense of what/who we are. For ModMagNYC we are proud to be collaborating with the teams at Parsons School of Design and AIGA NY.

You can find out more about ModMag here.


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