Congratulations to Francesco Franchi, who after eight years at IL Magazine is moving to Rome’s La Republica newspaper.

Read the whole of Rick Poynor’s critique column about the magCulture Shop (from Eye no92).

This Friday sees PPA MagFest in Edinburgh; the magCulture popup shop will be on site for the day, and Jeremy’s on a Question Time panel the evening before.

The next Printout takes place on 27 September; Funding the Future looks at crowdfunding with the founders of Fiera, Rueville and Courier.

The Modern Magazine 2016

Tickets for ModMag16 are now completely sold out.

The countdown to this year’s ModMag has begun. The line-up is now complete, speaker travel plans are being finalised and final briefings taking place.

We have another exciting set of guests from a broad range of magazines from across the world, including some of the biggest publications and some of the newest independents. In the run-up to the day we’ll be introducing them one by one here on the Journal, starting next week.


Christoph Amend
Editor-in-chief, ZEIT magazine (DE)
Kirsten Algera
Editor-in-chief, MacGuffin (NL)
Gail Bichler
Design director, New York Times Magazine (US)
Seb Emina
Editor-in-chief, The Happy Reader (UK)
Paul Gorman
Journalist, currently writing ‘Legacy: The Story of The Face’ (UK)
The Ladybeard team (UK)
Penny Martin
Editor-in-chief, The Gentlewoman (UK)
Rebecca Nicholson
Editor-in-chief, VICE UK
Kai von Rabenau

Editor/publisher, mono.kultur (DE)
Tony Rushton
Ex-art director, Private Eye (UK)
Jack Self
Editor, Real Review (UK)
Terri White
Editor, Empire (UK)
Liv Siddall
MC for the day!
Editor, writer, Rough Trade magazine (UK)

ModMag attracts an international audience of magazine-makers and publishing and design students. The line-up reflects the daily content of the magCulture Journal, showcasing the best in contemporary magazine publishing while acknowledging the successes of the past and the challenges of the future.

It takes place at Central St Martins art school, King’s Cross, London. Every attendee will receive a gift bag and the ticket fee includes lunch, end-of-day drinks and the opportunity to meet the speakers.

Book your ticket now and join us on Thursday 27 October. Registration will be at 9am with closing drinks at 6pm.

Full details and tickets

We’re grateful to our partners and sponsors for their support.
If you’d like to join them, email info@magCulture.com


Theseus Chan, creative director

Singapore designer Theseus Chan is best known globally for his self-published magazine Werk, a tour-de-force of graphic technique that often uses hands-on intervention to personalise each copy. At home he is regarded as the godfather of Singapore graphic design, his influence on a new generation of designers hugely important to his country’s new creative ambitions.


We asked Theseus to select an old magazine, a new magazine, and one other thing from his personal collection of publications. He also sent us this self portrait.

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An old issue: RayGun,  September 1994
Cannot say enough how this have inspired me to do “broken” graphic design. Raygun do the things I love – music, skate culture, typography and breaking down design rules. This cover is particularly cryptic as it says Bible, Jesus and End of Print. Designed by David Carson.

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A new issue: ZEITmagazin, 1 September 2016
ZEITmagazin send me these weekly and I enjoy every single issue. The cover designs, typography, photographs and illustrations are always beautiful. I just wish I can read German. Naomi Campbell was huge in the 90s and it is just sheer coincidence this is the latest ZEIT with her on the cover on my desk this morning when I was putting this together. I love Naomi, Kate and Linda.

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And another thing: The All West Containers stamp on Emigré mailing boxes
That was back in 1994 again, and still fresh today. All the hype today is about minimalism, but then like fashion it always comes back. Emigré is one magazine that was borne out of total regard for typography and layout. It was designed by Rudy VanderLans, but I always wondered who designed the stamp on the packaging boxes used to mail the magazines (below).



Wallpaper* 20th anniversary issue

Last night Wallpaper* celebrated its 20th anniversary with a huge party at London’s OXO Tower restaurant, overlooking the Thames. London’s design world were out in force, and everyone received a copy of the magazine’s largest (508 pages) issue to date.

The front cover of the issue is a contemporary recreation of their first edition image; inside, they reproduce the original image for comparison but have dropped the 90s logo and headline typography (Meta!). I’ve included my copy of that first issue in the slideshow above.

The issue offers an overview of the 20 years, as you’d expect, but a highlight is the foldout poster ‘Two Decades of Design’ that runs through the 20 years in images. Designed by Spin, every reader receives a unique verison of the poster, the background colours and patterns being randomly paired to make every issue unique.

But when a magazine regularly produces a special subscription cover every issue, you expect something a little more for its 20th, and Wallpaper* doesn’t disappoint. A very limited number of copies come with a special moving cover that pulls apart the image while bringing together the elements of the number ‘20’ on the cover – see the gif below.


Designed for the magazine by Thomas Heatherwick, the mechanism caused huge production challenges, so there are very limited numbers of the cover available. If you’re keen, you can recreate it yourself (there are instructions in the issue and the cover is perforated to help).

And if you’re lucky, you can get one of these super-rare copies from the magCulture shop. Follow us on twitter (@magCulture) for news.


Editor: Tony Chambers
Creative director: Sarah Douglas



New show ‘Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue’ starts on BBC2, 9pm Thursday.

London, 24 September: Jeremy is among the speakers at a day-long Indie Publishing seesion, part of Frieze Academy. Also features White Review, Hotdog and Ladybeard.

London, 26 September: Hear the editor and creative director of British Elle discuss their recent relaunch.

Read Fader’s guide to Frank Ocean’s Boys Don’t Cry magazine.

Niijournal #1

Niijournal (or simply Nii) is a new fashion and culture title from London that aims to ‘enlighten and educate about cultural and global issues surrounding people of colour.’

The models featured inside are mostly black as are the writers, and contributions come from Ghana, New York, Canada and England. Editorials dig into the East London music scene, shoots energetically explore notions of identity and subvert and interrogate stereotypes, and Nii also features styling and pictures by creatives Ib Kamara, Devin N Morris and PC Williams.

‘We are here to educate, not irritate,’ reads Nii’s emphatic tagline.

Niijournal first took shape when publisher, photographer and Central Saint Martins student Campbell Addy was working with the founder of 80s creative collective ‘Buffalo’, Jamie Morgan, and was inspired by the way that a group of talented friends were making work and art together. Being of Ghanaian decent but born and raised in Crydon, Campbell’s sense of identity also felt unstable: ‘In the UK I’m not British but ‘Black British’, and in Ghana I am British, not African. So who am I?’ he writes in his editorial. Combining this question of identity with the spirit of Buffalo, Niijournal emerged as a magazine-shaped journey of discovery for the young editor and photographer.

For the project, Campbell travelled to New York City and was inundated with conversations around the topic of ‘#blacklivesmatter’, realising how the day-to-day battle of African Americans is wholly different to that he’d experienced living in London. In Ghana, Campbell describes being ‘met with shock as I projected a Western view of what Africa is supposed to be’. Shoots and editorial account these journeys – Nii is both a collective, but it’s also a kind of personal diary: the connections that Campbell makes on his travels inform both his and the reader’s understanding of identity, race and colour.

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Stylist Ib Kamara, who hails from Sierra Leone but is now London-based, expresses his sense of identity through subverting historicised masculine stereotypes (above). Another shoot by Campbell, styled by Aisha Jimoh, takes a quiet and subtle approach to selfhood (above).

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In between the photo-heavy pages are short essays that delve into the mag’s themes, like an exploration into the formation of role models by Karen Dasoar (above). Quick Q&As with young black creative youth in London are scattered throughout (also above). Nii’s leading feature, called ‘Young, Gifted & Black’, is a selection of profiles of East London musicians (below) – although the magazine explores cities and places around the world, you can tell that the heart of the collective resides in the British capital. All of the casting is credited to the ‘Nii agency’ – as well as his photographic work, Campbell launched the male modelling and casting studio in June this year, aiming to celebrate a diverse range of talent by representing an eclectic, unconventional range of looks, ages, body types and backgrounds.

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The idea of inclusivity is regularly discussed and debated in the fashion industry on platforms like Dazed DigitalNiijournal makes it obvious that this debate is one that needs to happen more, with a vivid, very personal and insightful sense of time and place, in the worlds of independent magazine publishing.

Editor: Campbell Addy