Amazing collection of posters, LP covers (Cream’s Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire) and Oz underground newspaper covers, all illustrated and designed by 60s psychedelic master Martin Sharp. He passed away on December 1.
My friend Norman B of the Life Elsewhere radio show on WMNF, Tampa, has a nifty blog called Back that is filled with visual and audio delights. It’s a free form, stream of consciousness (what used to be called a “three dot column”) collection featuring links to photographers, illustrators, interior and fashion designers, graphic designers, and of course, lots of music and songs and just about anything else that catches his eclectic fancy. I always find something very cool to inspire me every time I visit the page.
The holiday season starts early this year, thanks to a rare Hanukkah in November. The elves at SPD have been busy gathering a swell set of holiday gift books that will make the perfect present for your favorite art director, photo editor, illustrator, photographer, or other visual person. We’ve got books big and small, in all shapes and sizes. And because we believe in keeping the X in Xmas, there’s even a (seriously altered) version of the Holy Bible!
Gym Class Magazine, “the magazine about magazines,” is out with a new issue. Edited and designed by Steven Gregor, Gym Class is described by Magculture as “a gloriously mad 32-page psychedelic comic book format featuring commissioned illustrations and as much CMYK as the Newspaper Club can squeegee into their mini format.” Inside are power-packed interviews with Italian magazine art directors Kuchar Swara (Casa da Abitare), Francesco Franchi (Il), and David Moretti (Wired Italia), Letter to Jane‘s Tim Moore on digital magazines, a look at Eureka, a science magazine supplement produced by The Times of London, an interview I did with Fortune creative director Brandon Kavulla, and more. It’s a smart, fun, obsessive magazine, truly essential for magazine makers of all kinds. The CMYK-heavy design is splashy and bold, and the comic book size format is a joy to hold.
Part of the fun of Gym Class has been that its format has changed from issue to issue, from heavy-stock newspaper to digital-only to this new compact size (it’s the same size and paper stock as the My Favo(u)rite Magazine project). And the design continues to evolve and get more detailed and sophisticated. Other issues of Gym Class have had more material, but pound for pound issue #10 is my favorite to date. This is truly a publication with a passionate love for magazines, that reminds us all how exciting and compelling those magazines can be.
Gym Class Magazine is available exclusively from Magculture.
(A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Gym Class Magazine #10 are going to the Friends of Bob Newman fundraising effort.)
In late July, The Washington Post’s design director Janet Michaud announced she was moving to POLITICO to become creative director of its new magazine. The magazine, she explained, was going to be built from the ground floor and in a matter of months, the magazine would launch. Last Friday, the first issue of Politico magazine hit newsstands, so I caught up with Michaud to see how it all unfolded.
Bob Newman is one of the key figures of contemporary US editorial design. Not only a prolific creative director – Details, Fortune, Real Simple, Entertainment Weekly and New York are just a few of the magazines on his resume—his generosity of spirit has been a huge influence on the industry, latterly via blogging and tweeting as Newmanology. Earlier this year he suffered a serious accident that left him unable to work, since when he has been going through the slow process of rehabilitation. Here he looks ahead at his week and shares his thoughts as his Newmanology presence re-emerges online.
The good folks at Magculture (aka Jeremy Leslie) have a nice interview/profile on me as part of their weekly At Work With series. It’s a continuing look at the daily work week schedule of a wide range of magazine makers and media creators from around the world. Since my current work is mainly rehabbing myself after my injury, it’s about my daily schedule of walking, doctors, visiting with my daughters, and the types of media that help me along to recovery. There are some nifty photos: the view from the roof of my building on the Upper West Side, a stack of paperback books that I’ve been reading, and some recent favorite magazines and apps. I talk about how being in the hospital affected my approach to reading magazines, my current favorite magazine (a replica edition of the 1926 Harlem Renaissance publication Fire!!), and the most-traveled copy in the My Favo(u)rite Magazine photo series. Oh, and a picture of me at the Central Park Reservoir in my walking clothes, rocking a Buffalo Bills cap.
This is a good glimpse into my daily life and to see how my brain is operating these days. There are also some thoughts about the state of magazine and app creation (of course), as well as a little rant about the current political battle over Obamacare (needless to say, after eight months of hospitals and hassling with insurance companies, I feel more strongly than ever about the need for a national health insurance system for all Americans).
Please visit the Magculture site and let me know what you think. Thanks so much to Jeremy at Magculture for publishing this insight into my daily life and recovery.