Last year we reported on Jeremy ‘magCulture’ Leslie’s Modern Magazine event organised to coincide with the launch of his book of the same name, and hailed it as a huge success. We also told Jeremy we hoped it’d become an annual fixture on the conference scene. Friday 19th saw the second ModernMag event, this time held at the LCC and co-hosted by It’s Nice That’s Liv Siddall, so it seems like our wish might be coming true! We caught up with Jeremy before the event and got some answers about what we could expect – and I then enjoyed a great days discussion about magazines! Here’s our very brief overview of the 12 talks and our key snippets of wisdom from each speaker… See some of you there next year!
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games was undoubtably a highlight of the summer sporting calendar capturing the imagination of a city in Glasgow and indeed across the entire Commonwealth. Amongst all of the incredible sporting talent and stories on show their was a rather unique story taking place in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Jedidiah Amoako-Ackah (Jeddie) became the first Ghanaian track cyclist to compete in track cycling at any recognised competitive event, let alone the Commonwealth Games.
After a chance meeting at the accreditation classes to be allowed to ride the velodrome, Jeddie approached Glasgow based designer Matt Burns to design and develop a unique skin suit for the games. On the design of the suit Matt said “The stripes on the sides of the suit are unbroken. They begin at the cuff on the arm, extend and wrap around to the shoulder blade, under the armpits to the side and continuing to a finish at the thigh. The front of the suit features a single black star on the right side of the chest. Ghana is often referred to as “the black star of Africa”. It was important that the star was an underlining theme in the overall design. Across the thigh of the skin suit is an impression of a Ghanaian Kente Cloth pattern. It has been designed using a simple pattern created by stars and colour. The back of the suit features custom typography for the team name, ‘Ghana’. The stencil style type has been created by incorporating angled edges to reflect the character of a star.”
Day One of Glasgow 2014 saw Jeddie compete in the Men’s Individual sprint, and a few days later in the Men’s Keirin. The design of the skin suit needed to reflect the brief provided from Jeddie – a sleek, minimalist design that gave him a strong presence on the bike, whilst reflecting Ghana’s heritage.
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games was the first stage of Jeddie’s dream for track cycling in Ghana. The next stop is Rio, where Jeddie wishes to take with him a full Ghanaian track cycling team. He also has the vision to build a velodrome in Ghana to further development of the sport. If you want to keep up with Jed’s story follow him on Twitter @IAmJeddie
Introducing your new favourite cookbook; Rapper’s Delight: The Hip Hop Cookbook
Jointly created by Joseph Inniss, Peter Stadden and Ralph Miller, The Hip Hop Cookbook features 30 recipes inspired by your all time favourite Hip Hop artists of today and yesteryear.
Each of the recipes is then accompanied by a bespoke piece of artwork, created by a selection of the UK’s best upcoming illustrators.
Russ Chimes, the London based producer, remixer and DJ is back where he belongs with his new EP Sula. Continuing a trend, Chimes has teamed up with superior video wizard Mark Wheeler to create the immense new video for Chimes’ latest release entitled ‘We Need Nothing to Collide’.
The video is the culmination of a series of visual sounds experiments that overlap each other to create realtime visuals taken directly from Chimes’ latest tune. The experiments can all be used for live performance, as well as choreographed animation. Experiments 1 & 2 shown after the jump were created using live MIDI notes, BPM and CC values to create visuals with a tightness to the music that wouldn’t be possible with only audio data.
D8 are a creative agency based in Glasgow, Scotland. We recently received a copy of the latest issue of D8′s magazine. It’s a thing of beauty so I spoke to Creative Director and Co-founder Adrian Carroll to find out a bit more information…
For those who don’t know, introduce D8 to us, tell us about your recent move etc.. Hello, well we’re a Glasgow based branding/creative agency. We’ve been on the go for just over 15 years and have grown to just over 40 people in that time hence the move to a bigger studio. We started out doing mainly design work that was printed (the internet was just getting started, at the point we were all on dial up modems) now our work includes packaging, digital, experiential, all sorts really.
Give us a bit of background on the Mag, I know this is issue 6 – I remember discovering the PDF’s a couple of years ago on your old site but I wasn’t aware they were printed magazines back then – was that always the case? Yes, they were always printed, we love high quality print and finishing. There’s definitely still a place for it, good print engages the senses in a way that other media can’t.
This issue feels particularly spectacular – one of those magazines that digital would never do justice to. Why do you feel its important to lavish money on a piece like this? Is it a new business driver, or just something lovely to produce because you can? It’s loosely a business development piece in that we send it to clients and people we’d like to work with. It demonstrates what we’ve done and what we can do, if we’re going to do it it has to be done well, that’s a fundamental hence the lavish print finishing.
What was the turnaround for the mag? – and when will there be another one? It takes a while because client work always takes priority, we aim to do 2 a year give or take.
What’s next for D8? – and where can we keep up to date with what you’re up to? We just keep trying to be better each year, I’ve always taken the view that if we concentrate on the quality of work we produce everything else will take care of itself. We just try to keep our head down, work hard, charge a fair price and be nice to people. That’s about it really! In terms of finding out what we’re up to there’s the website www.weared8.com where you can get our email newsletter. We/I am also on twitter @weared8 @ac_seventhree and I’m on Instagram with the same username.
FormFiftyFiver Gui Seiz will be taking to the stage at Digitized+, in Athens, this year.
On its fourth edition Digitized aims to, once more, gather the creative community in a series of lectures and workshops, where some of the most important names on a global scale will share knowledge and experiences.
This year the speakers’ panel includes the likes of HelloHikimori, Stinkdigital, Eden Spiekermann, Artificial Rome, HelloEnjoy, Microsoft, and Design Collector.
If you’re in town, come hear about R&D, creativity, innovation, responsive webdesign and some other tags people use in blogs.
The complete schedule of lectures and workshops is now announced and the cost for attending the conference is €60, (however various discounts are available).
More info and tickets here — www.digitized.gr
The-Art-Form is a limited edition publication about art and artists and is the brainchild of UK based designer Andy Townsend. Each issue features six artists who have completed a form about art, answering the 13 questions set them in their own unique way, giving an insight into their work and working practice. Some of the artists have created drawings, paintings and sketches, in response to the questions. Issue 1 features: Ian Davenport, Paul Insect, Dan Baldwin, Peter Liversidge, Rana Begum and Michael Reisch.
EF International language schools celebrates their 50th anniversary with the 8th instalment of the ‘Live the language’ film series.
Instead of following a student in a specific city we travel through time from 1964 until today. London in the 60’s, Paris in the 70’s, Barcelona in the 80’s, California in the 90’s and Sydney in present time. Director Gustav Johansson and D.O.P Evan Prosofsky decided to shoot the film with the techniques that are true to each era. From real film to Hi8 to full HD. The typography by Albin Holmqvist does not only relate to the geographical location but also the time period at hand.
John Owens, Creative Director at Instruct Studio, has been in touch to let us know about Design Manchester 14, which builds on the promising start of last year’s inaugural event.
There’s over 18 events across the city including headline talks from Build, Tony Brook, Andy Nicholson (Gravity the Film) and installations from fashion designer Helen Storey MBE, not to mention something fun from Adidas.
This year’s Design Manchester takes the theme of ‘The Science of Imagination’ and, according to host Malcolm Garrett, ‘taps into Manchester’s prolific legacy in innovation and technology’.
The festival takes place next month, for more info check out this piece on Design Week.
The ever inspiring Glasgow designer Kerr Vernon has created a beautiful A2 print inspired by the Morrissey / Marr composition ‘There is a light that never goes out’. It’s a superb visual—aptly and luxuriously screen-printed in gold ink and which will surely look even more stunning in real life.
It’s a Limited edition print run of 50 so don’t hang about if you’ve got the place to hang it up!
Following the success of last year’s event, The Modern Magazine day returns on 19th September (as part of the London Design Festival) as a one-day conference, staged by magCulture and co-hosted by Jeremy Leslie and Liv Siddall. The 2014 edition focuses on the future of publishing, with guest speakers from across the world gathering to discuss their take on what happens next as the publishing industry continues to work out its future.
“We’ll hear from Adam Moss, editor of iconic US magazine New York about balancing print and digital, from David Moretti, design director of Wired Italia about designing for print and iPad, and from Jeremy Langmead about content marketing. The people behind some fo the best independent magazines will be discussing their role in the wider context of magazine publishing.”
I caught up with TMM organiser and all round magazine guru and good-guy Jeremy Leslie to find out more…
The Modern Magazine conference is back (just as we hoped it would be!) What was it that made you want to put on another conference of this sort? The original event was intended as a one-off to celebrate publication of my book of the same name. And it would have remained a one-off if we hadn’t had such a positive reaction to the day. Every review, the speakers and the audience responded so well that it was on my mind from the next day that we needed to consider an annual event. And you wrote exactly that in your review. There are plenty of design-orientated conferences and talks in London, and there are many business-orientated publishing events. I believe there’s space for an event that covers editorial design in detail and across both mainstream and independent sectors. So having succeeded with it last year we’re seeing if we can make it annual. So far it appears to be a ‘yes’!
How is it different from last years? We learned a lot from last year’s first event in terms of planning, set-up, costs and content. That knowledge gives the team a sound starting point for this year.But the focus is different – last year was all about the book and I felt it needed me as the frontman on that basis. This year we’ll follow a similar format for the day but look more at the imminent future of magazines and editorial design. We’ve invited Liv Sidall from It’s Nice That to co-host, she shares my love of magazines, so I can be more directly involved in the day. For example I’ll be live interviewing Adam Moss, the inspirational editor of New York magazine about how he’s reshaping this iconic magazine for the future.The other big change is the location. We’ve moved to the London College of Communication to make it a little more intimate. Last year’s venue was spectacular but almost daunting! And LCC was where I studied (back when it was still called LCP) so there’s a satisfying element of return to that choice too.
What can attendees expect from the day, and who should come? We try to create a balance between design and editorial, with both creative inspiration and solid discussion of issues facing the industry included. People already attending include working designers and editors form the UK and Europe, junior editorial staff and students. Editorial design in its broadest sense is increasingly relevant to all graphic designers as content becomes more central to our practice. There’s also a strong entrepreneurial element to independent publishing that is relevant to graphic design in the wider sense. Come and be inspired!
Obviously you can’t pick a favourite speaker (that would just be rude) but is there anything specific you’re particularly looking forward to this year? Everyone’s been invited on merit so I can’t highlight single speakers. It’s more about the overall combination of participants; we set up the day as a live magazine, with different lengths and styles of presentation to avoid repetition. I’m just finalising the running order and am relishing the potential scheduling juxtapositions. One in particular is amusing me – it sums up the scope of what editorial design is. But I’m not letting on!
Adam Moss, editor, New York magazine. Kai Brach, founder, Offscreen. Veronica Ditting, art director, The Gentlewoman. Peter Houston, blogger and man behind the Magazine Diaries. Jeremy Langmead, Head of content, Christies. Simon Lyle, editor of Hot Rum Cow and new magazine Poppy.
Danny Miller, founder of Little White Lies, revealing his new magazine. David Moretti, design director of Wired Italia. Rob Orchard, founder, Delayed Gratification. Danielle Pender, editor, Riposte. Elana Schlenker, founder, Gratuitous Type. Pekka Toivenen, ‘art dictator’, FAT. Steve Watson, Stack Magazines.
London College of Communication, Friday 19th September 2014.
Tickets cost £140 (£75 students), including lunch and refreshments throughout the day and drinks at the close, and are available from shop.magCulture.com. See you there!
This pixel art by Australian animator Paul Robertson will wake up your eyeballs this monday morning!
Frames is an experiment in storytelling through the collaboration of design and literature. Each edition explores the symbiotic relationship between written word, visual design, and the experience they create. I stumbled over the second edition titled ‘One to see, one to kill’ by Kyle Keen and Grayden Poper, which is worth your time reading!