Aggregator of all things, things magazine

Monday, 20 February, 2017

The publishers of London based aggregator of all things, things magazine, have spent the last little while trawling through links on their extensive blogroll, which includes disassociated.

Blogrolls. Remember those? For the uninitiated, blogrolls are collections of links favoured by the author of a website. They were preceded by links pages. Bonus points if you remember them.

I’m stoked to see they swung by this way in the last week or so, and rate disassociated as “recommended”. Thank you. If have a taste for, well, anything, then I suggest you check them out, and better still, subscribe to their RSS feed.

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Boxoffice Magazine posts 3000 back issues online

Tuesday, 31 May, 2011

Boxoffice, a US based magazine featuring all things film, which has been publishing since 1920, has recently posted the vast majority of its back issues online. Film buffs could while away weeks here…

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Pictures speaking a thousand words, and doing more so since 1912

Wednesday, 22 December, 2010

magazine photo visualisation

A visualisation of the use of images and photos in “Popular Science” magazine from 1882 to 2007, reveals that a change in ownership almost 100 years ago resulted in a dramatic boost in their use in the publication.

The change in magazine ownership in 1912 dramatically manifests itself in the sudden jump in the number of images and ads and new layout strategies. However, when we zoom out to see the whole visualization, we notice that this change was already anticipated by the gradual increase in the number of images during the preceding decade.

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Solo magazine or book publishers may have to wear many hats

Friday, 6 August, 2010

Elliot Jay Stocks, publisher of niche typography magazine 8faces, outlines the process of putting together a magazine – pretty much – alone, or while working only with a very small team:

I had a helping hand from some great people while putting the magazine together but by and large I found myself wearing several different hats. Way more than I ever anticipated, and way more than I ever have with any previous project. By and large, most of these roles were completely new to me and I had to make it up as I went along.

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A list of the best ever English language magazine articles

Friday, 30 July, 2010

Some weekend reading should you so desire… Cool Tools has put together a list – 89 at last count – of what they feel are the best magazine articles ever published.

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Web heads better at turning profits online than print editors

Thursday, 11 March, 2010

The web version of a print magazine is more likely to make money if it is managed by a web editor rather than being left in the hands of the publication’s editor-in-chief, according to a recent survey.

From among the magazine websites that do not make a profit, the survey found that it was nearly twice as likely that their budget is controlled by the editor-in-chief of the print magazine. In contrast, it is the publisher or web editor who controls the purse strings in 67 per cent of profitable websites. Websites with independent web editors, who are also in charge of the budget, are much more likely to keep up with technological developments.

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Imagine a magazine that is an interactive tablet

Monday, 21 December, 2009

Combining magazines with e-readers to produce Mag+… is this the digital future of magazines?

The articles run in scrolls, not pages, and are placed side-to-side in kind of mountain range (as we call it internally). Magazines still arrive in issues: people like the sense of completion at the end of each. You flip through by shifting focus. Tap the pictures on the left of the screen to flip through the mag, tap text on the right to dive in.

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The intersection of art and science, rockets and guns

Wednesday, 2 December, 2009

Art and Technology in the Early Space Race: documenting the influence of the space race, cold war, plus rocket and arms technology, on the design and illustration of monthly and weekly periodicals last century.

Within the realm of monthly and weekly periodicals, trade publications aimed at working professionals within industry are less examined than their internationally-known general interest counterparts such as Science and Scientific American. Together they offer a body of advertising literature that forms a time capsule of the emerging dynamic between design and technology during the late 1950s and very early 1960s, the peak of technological eruption during the Cold War in the U.S. During those years mid-century Modern design asserted itself within the trade-based advertising literature as a powerful visual language with a killer application.

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Some of the hardest hitting magazine covers ever published

Tuesday, 13 October, 2009

A collection of controversial magazine covers, including Time Magazine’s April 1966 “Is God Dead?” cover and article by then editor John T. Elson, who incidentally died just last month.

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Internet most trusted information source, magazines least

Wednesday, 11 March, 2009

One in four Australians are comfortable with the information they obtain online:

25% of the population list the Internet as their must trusted source of information. This is followed by newspapers at 20%, TV at around 17%, and radio at about 13%. Among the minority who are not online, radio is the most trusted medium. Only 1% of people chose magazines as their most trusted medium.

Why do magazines rate so poorly? Possibly because their content is somewhat out-of-date (some magazines have publishing lead times of several months) by the time they hit the newsagents shelves?

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