From Russia with stuff

And good stuff at that. Dmitry Raspopov has worked on lots of nice things for Russia’s Secret Firmy and Interni magazines.

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“Off the record, on the QT and very hush-hush”

Ellroy's prime source material - propaganda disguised as a TV tie-in!

Noir icon James Ellroy is well known for his almost seamless blending of fact and fiction, but a recent chance purchase of a copy of 1940s magazine On The QT at a market stall in Bath popped another piece of his creative puzzle into place.

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Movies in 6 frames

Little White Lies magazine just held a competition for readers to draw their favourite movies in six comic book frames. There are some humorous results, but I particularly liked the few below. You can view more at the Creative Review Blog site here and subscribe to Little White Lies here.

“Seven” by Mat Bond (runner up)

“2001” by Rich Johnston

“The Wicker Man” by Hurk

Can’t hang wallpaper?

If wallpapering has always filled you with dread, an easy, unique and eco-friendly way to finish-off a room is to use vintage magazines or newspapers. Here’s a feature wall we made earlier, using half a dozen French fashion magazines from the 1930s picked up at a car boot sale, scissors, a pot of PVA glue and a wallpaper brush. Total time spent: 90 minutes. Total cost: £8. Result: boudoir-tastic!

FuturePlus launches Tesco Tech Support magazine

Here’s a link to the interactive version of our latest Tesco magazine. Or if clicking is too much of an effort for you, pick up a copy on your next visit.

New Spin cover – unzipped…

The latest issue of US music magazine SPIN has a perforated “zip” cover. Nice idea but shame it’s not a real zip like on the famous Rolling Stones album cover “Sticky Fingers”.

Volkswagen Independent Cinema Sponsorship Ads

By DDB London, try and guess the films, and don’t cheat by looking at the filenames.

Smuin Ballet Company Posters

Stunning Smuin Ballet Company Poster campaign by Evolution Bureau, USA

Another iPad concept – this time for Marie Claire and by our friends at Ceros

Curious one this, in that Ceros is a Flash-based platform and the Flash is like Kryptonite or at least Lex Luthor to the iPad.

Latest iPad content concepts

Nice interface prototypes from Wired and Penguin Books. Oh, and the original iPad promo reel for those who missed it.

The Noughties as told through US magazine covers

2009’s best cover lies

Great post from Jezebel decoding the best (or should that be worst) cover lies on women’s mags last year. Here’s a couple and the full list is here.

The future of magazines? Everyone seems to have a crystal ball this week…

The magazine publishing industry is panicking over rumours, yes just rumours, that Apple will unveil their iTablet/iSlate thingy at CES in January, pop a load of magazines and books on iTunes, reinvent publishing online and own that media market too. So suddenly, to look like they’re doing something, anything other than squinting hard at banner ads on their portal sites and desperately wondering how they can make money digitally, this week they’ve started coming up with ‘visualisations’ of how magazines could work on devices that may or may not come from Apple. That way, when Apple announce, they can all have a go at saying “told you so”. So are they any good?

First up is Time Inc with this Sports Illustrated demo (check out the spooky hand).

Next we have Mag+ the most beautiful of the three (we’re suckers for stuff with plus at the end – anyone?).

Lastly we have Wired’s attempt, which should knock our socks off, but compared to the other two, looks like they slapped it together over lunch in a European disco using Keynote, just so that they can be seen to be doing something.

Are these concepts the future of magazines? How about some comments folks?

Great CSP Photo Shoot

Check out some examples from the great photoshoot by Jesse Wild and Joby Sessions from Future’s in-house photo Studio, shot at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists offices in Birmingham. Flickr gallery here…


CSP Photo Shoot

Robert Downey Jr bursts out of the latest Esquire cover

Augmented Reality then (no don’t stop reading, this is good stuff). I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a while and the latest issue of Esquire gives me the perfect opportunity to kick off. So what is it? Hold a magazine, trading card, cereal box, printout or anything with a QR code (that square graphic that Downey Jr is sat on below) up to a webcam and ‘something’ interactive appears on screen. Or, as Esquire describes it, ‘A living, breathing, moving, talking magazine’. Is augmented reality simply a gimmick? Maybe, but there are interesting opportunities for print and online to really play with each other here. I’ll shut up, watch the video below and I’ll post some more examples in the next few days.

You can play around with this yourself without buying the mag. First print out the cover here. Next, download the little app here. Finally, open the app, point your printout at your camera and have a play.

Or if you can’t be arsed, pop over and have a look on my laptop.

Creative erm… Barcodes?

Thanks to Neil Mohr for these amazing barcodes from Japanese design company


APA Love FuturePlus Creative too!

It’s a record haul of International Customer Publishing Awards nominations this year folks! Which is nice. Here’s the press release…

Future Plus has been shortlisted for five awards at the 2009 International Customer Publishing Awards. Congratulations go to the team for making the final cut in categories such as Editor of the Year and Best Integrated Marketing Solution.

Run by the Association of Publishing Agencies (APA), Future’s titles have been picked out to compete against publications from the likes of Redwood, Haymarket and John Brown. Second-round judging begins this week where 50 senior media figures will choose winners in the 25 categories.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony on 25th November at Old Billingsgate in London.

FuturePlus UK Director Jayne Caple says: “This is the first year that these awards have been opened up to international agencies and as a result the number of entries rose by over 50%. Of course, that makes this news all the sweeter and we are all delighted.

“It’s great to see the teams’ work celebrated in such a way and I’m particularly pleased for Simon Kirrane who seems to be hogging the limelight somewhat with his three shortlisted nominations – a testimony to his talent and skills.”

Here’s the full list of categories in which we’ve been shortlisted:

Best Integrated Marketing Solution – Roland
Editor of the year – Simon Kirrane for Roland
Best membership title – GMB
Best travel leisure title – ODEON
Best specialist communications – Roland

Click here for full list.
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Turn the page and deliver the package

Loving this transparent DHL ad insert thingy (you try and summarise it in seven words). That’s it. They’ve cracked it. DHL can’t communicate express delivery any better than this. Just keep running this ad forever.

SUCH an obvious yet brilliant idea – The reading tray!

The no spillage, no crumbs, all-in-one breakfast and magazines in bed solution is finally here.

The Maggies 2009 best cover winners revealed

Click here to see the results of the publicly voted magazine covers of the year. Really striking and simple-to-navigate microsite too.
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New women’s free weekly launches today

Stylist, a new freesheet from the good folk who brought us Shortlist magazine, launches on the streets of London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow and Brighton this morning. Feels a bit like New York inside, which isn’t a bad thing. Jayne will particularly enjoy the feature on page 36. You can view the whole issue here. What do you think?
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Apple Tablet to “redefine print”?

Apple Tablet – Gizmodo

The long-rumoured Apple tablet is increasingly believed to be, basically speaking, an iPhone with a 10” screen.

While this possibly doesn’t sound like the subtlest phone for making calls on the 173 bus to Wells, Apple’s apparent plans to utilise the capacious screen of the tablet outweigh any such qualms. According to these reports from Wired and Gizmodo, one of their humble aims for the tablet is to “redefine print”.

Apple are said to be in talks with several print media companies with the intent of bringing books, magazines and newspapers to their new multi-touch device. It’s said that these would initially take the form of like-for-like versions of their print equivalents, a la Amazon’s Kindle, but according to Gizmodo, their eventual goal is said to be “hybridized content that draws from audio, video and interactive graphics in books, magazines and newspapers, where paper layouts would be static.”

Many iPhone/Touch users have already used their device to buy music, apps or video through iTunes, so the thought of paying for a digital version of their favourite magazine or newspaper on the iPhone seems a far smaller leap for most people to make than, say, paying to access the website of a newspaper. It isn’t hard to imagine paying a discounted monthly subscription for a daily paper downloaded to your device podcast-stylee, or a small one-off charge for downloading a mag to read whilst waiting for the aforementioned bus.

The best places to find magazines in London

A Google Maps mashup of the best magazine shops in London. Lovely.

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That’s LIFE! Well, 1,860 issues of it scanned by Google and free to you anyway

This brilliant archive of  US classic LIFE magazines went online this week thanks to Google. Every page of every issue is here including ads. See the archive here (60s issues are particularly good – great interviews, unbeatable photography, laughably dated ads).


That's (quite literally) LIFE

That's (quite literally) LIFE

The Face in the flesh

Managed to get my hands on some mint copies of The Face magazine, circa 1986/87, the Neville Brody era. Come and grab them if you want some fabulous eighties typography nostalgia…


Entertainment Weekly magazine – now with video!

The September issue of Entertainment weekly contains the worlds first video ad. Unlike Esquire’s quirky, but disappointing animated cover last year, the CBS season preview ad is full video, with sound, and lasts for 40 minutes. Is this the future of magazines or just an  expensive willy-waving exercise by CBS and Pepsi who were determined to be first with this technology to bag all the press (including this blog post)?

World's first video-embedded magazine

Cutthroat Capitalism Feature in Wired Magazine


There’s a wonderfully commissioned illustration in this month’s UK and US Wired Magazine. Concept-wise it seems like quite a simple idea (body copy with the usual boxouts) but what makes it amazing is the collaboration between the illustrators and how it all comes together as a whole. It’s full of really lovely touches. Siggi Eggertsson is responsible for the main visuals and Michael Doret has designed the lettering.

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Take a closer look at the feature on the Wired website here…


More work from the artists here…

Siggi Eggertsson


Michael Doret

The Devil Wears Prada – this sh*t just got real!

This looks fantastic! The September Issue is a no-holds-barred documentary taking us behind the scenes of American Vogue. So far so dull, until you meet the terrifying legend that is Editor-in-chief Anna Wintour! Obviously, the commissioning of this documentary had absolutely nothing to do with the runaway success of The Devil Wears Prada. Even from the trailer below though, Anna makes Meryl’s fictional alter ego seem a little tame.

Full description after the jump…
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Pentagram’s redesign of Tennis from earlier this year, in case you haven’t seen it. Nice.