Monday, 11:58am
21 October 2019

magCulture curates Eye

In anticipation of magCulture live on Thu 7 Nov 2019, founder Jeremy Leslie has selected five articles from Eye’s huge archive

Eye is Media Partner for magCulture Live, and to anticipate the conference (formerly known as ModMag) to be held on Thursday 7 November 2019, magCulture founder Jeremy Leslie has selected five items about editorial design and magazines from Eye’s extensive online archive.

New York, Fukt, Gal-Dem, The New York Times Magazine, It’s Freezing in LA! and Civilization, six of the titles represented by speakers at magCulture Live on 7 Nov 2019.
Top. Tom Gauld’s back cover illustration for Eye 97, the magazine special issue part two.


• Art director Matt Willey will discuss his typographically orientated work for a host of publications including Port and The New York Times Magazine, where he works alongside Design director Gail Bichler (profiled in the Reputations interview by Sarah Snaith in Eye 96).

Bichler and art director Matt Willey. Photo: Damon Winter.


• Serge Ricco will be showing his redesign of l’Obs magazine as well as sharing his collection of rare archive magazines from across Europe (see ‘Liberté, egalité, typography’ in Eye 97).

Special issue of l’Obs to celebrate the événements of 1968. Art director Serge Ricco.

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• Bertie Brandes will be talking about her work with Richard Turley on his Civilization newspaper (see Simon Esterson’s interview with Turley about Bloomberg Businessweek in Eye 80).

Bloomberg Businessweek cover, 23 May 2011. Creative director Richard Turley told Grids, the Society of Publication Designers (SPD) blog: ‘A cover should just be surprising … I’m happy if it looks a little removed from what people would imagine a business magazine to look like.’ Cover image: Gordon Magnin.


• Jody Quon will show how photos have the power to change the world, with examples from her role as New York magazine’s photography director (see Eye 96).

New York magazine, 27 July – 9 August 2015. Portraits: Amanda Demme. This influential cover was the result of months of research and writing initiated by photography director Jody Quon, who cold-called six of the women who had come forward to accuse comedian Bill Cosby of assault. After publication, the vacant seat on the cover inspired the hashtag, #theemptychair, a symbol for yet unheard victims of sexual assault. See ‘Looking at magazines looking at themselves’.


• In ‘Browsing, or reading’, the Critique column in Eye 92, Rick Poynor considers magCulture’s role in the global resurgence of indie magazines. ‘Leslie takes obvious pride,’ writes Poynor, ‘in making titles available that cannot be found anywhere else in London. He specially imported copies of The California Sunday Magazine, which is brilliantly designed, and he has a pile of back issues of ILIntelligence in Lifestyle – from Italy, which cites 1960s trailblazers such as Town and Twen as influences.’

The magCulture shop in Clerkenwell. Photograph: Owen Richards.


Book tickets to magCulture Live here.

Complete list of speakers for magCulture Live.


Read more about the conference speakers here.

Eye 96 and 97, magazine special issues part one and part two.


Order the bundle of Eye’s magazine design special issues Eye 96 and Eye 97 here.

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Eye is the world’s most beautiful and collectable graphic design journal, published quarterly for professional designers, students and anyone interested in critical, informed writing about graphic design and visual culture. It is available from all good design bookshops and online at the Eye shop, where you can buy subscriptions and single issues. You can see what Eye 98 looks like at Eye Before You Buy on Vimeo.