Wednesday, 10:00am
22 May 2019

More mags in Manhattan

The second Modern Magazine conference in New York City, boasting a glittering line-up of indie and mainstream talent, is just days away

The second annual one-day ModMagNYC will take place on Wednesday 29 May 2019 at Parsons School of Design in New York. (Eye is a media partner for both this and the next ModMag conference in London, on 7 November 2019.)

Magazine design and publishing has long been an important area of coverage for Eye: in fact we recently devoted two whole issues to the subject, Eye 96 and Eye 97. If you don’t alread have these editions, you can now buy them as a special ‘bundle offer’ from the Eye shop.

The audience at the first ModMagNYC conference in 2018.


The conference line-up include designers Veronica Ditting (The Gentlewoman) and Nicholas Blechman (The New Yorker), author Ian Birch (whose Uncovered: Revolutionary Magazine Covers is reviewed in Eye 97) and New York magazine photography director Jody Quon (known for the ‘empty chair’ photoshoot, among many achievements, see Eye 96 editorial), among many others.

June 2018 cover for The California Sunday Magazine, with windows shattered by a lone gunman in Las Vegas. Photo: Joshua Dudley Greer.


Co-founder and editor Douglas McGray will speak about live magazine show Pop-Up Magazine and the unique distribution method for The California Sunday Magazine. See Patrick Baglee’s article ‘Tales from the West Coast’ in Eye 97.

Glamour’s creative director Nathalie Kirsheh will discuss the magazine’s shift to digital-only.


94 [8000 One-Offs], Adrian Harrison’s short documentary about the making of the 8000 numbered variable data covers for Eye 94, will have its NYC première, introduced by magCulture’s Jeremy Leslie. Designers MuirMcNeil have recently made a series of posters based on their design for the Eye cover (see ‘Pleasure in the poster’ on the Eye blog.

A short preview of 94 [8000 One-Offs], Adrian Harrison’s film of the Eye 94 variable data cover being printed and bound at Pureprint.

Put A Egg On It, a small-format Brooklyn-based biannual magazine, printed throughout on green stock, was founded in 2008 by S. F. Keough and Ralph McGinnis. Cover photograph for no. 3, 2011, by Amos Mac.


Co-editor and art director Ralph McGinnis will talk about food zine Put A Egg On It alongside Beth Wilkinson, the founder of biannual culture and place magazine Lindsay, and Rod Stanley, the editor of Good Trouble, his self-published call for political action.

See ‘Raw like sushi’ in Eye 87, Sarah Snaith’s article about alternative food zines, as well as ‘Taking care of business’, Simon Esterson’s interview with Good Trouble’s art director Richard Turley, in Eye 80.

Cover for Good Trouble no. 22, edited by Rod Stanley and art directed by Richard Turley.


Gal-dem’s deputy editor Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff will discuss how the magazine, which provides a platform for women and non-binary people of colour, was born from frustration at the lack of diversity in media.

Cover for Gal-dem, ‘The secrets issue’.


Nicholas Blechman (The New Yorker) who spoke at the 2017 ModMag conference in London, and will speak at ModMagNYC in 2019.


Ahead of the ModMag NYC conference, the magCulture team is doing a MagMagMag pop-up shop collaboration with Vitsoe at 17 West 8th Street until 1 June, when there will be a panel discussion at Brooklyn’s A/D/O shop about ‘the future of editorial design’.

Tickets for ModMagNYC are available here.
ModMagLDN will return to Conway Hall on 7 November.

To read about previous ModMag events, see ‘ModMag17: Part one’ and ‘ModMag17: Part two’ on the Eye blog.

Eye 96/97 magazine special issues ‘bundle offer’. Articles about California Sunday magazine, Town, Gail Bichler, Spare Rib, ZEITmagazin and Anatomy of a magazine’.


MagMagMag pop-up shop.


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.