Mark Porter

Editorial design

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Studio Culture

September 24th, 2009

Tony Brook (of Spin) has kindly sent me a copy of “Studio Culture”, the first book from his and Adrian Shaughnessy’s new publishing venture Unit Editions. Read the rest of this entry »

Getting things right

June 3rd, 2009

One of the reasons I’ve been so quiet recently is that I’ve just finished a 416 page book for the River Café. When you do a book like this, the publisher is officially your client, but it’s the author you have to satisfy. The River Café authors have very strong opinions, and I’ve probably compromised more with them than I have on any other project, beacuse it’s their book, I respect their opinions (up to a point) and I know that it will never come out if I don’t. But what makes it really exhausting is that they have a work style which Ive encountered a lot over the years — they will not stop changing things until the job ships. Read the rest of this entry »

Beautiful paper typography…

December 8th, 2008

…in today’s G2. By Yulia Brodskaya, commissioned by G2 art director Richard Turley. Amazing

The man who invented New York

July 7th, 2008

Lots of great stuff on the founding and glory days of New York magazine in the current issue, a tribute after the death last week of original proprietor and editor Clay Felker. You can read it all on the website, and there’s a gallery of classic Felker/Glaser covers too

Form & content (danger: quasi-philosophical speculations)

May 8th, 2008

I’m currently preparing a talk for the Crash 2008 news design seminar in Copenhagen later in the month, and I’m making a real effort to collect and synthesise my thoughts about what editorial design means in the digital world. These ideas have been evolving over the last year or so, and are constantly developing as I read and talk to some of the great designers around the world I’m lucky enough to meet and spend time with. Read the rest of this entry »

“Curating the world of style”

April 10th, 2008

A great pair of talks last night at the new(ish) London Editorial Design Organisation.

First up, Jonathan Hoefler spoke eloquently and wittily about his typography work. But for the magazine freaks, the big attraction was Janet Froelich’s presentation on the incomparable T, the New York Times Style Magazine (you can see some of her slides from a different occasion here). Janet began by emphasising that the essence of magazine work is collaboration, which became a theme throughout the talk; collaboration with her editor Stefano Tonchi; with her contributing photographers and artists; and between the photographers and stylists and their subjects. It was a strong reminder of something that I bore my designers senseless by repeating; being a good Art Director is 5% about ideas and design, and 95% about working successfully with other people. Read the rest of this entry »

Drawling & stretching

April 8th, 2008

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In the last few weeks I’ve had the privilege of sitting in on front page meetings at O Estado de Sao Paulo in Brazil and the New York Times . Although they vary in scale and gravitas — the NYT’s hallowed Page One meeting is a bit like attending a session of the Supreme Court — these meetings are pretty much the same the world over, and in most cases they end up with the same result; the discussion is condensed down into an art director’s sketch on a grid sheet. To me this feels like a charming archaism; for some time now the front page of the Guardian has been assembled directly on screen. There are reasons why this works for us but not for O Estado or the Times; the Guardian has a five-column grid which limits the number of possible configurations, and we make our pages in a customised version of InDesign which is very quick and flexible compared to the front end of the NYT’s CCI system. Read the rest of this entry »