MagDesigner has a new home!

July 4, 2010

New home for MagDesigner.net

If you’re reading this, then you shouldn’t be. You see, this here blog is now old hat. It has been magically turned into www.MagDesigner.net

It’s bigger, better and a lot more blue. There are all the usual news stories and eMag round ups, but now the with the edition of platform reviews, eMag reviews, glossary and features with lots more content coming over the months.

It really is your one stop shop for all things to do with digital magazines.

This WordPress blog will more than likely be ignored from now on (you’ve been good to me though…)

So, get yer ass over there, bookmark it, subscribe, get rss feeds and remember to tell your friends about!

Click HERE!


eMag Roundup! The web’s best digital magazines this month…

March 17, 2010


Everyone’s favorite contract publisher Redwood have recently unveiled a couple of brilliant contract eMags. First up is a new issue of Zoom Zoom the eMag made on behalf of Mazda. Published using eDition it showcases brilliantly how digital magazines can use interactivity to strengthen a brand and create a unique reader experience:

Zoom Zoom

Next up is the totally awesome Esprit eMag. Launched simultaneously in eight different countries and several different languages (a world first). Esprit is a new take on the eMag format, ditching the traditional facing pages aspect like a print mag and going for something much more contemporary. It rocks. One of the best examples of how this medium can be used to great benefit in a bid to advertise a brand and involve readers. Excellent photography, good editorial content and ideas and nice design. Also launched on the eDition platform, a testament to the versatility of their platform and developers.

Esprit eMag
Esprit website

Dennis Publishing have also launched a new issue of Sky Magazine Live a contract title for the overpriced television provider. Published on the Ceros platform it’s a nice magazine with tones of animation and interactivity. The video content is especially good, one of Dennis’ strong point is it’s in house video team that churn out some really great videos across multiple brands. The design is a bit too complicated, some pages are just overflowing, and it can be difficult to read at times but generally it’s a good eMag.

Sky Magazine Live

Claret and Blue I like. It’s made by a small team, it’s not too over the top and serves it’s purpose very well. Again published on eDition, it’s a bit garish and basic but is a great example of how eMags can serve sports magazines…

Claret and Blue


MagDesigner lecture at this years SOF

March 16, 2010

This years SOF (Slovenian Advertising Festival to us uneducated English speakers) kicks off next week. Amongst a host of top class speakers will be me! MagDesigner will be giving a 30 minute lecture on the future of digital magazine publishing, giving a unique and no doubt colorful insight into eMag publishing, specifically how to make them and how to make money from them.

So if you’re in the area, or if you’re bored and fancy a trip, hop on your good foot and get to Slovenia. It’s cheap to get there, they are the nicest people you could meet, the food is outrageously good and it’s as pretty as a picture.

I am speaking on Thursday 24th March at 2.15pm. Be there or be, er, somewhere else…

If you are going and want to meet up feel free to email me at editor@magdesigner.net

Visit the SOF website


New eMags from Mazda and Barclays

February 24, 2010

As one title gets stored in a bleak garage (iMotor) 2 new eMags have sprung up in it’s place. Redwood have just launched Zoom Zoom USA, the American edition of their very good Mazda contract title. Also Barclays bank have launched Smart Living, another very well made eMag. Both titles have been published using the excellent eDition publishing software and platform.

Check ’em out for yourself:

Zoom Zoom
Smart Living

Visit eDition at this years Publishing Expo (see below)


Publishing Expo starts today!

February 24, 2010

Drop you linen and stop your grinnin, today sees the start of the UK’s Publishing Expo.

Taking place in the sunny suburb of Hammersmith the two day expo is chock full of print and digital goodness. With companies like eDtion showing off cool stuff and more seminars than you shake a stick at, the show will be hugely beneficial for anyone interested in the world of eMags.

Check out their site here!
Check out the free eMag here!


Dennis Publishing “Close” iMotor

February 22, 2010

In a rather sad move Dennis Publishing today announced the closure of its eMag – iMotor. Well, maybe closure isn’t the right word, as iMotor will continue to publish “sponsored editions, that coincide with major launches or significant motoring events and shows”. It seems they are staying away from using the word “close” since it was such a popular brand and still has some legs, or wheels left on it.

Launched 24 issues ago shortly after the launch of iGizmo, iMotor made a big impact on both the motoring market and the eMag market. Becoming instantly loved by a shed load of readers iMotor was chock full of awesome interactivity; with games, quizzes excellent video reviews and a whole host of great digital content that no other consumer title could even think about competing against. iMotor was an excellent example of how an eMag should be made and it’s such a shame that it has closed before the masses took notice of it.

It’s decline has been put down to a “downturn in the motoring industry as a whole but we have also found it hard to convince manufacturers to make full use of the creative environment that a digital magazine offers” says Pete Wootton, MD of Dennis Interactive. This is a problem that all consumer eMag publishers face but it’s not all doom and gloom, the two other Dennis eMags Monkey and iGizmo have proven hugely successful as have the multitude of contract titles that have come from within the Dennis walls.

So it’s the end of an era for one title, but the birth of a new one as more and more people take to digital publishing and iPad magazines.

Check out the current, and last issue of iMOTOR


Wired iPad Magazine video thing

February 17, 2010

Following on from the story below, Adobe yesterday released the above video looking at their involvement with Condé Nast’s Wired magazine. I think this looks ace. Maybe not quite as slick as the Sports Illustrated demo seen last year but easily the best thing we’ve seen on the iPad.

Will Condé Nast roll all their titles out like this? I’d bet my last Rolo GQ will be released shortly after Wired and hopefully Vogue as well, it’s photography would look sweeeet on an iPad.

Interesting thing is it’s built by Adobe no doubt using Flash and then exported to iPad. But the good thing is Flash CS5 can also export to AIR, making it a viable eMag solution for other tablets and computers without the need for Flash browser support.

There are over 50 magazine titles already available for the iPad, and it’s not even on the market yet. There are also strong rumors that a dedicated iMagazine store may still be coming to the iPad after it’s launch and with it, a standard digital format for magazines (like .epub for books).

In the meantime Wired looks set to rule the iPad in terms of digital magazines. And that’s exactly what you’d expect from them, hats off to you.


www.wired.com