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The team narrowly missed out last year to Slimming World but last night n by Norwegian was named as Customer Magazine of the Year in the prestigious 2015 PPA awards. This is a huge accolade as these are the most prestigious awards in the UK magazine publishing industry. Norwegian beat out a shortlist that included British Airway’s High LifeWaitrose Kitchen and Slimming World. Winners in other categories on the night included Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Porter Magazine, Jamie and The Big Issue, so we’re in good company. Former Ink employee Darren Endicott was awarded Designer of the Year (Business Media) for his work on Professional Manager magazine. Well earned congratulations to Toby Skinner, Rickard Westin, Mandi Keighran, Omer Ali and Regina Wolek. (Posted by AndrewH)

More Norwegian (potential) glory

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N by Norwegian has been shortlisted in the 2015 PPA Awards in two categories including Best Cover (see above), in which it is up against Crumbs, Time Out, Shortlist, Radio Times, GQ, Elle, Red, The Big Issue and Country Life. Go here at once and give it your vote.

N by Norwegian is also up for Customer Magazine of the Year against the likes of High Life, Waitrose Kitchen and last year’s winner Slimming World. (Posted by AndrewH)

Rhapsody rhapsodised

The Society of Publications of Designers in America has just announced its Merit Awards, which include three gongs for Rhapsody, the premium cabin magazine produced by Ink for United Airlines. They are for last June’s DeNiro cover, September’s Lenny Kravitz and December’s Emily Blunt photo story. Congratulations to the team: editors Jordan Heller, Sean Manning, Hunter R Slaton and Erin Brady, design director Christos Hannides and photo editor Jessie Adler.

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Rhapsody is also in contention for gold and silver medals for the photo stories with Robert DeNiro and Christina Hendricks, up against the likes of Bloomberg Businessweek, Fast Company, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and Wired. An easy win then. The winners will be announced at the 50th SPD Awards Gala on Friday 1 May. (Posted by AndrewH)

110 in 5*

Christmas came early this year (well, today) as the Asian Publishing Awards announced its list of winners for 2014. A total of 10 awards have been given to Ink Singapore titles, bringing the tally of awards won in the last five years to 110 *(thanks to Hamish for that stat). Wins came in two categories — the Gold Award and the Excellence Award —and if you want to see who won what, just keep scrolling down. Congratulations, everybody, what a great way to close 2014. (Posted by Tara Sering)

Jetstar Asia, Gold Award for Best Use of Illustration

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Scoot, Gold Award for Best Editorial Brand Projection

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Smile for Cebu Pacific Airlines, Gold Award for Best Wellness Feature

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Smile for Cebu Pacific Airlines, Gold Award for Best Use of Typography

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Jetstar Asia July 2014, Excellence Award for Best Cover Design

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Scoot, Excellence Award for Best Cover Design

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Fah Thai‘s “Welcome to the Punch”, Excellence Award for Best Photo Documentary

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Tiger Tales for Tigerair’s “Aloha, Taiwan”, Excellence Award for Best Use of Illustration

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Fah Thai, Excellence Award for Best Use of Illustration

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Tiger Tales for Tigerair’s “On the road again”, Excellence Award for Best Use of Illustration

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Second only to slimming

Last Thursday, 10 July, Rickard Westin, art director of N by Norwegian, and myself, the magazine’s editor, went to the PPA Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel and just about succeeded in not disgracing ourselves. The PPA for those who don;t know is the Professional Publishers Assocation and it is the UK’s grand publishing body.

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It was a really fun night, if slightly more formal than the BSME Awards. Claudia Winkelman was a lively if slightly too polished presenter; there was a warm, funny video piece about the eccentric late publisher Felix Dennis; and a nice speech from Michael Heseltine, who was very amusing on Felix Dennis. Otherwise, think distinguished gentlemen in tuxedos and 45-quid bottles of house wine – though horrifyingly, no goodie bags.

A nice touch was that winners were serenaded by personalised theme songs – business columnist of the year Sally Donovan, for example, got a bit of ‘So Sally can wait’ from Oasis. Sadly we never got to hear a snatch of Norwegian Wood. However, we were compensated by the honour of being “highly commended” (ie second) in the Customer Magazine of the Year.

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We were beaten, incidentally, by the almighty Slimming World, a juggernaut of real-life weight loss stories (we were too distracted to hear their song). Would you rather read about how to lose three stone in six weeks or about bull’s testicle whips and severed fish heads (all in the August issue of N by Norwegian)? Actually, don’t answer that. (Posted by Toby Skinner)

Whoohoo!

Held last night at the Hilton on Park Lane, the annual BSME awards is the Oscars of the British magazine publishing world. All the great and good of the industry come out to slap each other on the back. This year, among the inevitable line-up of mags from the likes of Conde Nast, Associated Newspapers, Hearst and Bauer, Ink received a record three nominations. And, on the night, two of those were winners.

Congratulations to Chris Deacon, who beat off competition from a strong field including High Life, the FT Weekend Magazine and titles from Haymarket and Associated Newspapers, among others, to pick up the award for Best Art Director (Consumer titles). And Toby Skinner and Rickard Westin, the team behind n by Norwegian, won Launch of the Year beating out the Mail on Sunday’s Event and ShortList Media’s Mr Hyde. Although not a winner, congratulations also due to Simon Kurs and the easyJet team for the feat of even being nominated for the very tough category of Best Consumer Magazine.

We have a winner

The results of the first annual Ink London Creative Awards are in for the best cover category.

An impressive total of 113 Ink employees voted for their three favourite covers. I awarded three points for everybody’s 1st favourite, two points for their 2nd and one point for their 3rd. That’s a total of 678 points awarded in all. Here are the top five:

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1. Metropolitan 158 pts
2. n by Norwegian  136 pts
3. EasyJet Traveller  79 pts
4. Gulf Life  70 pts
5. PrivatAir  45 pts

Just bubbling under where Wizz (35pts), bSpirit (28pts) and JetAway (25pts). But Metropolitan and Norwegian were the overwhelming favourites, between them scooping up not far off half of all votes cast. Over two thirds of everybody who voted, included Metropolitan as one of their three choices.

Congratulations to the Metropolitan team of Chris Deacon (art director), Marie-Noëlle Bauer (editor) and Elizabeth Winding (deputy editor) – also to Christos Hannides, currently art directing Hemispheres in New York, but who had the original idea for the cover.

Expect to see a lot more glittery lips on Ink covers in the future. (Posted by AndrewH)

Ink London Creative Awards: Best Cover

Here at Ink London we’re hosting our inaugural annual Creative Awards. One of the two categories is “best cover”. We have 15 magazines up for consideration and each team has been asked to select its favourite cover produced for that title over the last 12 months (July 2012 to June 2013). The nominations are below and the results of our internal voting will be posted first week of July.

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APEX, February 2013

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bSpirit, Jan-Feb 2013, relaunch issue

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easyJet Traveller, December 2012, the knitted cover

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Germanwings, 2013, April-May-June 2013

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Gulf Life, December 2012, the Paris paper-cut hat

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J Magazine, April-May 2013, the ‘you rang m’lord’ issue

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JetAway, July-August 2012, the big lemon issue

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Let’s Go with Ryanair, June 2013, the hot 25 issue

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Metropolitan, April 2013, the sexy lips issue

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N by Norwegian, April 2013, the Scream in a bed issue

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Privatair, Winter 2012, the Six Feet Under issue

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Thomas Cook Travel, summer 2013, the ice lolly issue

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Voyager, August 2012, the Paul Merton issue

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Wizz, April-May 2013, the Warsaw burger issue

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