There are plenty of independent cycling mags out there, but few motorcycle mags (Australia’s Head Full of Snakes is the only one that comes to mind), so it’s good to see Esses turn up promising a fresh look at motorbikes and associated culture.
One very distinct genre of new magazine is the website/blog print spin-off. Various smaller blogs – including this one – have experimented with print, while others have made significant inroads into regular publishing (It’s Nice That, Freund von Freunden, Slanted etc). This new example is particularly interesting, as the apparent death of the music magazine has been, in part, blamed on the rise of online music coverage. And when people talk about online music writing they generally mean Pitchfork, a site that’s been reviewing music online for 17 years now.
It’s been a busy old end of the year here at magCulture, so apologies for the lack of magazine reviews recently. I’m not planning an end-of-2013 review, but sometime contributor Andrew Losowsky has been delving into the year’s posts to compile an overview of highlights and I hope to get something a little more forward-looking up over the holidays. But if I were to note some highlights, this final Magazine of the Week of 2013 would be among them.
As a long-time follower of Helsinki’s Kasino Creative Studio it’s a pleasure to highlight their latest publication, FAT. That’s both Finnish Art Today and Famous Art tomorrow, typically light hearted linguistic touches that sum up this exciting new magazine. The name also reflects the physical presence of the new project. Compared to their first project, the sadly missed Kasino A4, it is indeed fat.
I’ve noted here before how exciting it is to see Colors reborn under editor-in-chief Patrick Waterhouse, and his talk at the Modern Magazine conference only underlined the thought that goes into the magazine these days. The latest issue, titled ‘Looking at Art’, is another excellent piece of magazine making.
The art direction and design of Germany’s Zeit Magazin, the weekly supplement to the daily Die Zeit newspaper, has long been a visual treat for visitors to Germany. Yet as editor Christoph Amend says in his letter introducing this new international edition, people have long told him they love they design but ‘I wish I could read it’. With the arrival of this quarterly english-language edition their wish has come true.
Australia has earned a reputation for good food and wine, so it’s no surprise to find the country produces a good few magaiznes covering these subjects. The latest addition is Alquimie, promising ‘Perioidic research & analysis of wine & beverage culture’.
Picking mono.kultur as magazine of the week may seem a little predictable, it’s been selected before and I’ve written and spoken about the magazine plenty of times here and elsewhere. But even by its own high standards, this new issue is very strong.
1 Granary is a celebration of London’s Central Saint Martins art school, a large-format perfect-bound collection of 194 pages that brings to life the past and present of the school as it settles into its new home at 1 Granary Place in Kings Cross. It’s a massively ambitious project that succeeds despite some obvious flaws.