‘Place’ has been a healthy starting point for a good few magCulture favourites. From Karen’s close-up stories built on her local friends and community to Boat’s wandering production studio, location is a strong source of character and identity. Emphasising the relationship with their surroundings can be the catalyst to explore and develop that editorial character. Berlins’s Der Wedding does so in an even more formal manner; named after one of the poorer, immigrant-populated districts of the city, it started life recording life in that specific area before latterly looking more broadly at everyday life in the city of Berlin. But if Boat deals with an entire city each issue, and Der Wedding takes on an area or theme of Berlin, new launch Flaneur zeroes in even more tightly. It is strictly one street per issue.
This is the third issue of London-based LAW, but the first I’ve seen and I’m already excited to see the first two issues. The limited edition (x500) magazine is edited by John Holt, who describes it as being ‘for those who can appreciate and relate to the stylistic value of real everyday Britain.’
Two things make a good magazine – presentation and content. Many magazine will be good at one or the other, the best combine the two elements. Perdiz is one such magazine. Its second issue has just landed, promising further proof that ‘Happiness is Contagious’.
Barely a week goes by without another blog publishing a print edition, but not all are as successful as this example from the Austin-based Under Consideration network of blogs. U.C.Quarterly reproduces material from Speak Up, Brand New, Quipsologies, The Design Encyclopedia, Word It, and FPO in 48-page summary form.
Oh sweet irony – it’s a printed magazine about web development and design. The cleverly titled Offscreen unashamedly meets the irony head on, editor Kai Brach explaining in his introduction to the issue that the magazine is the result of his desire to have a more ‘palpable interation with content’. He describes his fellow digital specialists as having lost touch with the human side of digital. What better way to get back in touch with that than print?
Wrap is a new magazine that once read can be used to wrap gifts. If last Autumn’s first issue was a little too much like wrapping paper – it was really just a pack of giftwrap with articles on the back side of the sheets – issue two has tilted the balance back in favour of editorial.
Article has been around for a couple of years in Sheffield. It was launched by students Alasdair Hisccock and Ben Dunmore as a local alternative to the ‘barren landscape of free magazines about property, cars, home improvement, and awful local music’. They wanted to make something that respected the intelligence of its readers, and in the process prove that free magazines needn’t be rubbish. Judging from this issue (the fourteenth), they’ve more than proved that.
Dutch architecture magazine Mark has some great typographic touches in it’s latest issue, designed by Lesley Moore. The mix of straight Futura Bold and adaptations of the font characters works well visually, and the careful choice of which letters use the adapted version of the font is intelligent. Note how the same three characters – C, A, E – are highlighted here: