Dodo first came to attention as a one-off publication hidden at the end of a treasure hunt. I never quite got my head round that, but I guess it was a publicity drive for the actual magazine. Billed as ‘Your own private haunted house’ this is a kids magazine packed with an extraordinary mix of things, from comic strips to weird recipes (published for Halloween it features another brain cake, the last for today, I promise!) via longer written stories about failing themeparks and deadly mushrooms. Aimed at a post-Anorak age group, I’m not sure how well-focused it is but it’s a visual treat, one of those magazines with something new to find every visit. The issue is split in half with a flipped cover (side A and Side B, nicely old school) and a pull-out poster of a dodo.
I first saw Vestoj when Andrew Losowsky brought a copy in to The Stack studio. It’s a small paperback book-sized magazine (this is issue three) about fashion that describes itself as ‘The Journal of Sartorial Matters’ and is published from France. Which might lead you to certain assumptions, but this is a far more academic project than your typical fashion mag. This issue, themed ‘Shame’ deals with issues often ignored in the fashion press: body image, fetishism and shame. All well researched, well written and important, but what’s great is it cares about the design of the material. This is the best-looking academic research publication I’ve ever seen, with different paper stocks, a tear-open centre section and flouro ink. It uses photography well too, and even includes a few of Scott King’s ‘Sink US Vogue’ covers.
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 V&A Magazine team have been busy with their front cover again. To tie in with two current exhibitions the team have produced a pair of covers; the one on the left is the rarer copy, and it features in the second cover (right) being read by an actor posing as the fictional character Norman Swann. Swann is the supposed inhabitant of Elmgreen & Dragset’s installation ‘Tomorrow’. The installation consists of a grand apartment slipped among the museum’s galleries.
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’.
A quick break from holiday to share the new cover of Wired UK, published this week. It’s been developed in collaboration with designer Thomas Heatherwick and his studio (Heatherwick also features on the front cover, shot by Olaf Blecker). Art director Andrew Diprose explains, ‘Heatherwick wanted something textural and hand-made’ and the result is a a soft touch varnish with a high-gloss splatter pattern across it, reflecting the issue’s focus on materials and making. I haven’t had a chance to touch it yet, but I want to. Heatherwick has also curated a feature on ‘makers’, and the stencil typography is by Studio Oswald.
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After the jump, the iPad edition front page.
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.
Rolling Stone has courted controversy with their front cover ‘starring’ the Boston Bomber suspect. It’s fascinating to see a magazine cover cause such angst, and follows Bloomberg Businessweek being called for racism and Port for sexism. Best piece to date on RS from a publishing angle comes from Andy Cowles, though a large serving of overreaction needs to be acknowledged too. Anyone actually read the profile inside yet?
Ironic timing given the current UK weather, but the shoe-drying kit for cyclists is a cute idea from Newspaper Club and cycling brand Vulpine. Next, a link-up with a fish and chips shop.
Wallpaper* announce their annual Handmade issue.
Since its 2005 launch Little White Lies has been a flagbearer for independent publishing. Universally respected (and awarded) for its use of illustration, its equally strong editorial vision has sometimes been overlooked, yet both aspects mark the magazine out as special. Following the departure of its design team, the latest issue is guest art directed by Rob Lowe, who under the name Supermundane is a respected artist, illustrator and editorial designer. Other magazines bearing his name read like a history of independent publishing, and include Sleaze, Good for Nothing, Anorak and Fire & Knives. Here he looks ahead at his week and reflects on designing Little White Lies.
This week is a big one for Tim Milne, the man behind format-defying magazine Container; after months of hard work the first issue is released. A limited edition box containing ten objects created around the theme ‘Hot and Cold’, Container is a logical extension of Tim’s day-to-day role running print consultancy Artomatic. Ten artists and designers came up with the ideas, and Tim then sourced the parts and producers. The result is a fascinating set of conceptual pieces that together test the idea of what a magazine is. Here he shares some of the process behind the project and looks ahead at launch week.