So that was magRush. Hope you enjoyed the 25 magazines, and interested to know what your favourites were. Nobody comments on blogs anymore, but go on, drop your favourite mag in the reply field. Or tweet it using #magRush.
And thanks, as ever, for reading. Review the entire magRush here.
Meanwhile, if you’re in Amsterdam come and say hi this afternoon. I’ll be at Spui 25, opposite the Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum store from 5pm talking about The Modern Magazine.
This is an extraordinary magazine, some people might invoke the ‘bookazine’ word it’s so bookish. As usual, I shall resist that temptation The Alpine Review is magazine through and through, just a very busy, full one. Despite the name it’s based in Montreal – the name refers to reaching the heights, something it does constantly as it jumps from a profile of the School of Life to an interview with new Fabrica CEO Dan Hill and on to a discussion of organisational transformation.
It’s in-depth, intelligent and fascinating in its scope. A highlight is this collage/poetry combination by editor Louis-Jacques Darveau that encompasses native indians, Shackleton and Don Draper (below), but like almost everything present nothing is typical of the content. A very special magazine to end this magRush.
Another Escape launched earlier this year and number two has just been published. Like last time, it’s divided into four distinct sections – Inspiration, Exploration, Process and Response – and uses these to deal with different aspects of the extraordinary in the ordinary. Octopuses, rehabilitating old machines, beekeeping and the revival of the tango all make appearances as editors Rachel and Jody spread their net wide. A personal highlight is this story about coffee preparation (below). Another Escape is a very gentle, quiet magazine that deserves your attention.
Where to start with Monika? An art journal where nobody is named or credited, and everything is done in the name of Monika, it’s an experiment in magazine making that repays consideration but will be hard work for the casual reader. Such anonymity allows every story to veer in its own direction, every page to change design and look different. I find it really exciting and frustrating in equal parts, with extreme highs and lows. A significant high is the set of illustrated reported stories of feral children – I’d loev to know who did those artworks. then there’s the piece about imaginary (?) herbal remedies (below), which is presented like a pastiche forties magazine.
This is exactly the type of magazine that people who don’t get that print is here to stay need to read. The simple idea of Kennedy is this: a paperback-book sized collection of great content, billed as a journal of curiousities which really means editors Chris and Angelo can print whatever they fancy. The opening quote from GK Chesterton explains all, ‘There is no such thing as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninteretsing person.’ Expect obscure Greek bookshops, a little fashion, producer Andrew Weatherall, Ed Ruscha’s son Eddie and maore across the 164 pages. They also reproduce a piece by Chesterton from 1927 (below).
A curious name for a curious magazine; Pinholet (a made-up word based on pinhole, as in the experimental camera) is a small-format, impeccably produced new magazine that looks at a different region each issue through the eyes of a group of like-minded creatives. This issue deals with Hong Kong, and features the paper copies of real items available in the territory to accompany you after death; a New Yorker who launched a tailors in HK; a look at Chinese letterpress (below) and much, much more.
The magazine shares many of the traits of today’s indie magazines: a small format, matt paper, monochrome type… we know the routine. But it’s all so perfectly formed you can forgive these commonalities. The design and art direction has a lovely light touch, and puts many superficially similar looking magazines to shame.
Published from Maastricht’s Van Eyck art centre, the new Van Eyck magazine is challenging in many ways. It takes the form of a series of smaller parts, some single sheets and some bound, that cover ongoing email exchanges between exhibitors, gallerists and others from the arts centre. The whole thing comes apart to create a melange of text and image that can be read and linked as the reader wishes. It’s as much about the making of the magazine as it is about events at the gallery, and even veers into current affairs and the venue’s history. A really interesting experiment.
Article, simply, is a very very well-made magazine. Beautifully presented and produced, creative director/publisher Kenny Ho and art director Rosy Tsai pour their efforts into every part of the magazine-making process to create a magazine that can carry nostalgia, contemporary fashion, interviews with hidden but vital modern influences (Howard Tangye from CSM) as well as cover star Aidan Turner. Hugely unassuming, Article is very very special and well worth getting hold of. I loved this accessories shoot featuring items ‘lost’ in a scene (below).
Two things to attract my attention… a magazine that changes form every issue, while clearly being great fun to make. Boktor ticks both boxes. Published rom Belgium, editors Jeroen and Debby invite submissions on a theme and then publish an issue in a suitable format. For this second issue they invented an island – Bouy – and shared the back story of the creation of a new country. The resulting newspaper shares the ensuing nonsense, with work from artists, poets and other creatives.
The next issue is now under way – ‘No Regerts’ will celebrate the regrettable tattoo.
Most design magazines are about design as a very closed specific endeavour. Works that Work not only seeks to break this world open, relating design to everyday experience and placing it in the real world, it has sets out to redesign the magazine business model. From its crowd-sourced start to its experiments with international distribution, editor/publisher has sought to change the ways magazines work. This applies to the editorial content too; his editor}s letter skillfully links seemingly disparate stories into one chain of events. Starting with the toilet system at Schipol Airport, via the Jumbo Jet (originally designed to carry cargo) and on to the standard global container box (below), it’s a clever way of linking content.