I remember first seeing Flow in Amsterdam; it’s originally a Dutch magazine, and is notable for the positioning of its logo on the front cover (floating in the centre of the page) and the production tricks used throughout each issue. I had no idea what it was really about, though.
With the recent launch of this English-language edition it’s suddenly clear what Flow is about; it’s about paper. As such it aligns itself neatly with the whole arts and crafts Etsy thing that’s been going on for the last few years.
Acido Surtido is a 650 x 950mm fold-out publication from Argentina. The large single sheet folds down to 32 panels, each 160 x 235mm and filled with an artwork by invited contributors working to a theme. For this recent issue the theme was ‘Plane’, and each of the 2,000 copies featured a custom cover addition by artist Sael, using coloured tapes. Here are three examples.
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The Modernist is a quarterly title about twentieth century architecture and design. Published from Manchester, it takes a northern view of (mainly) British municipal modernism: York’s Theatre Royal extension, Liverpool’s Lewis’s department store and a Nottinghamshire branch of Little Chef. A rare look abroad features the Czech pavilion from Expo ’58 (below). The 30-page issue also takes a look at Sheffield-born David Mellor’s ‘Thrift’ cutlery design.
Anyone questioning the continued interest in designing and making magazines should check into this strand over the next few days on magCulture. We’ll be clearing the pile of ‘must-mention’ magazines here in the studio, running through a selection that have sat awaiting attention for too long. Plenty of great work – enjoy!
MagRush kicks off tomorrow, Wednesday, morning and ends Friday evening. We’ll squeeze as many mags as possible into that time.
Here in London it barely feels cold enough to be winter – after last years big freeze it’s strangely warm here. Thank you Monocle, then, for reminding us of the season with the arrival of their latest tabloid. The third in the biannual series returns to the alps and provides news for the ski season. Assuming there’s actually some snow…
Thank you everyone who joined us in celebrating magazines over the past year – whether sending in projects to be shared or reading our posts. There’s a seemingly endless stream of new publications to write about and an ever-increasing audience interested in them.
Over the holidays we’ll have more magRush posts, then normal service will resume in January when we’ll also have exciting news of our plans for 2012.
I was handed the launch issue of this 130pp tome at the last Printout! night. It’s All in the Delivery is a lovely piece of print – bound in unfinished rough card, featuring several different types of paper though its pages and a fifth colour orange ink throughout. The editors approached friends with the title and asked them to respond – future issues will have different themes as their titles.
Content in this debut issue includes the story behind wartime distribution of Penguin paperbacks across the globe; a piece about trucking movies; a photographic record of the daily delivery of pineapples to a Mayfair nightclub; a look at how western designers act as ‘design tourists’, tracking down small creative studios and commissioning them. Good content, well presented. Can’t wait for the next issue.