We start the new week with art director and photographer Kai von Rabenau. After studying graphics in London at Central St. Martins, Kai moved back to Berlin and founded independent interview magazine mono.kultur. Every issue is given over to a single interview with one artist. Ten years later, we join him as the 37th edition of mono.kultur is about to be published, the long-planned James Nachtwey issue.
I’ve taken to describing what we do here at magCulture – on the blog/writing side of things – as propaganda. It’s partly tongue-in-cheek, yet it’s true that so much is written elsewhere about failure in magazine publishing that the good news (that people still make beautiful, striking and innovative publications) can easily be drowned out. For us here at magCulture good news arrives every day, the postman dropping several new magazines worth investigation. One such title is the dramatically named Print Isn’t Dead.
Must-read: Brilliant piece about the growing importance of The New Yorker website as it relaunches this week, ‘Every post… should apply the magazine’s superlative sensibilities at Internet publishing speeds.’
Mid Century Magazine editor Tabitha Teuma interviewed, ‘the content is for keeps – something to refer back to – and this still works best in print.’
V Magazine founders and all-round NY fashion gurus Cecilia Dean and Stephen Gan end their business relationship.
At last, a zip-up denim magazine cover, courtesy of US Marie Claire.
AM (Akademische Mitteilungen) magazine is published annually by students of communication design at the State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart. I featured the infographic-heavy seventh issue in the original magCulture book; now here’s a video of the making of this 19th issue.
Its large-format 130 pages question what is perfection, and have been conceived and executed by students Sunnyi Löhmann and Anna Kiosse.
I’ve not seen a copy of New Zealand’s Threaded magazine but the recently published sixteenth issue looks great in this video, which also communicates the care and passion behind the project via plenty of print and production footage. The magazine covers creative work from around the world.
The new issue is themed Creating a Monster – ‘Once the monster comes to life, you have to nurture and feed and fuss over it, you watch its first steps with pride, shed tears when it first goes out into the world…’ Sounds like magazine publishing to me.
You’ll have figured I’m excited about the World Cup, and to mark the start of the tourmament tonight we celebrate with a very special edition of Colors. The Football issue is the perfect antidote to the madness that is FIFA, the worldwide body ‘responsible’ for running the sport.
Thanks everyone who made it through the rain to join a packed Book Club last night and hear from Ana Lessing and Kevin Braddock (A Magazine for all Seasons), Edward Vince (Talc) and Kai van Rabenau (mono.kultur). The theme ‘Designing Difference’ was set against concerns expressed in my recent review of Boat magazine that a familiar set of visual styles were narrowing the promise of the independent magazine industry (a clumsier version of similar thoughts can be heard on last week’s rather negative edition of Monocle24’s The Stack).
We have a slightly late start to the week as we join Berlin-based Alexander Scholz, creative director of new magazine HOLO, as he heads of to New York for their US launch. The 200-page magazine spans the space between art, design and technology in a manner aimed at non-specialists, and makes great use of design, photography, illustration and production techniques.
The third issue of Article arrived in the post yesterday. Always a treat of high quality content, design and production, this issue stands out for the way the beautiful open binding (above) takes full advantage of the process with some artfully chosen colours, and for the use of a greatest hits collection of Vaughan Oliver’s 4AD record sleeves as section dividers. Timeless.