Printout – Designing Difference

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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).

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Edward Vince shares seventies magazine Wet; Kai van Rabenau talks mono.kultur.

Steve’s already posted some detailed notes on his Stack blog, but I just wanted to highlight what for me was the key theme that linked the speakers and their projects.

Of course typography and layout featured, but the bigger theme was how these three magazines were designed as products, as physical items beyond the standard size and format. The thought and effort that went into the choice of papers and the way, for instance, the narrow format of Winter (A Magazine for All Seasons) opens out to create a square spread when flat, was fascinating.

Winter shines off the page #printout

With that care and attention extended to every other part of their magazines, the speakers were highly convincing in their support for developing a unique identity in print.

Thank you to all the speakers, but it was a particular pleasure to welcome Ana, Kevin and Kai all the way from Berlin. The next Printout will be late July.

(Sadly Danielle Pender, editor of Riposte, had to cancel her appearance due to illness. We wish her well and hope to have her join us another time).

More on the evening at People of Print.

A Magazine For All Seasons



Comment on May 30, 2014 by Ting-Kai Chang says:

Hello Jeremy,

First of all thanks for all the efforts you put for organising these fabulous events about magazines. As a regular attender I often find these talks are very informative and speakers are very open-minded to share they experiences in areas they work in. It is a beautiful window provides an outside-in point of view for magazine lovers to see magazines deeper and clearer instead of the products only.

I found this Designing Difference event was reflecting something very different with the other previous events I have been to. These three publications not only have their own unique design touch and content taste, but also show different thoughts the editorial teams have. Mono-kultur uses the magazine as a way to express their interests and concerns through interviews, A mag for all seasons performs as a platform for artists and their creations and TALC is more likely a product from young enthusiasm creative people who enjoy doing things they want to do right now. None of them put too much consideration to its finance as the mags are more art pieces/projects rather than mainstream periodicals with traditional profitability for certain industries.

It is probably the reason why in the Q&A session we had so many questions about their financial and funding situation as it is always an issue to independent publishers. It was such a very interesting contrast to see such creative and artistic magazines led many practical concerns. Maybe inviting some people which really makes some money from their magazines could be a possible option? Even I assume even though every magazine still works differently I believe experience also helps a little bit.

Again, thanks for everything you do for magazine and magazine lovers. I truly appreciate.

Best wishes,


Comment on June 3, 2014 by jeremy says:

Thanks for your considered comment Ting-Kai; watch out for news of the next Printout (July 22) and I hope we’ll answer some of your points.

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