Tuesday, April 25, 2006

magCulture >new magazine culture > Jeremy Leslie

Am7( Germany, Issue 1, Summer 2002)
A choice of covers : the front cover and back cover of this magazine about communication give very different levels of legibility.I really like the photography in this issue. The use of white space, asymmetry, and sans serif appeals to me quite a bit. The placement of secondary information in the margins and a small point size at that to be tasty. And the graphics on the back In Arabic is astrong contrast from the front photo.

Taxi (UK, Issue1 Summer 2002)
Published internationally by the Gettyimages picture library as an editorialized image catalogue, this magazine not only relegates its name to the bottomof the cover, but uses different hand- wriiten versions of the name for different issues. This first issue included an appeal to readers to send in their versionof the name in their handwriting.

Hot Rod (Norway)
This Microzine is published in Oslo and is the personal project of its publisher/editor/designer. The Baroque logo design on the top two examples gives nothing away about the content: the bottom example doesn't even include the logo. I really find the the ornamental typefaces interestnig I guess its the intricate detail. The transparent layer of the title Hot Rod overlayed on photography, I really like.

Coupe (Canada)
This uses the magazine format to take a close look at the ' wonders of the modern electronic age'. It does so through busy collages of text and image, following none of the rules of the magazine design. Rules are avoided on these covers too: all that links them together is the page size.Issue 5 features the magazine's name in spot varnish only, which is invisible in this reproduction. What I find really interesting about this is the experimentation that is taking place, it lends itself to unexpected results that captivate the viewer.


carley said...

i like that they "avoided the rules" in the Coupe magazine to really see how far they could push the experimentation of what constitues a magazine. i like the idea of busy collages of text and images, as long as its done well, and these seem to be pretty good examples. i like these designs because they feel experimental, and some seem as though they were the spontaneous result of that experimentation

ashleep said...

these magazines are all very different, but they all push the typical boundaries of magazine design. In the Hot Rod magazine, i like how they printed a black colored decorative text right over a colorful image. like you mentioned in your blog, it creates an attractive contrast. It reminded me of unmi's personal book that she made for the BFA review. she fed magazine pages directly into the xerox machine, so the text printed directly onto the magazine page. Interestingly, for some reason, printing directly onto an image is more visually interesting than scanning in a picture and then adding text on it through illustrator/photoshop.

unmi said...

I really liked the Coupe magazine, like you mentioned, it seems like there is no rules for this magazine. Each issue has different type choices and the placement of image changes all the time too, whereas, typical magazines have a set template for each issue. If I were to subscribe that magazine, I’ll be excited to see what the next issue might look like.
I also liked the Am7 magazine using small delicate type on the cover, which is unusual. A typical magazine cover would use large bold text to attract the viewers, but even though this magazine uses bright neon color in the back, it still looks clean to me because of the white space and the type.