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IdN v16n5: Editorial Design Issue — The Magic of Magazines

As one of our featured designers, Nicolas Bourquin, puts it: “It’s a hard time for magazines, but a fabulous period for editorial design.” To stave off the threat posed by digitalization, it seems that everyone in the print industry is being motivated to push the boundaries of this discipline to unprecedented heights of creativity. We talk to half a dozen experts in editorial design who are not only managing to survive but producing publications that can stand comparison with any that have come before them – about why they do it and how they see the future of “hard copy”.

Contents:

Surrealist approach still valid for modern motion artists
The magic of magazines
Prada art on parade
Off the Wall
Let there be light! Part II
Type Casting

Specifications:

101 pages
6 varying paper stocks
4 process, spot UV
98 minutes DVD Video included

The magic of magazines

As one of our featured designers, Nicolas Bourquin, puts it: “It’s a hard time for magazines, but a fabulous period for editorial design.” To stave off the threat posed by digitalization, it seems that everyone in the print industry is being motivated to push the boundaries of this discipline to unprecedented heights of creativity. We talk to half a dozen experts in editorial design who are not only managing to survive but producing publications that can stand comparison with any that have come before them – about why they do it and how they see the future of “hard copy”.

Featuring:

Very Elle by Non-Format / Domus by onlab / Plastique Magazine / Is Not Magazine / Wooden Toy Quarterly / Little White Lies magazine by The Church of London Design

Surrealist approach still valid for modern motion artists

For more than a century, Surrealism has played a major part in almost all the arts, including theatre and film. But those who love to unleash their subconscious have so much more technology to play with now than when Dali and Co. had only brushes and paint to rely on. Brazilian designer and director Denis Kamioka, who works mainly out of Brazil under the pseudonym “CISMA”, and London-based Italian film-maker Enrico Lambiase love to let it all hang loose and neither of them believes in being too literal about anything.

Featuring:

Cisma Studio / Enrico Lambiase

Prada art on parade

Major fashion labels are becoming increasingly involved with ambitious art projects these days. Following Chanel’s splendid “Mobile Art” last year, and Louis Vuitton’s “A Passion For Creation”, another high-end household name has joined the creative fray. Prada invited world-renowned architect Rem Koolhaas, Principal of OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture), to build a remarkable installation for its six-month fashion-art crossover event “Prada Transformer” in Seoul, Korea. It combines the four sides of a tetrahedron – a hexagon, a cross, a rectangle and a circle — into one pavilion. If you stand there long enough, you can literally feel the ground shift beneath you!

Featuring:

Prada

Off the Wall

Most designers name music as their main inspiration and the art that holds most appeal for them outside what they do for a living. So for many, designing gig posters for their favourite bands and musicians would be a dream job. And with concert tours proliferating as album sales slump, there is plenty of work to go round for those with the requisite talent and passion. We talk to five of the best in the business and publish examples of the poster art they are proudest of.

Featuring:

Mark McCormick / Ghost-Town Studio / Methane Studios / Vahalla Studios / Clint Wilson

Let there be light! Part II

Lighting is becoming, in itself, an increasingly popular medium for artistic presentation. Not only is it being combined with performance art as an integral part of the show, but more and more stand-alone lighting installations are being accepted as a valid means of self-expression. In the second part of our attempt to shed more light on this exciting development, we cast the spotlight on five more international practitioners of this very 21st-century addition to the creative canon.

Featuring:

Easyweb / Universal Everything / Moment Factory / Haque / Warren du Preez & Nick Thornton

Type Casting

Starting from this issue, we will be carrying a regular typography column in the magazine. Versch Ontwerp, a design studio from the Netherlands, kicks off this series with an unconventional attitude to fonts – believing that they should always be fun to design and experimental in nature, whatever their ultimate function.

Featuring:

Versch Ontwerp

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