I’ve written (gushed, maybe) about Romka magazine a few times in the past and it remains one of my favorite photography publications.
If you’re not familiar with Romka, here’s what you need to know: each issue asks 50-100 photographers to choose their favorite photos and write about them. What you end up with is a publication almost completely devoid of any pretense and let’s be honest, that’s pretty rare with these kinds of things. Some photos and their stories are funny, cryptic and personal or just fully heartbreaking. I’m always eager to land one of these in the mail.
You can pick up a copy at Romka’s website. More spreads below the jump!
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Sometimes, I feel pretty stupid being online all day long. And it’s at those times that I am thankful for having stacks of Cabinet magazine (issues 13-43!) piled up in the living room. Intent on encouraging “a new culture of curiosity, one that forms the basis both for an ethical engagement with the world as it is and for imagining how it might be otherwise”, Cabinet makes you more eager to check your mailbox than your inbox. So put down that silly iPad or whatever gadget you pretend replaces printed magazines these days, and dive in.
About four years back, Kristy and I tried making a paper sandwich. It was fun and, you know, it worked but this paper sandwich made by Zim and Zou for ICON magazine makes what we did look like fingerpainting. Check out the rest of the their portfolio for some equally intense neon papercuts.
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Another wonderful edition of Romka Magazine, the publication that tells the stories of photographers and their favorite photos. I was a big fan of the previous issue and #6 is no let down.
Featured in this issue: Jerry Hsu, Reilly Hodgson, Noah Kalina, Aoife O’Dwyer, Lisa Wasman and about a million other awesome picture makers.
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The good people at AMMO magazine just released Issue #6 earlier this month. This issue features another outstanding roster of illustrators. One of whom, Dale Edwin Murray, is celebrating his contribution to AMMO by offering a 15% discount on his dope screen printed tees. Visit Bananas Tees & use the code AMMO15.
Are you one of those OK Great readers who absolutely loves all the funky and awesome shit that gets posted here on the regular, but can’t stand that all that awesomeness is just stuck behind your screen, unable to be held, caressed, or picked up on a sunny afternoon and enjoyed on your backyard picnic table?
Well fret not my friends, for this is a call to arms of the OK Great community.
Ferocious Quarterly is a journal filled to the brim with collected and curated works of kickass designers, illustrators, artists, and writers. They’ve had two gorgeously produced issues so far, but they’re looking for some community love to help produce their third issue (have you heard? Publishing is pricey). The idea behind issue 3:
All the contributions in “Made Handsome” will be named after real-life newspaper headlines. All of ‘em. The titles and inspirations will directly reference newspaper headlines from all over the world. Some headlines will most certainly be dark, some hilarious, some just plain sad. We see them everyday—pass over ‘em—and read the story. This publication will stop at the headline. And simply based on the artist’s first impression, they will create their contribution to “Made Handsome.” We are taking the world’s headlines and “making them handsome.”
It will take a herculean effort to get these guys funded in the next 50something hours, but as someone who’s spent the last year or so curating content for the web (ie writing this blog), I know it’s an even more herculean effort to do it in the print world. So drop a few bones in the bucket, tell your friends, and hopefully we can make a dent in that goal.
Normally, I really don’t care that I suck at photoshop. Vector stuff is more my style. But then from time to time I stumble across beautifully done work, like this magazine article designed by Justin Mezzell, and I think about maybe going through some more tutorials.
Justin’s work is wonderful because it’s not overdone, and on top of the lush imagery he is able to combine a lot of different kinds of information in a way that isn’t overwhelming. Regardless of what this article is about, I really want to read it, and I think that is the goal of all print design.
You can check out more of Justin’s work on his website. It’s definitely worth a visit.
Francesco Franchi is the art director for Italian magazine IL – Intelligence in Lifestyle. If you’ve got a soft spot for gorgeous infographics (check), well-set type (check), clean icon design (check), grid-heavy layout (check), and Commercial Type’s Publico typeface (well, now, check), then you’ve probably already clicked the link to Franchi’s portfolio or flickr stream and are kneedeep in his work. I especially love the restrained cover design; we’re all so inundated with covers that are half covered up with text of the top 10 ways to know if your man is cheating on you or whoever is engaged or pregnant or whatever. So nice to let the beautiful photography sing uninterrupted.
8 faces magazine is a high-quality publication produced by Elliot Jay Stocks for type nerds. The main gist of the magazine is asking eight designers, if they could only choose 8 typefaces to live with for the rest of their lives, what would they be. The first issue, featuring the likes of Erik Spiekermann, Jessica Hische, and Jason Santa Maria (among others) sold out it’s edition of 1000 copies in minutes. The second one has been increased to an edition of 2500, and as of this writing, is still available. This issue will feature one of my favorite type designers, Ale Paul of Sudtipos, as well as Martin Majoor, Stephen Coles, and is typeset by Jon Tan. Should be a wonderful addition to the bookshelf, if just for the type specimens alone.
Magnetica is an online Portuguese magazine with an international focus on design, music, film, fashion… you name it. It’s well designed and the content delivers. I’m still not sold on the concept of an online only publication, but the ability to embed videos, animation, and direct links to featured or advertised content while retaining the structure of a traditional magazine is pretty interesting.