Plus, in our Design Diary this week, two websites we implore you to check out: one with an experimental approach to publishing and web design, and one that may or may not be…alive (yup, it’s Halloween week.) For more along these lines (and so many others) you can follow along all day, every day on Instagram @AIGAeyeondesign, Facebook, and Twitter @AIGAeyeondesign.
Fukt Magazine No. 18: The System Issue
The latest issue of our favorite indie mag for contemporary drawing explores the human desire to create systems in order to better understand and structure the world. Fukt Magazine No. 18 features artists and designers who either construct systems themselves or call structures of power into question. An interview with the information designer Giorgia Lupi is one particular highlight, as is the portfolio of political cartoons by none other than Jim Carrey. We’ve always been particularly impressed by Fukt’s approach to the art of the cover, and this issue is no exception. Its rotating layers channel the history of wheels made for calculating mathematical equations, and they can be rotated to either keep the cover’s typography neat and systematic or spun around to “fukt the system” entirely.
Graphic’s Berlin issue
Another new release we’re particularly excited about is the 44th issue of Korean design magazine Graphic. Since 2007, each issue has gone deep into a specific place, theme, or topic, and this time it’s zeroed in on the Berlin creative scene. The “Berlin Issue – Studio Rental Guide” visits 14 of the city’s design studios, and damn if they aren’t all of our favorites: David Benski, Studio Pandan, Studio Yukiko, Dinamo, NODE… the list goes on and on. Through interviews with these designers, the mag looks at issues like Berlin’s rising rents, the city’s graphic design history, and the opportunities, expectations, and concerns facing the designers working there today. Plus, the cover folds out into a map that features all the studios’ locations, drawing its design direction from rental guides as a comment on rising rents.
Headgear chat by Shiraz Gallab and Becca Abbe
In 2018, Shiraz Gallab (who we’ve written about before on the site) and Becca Abbe published Headgear, an online collection of writings. The publication is comprised of a series of short passages, written by Gallab, that can be read straight through, before becoming various versions of themselves, “shuffled, remixed, and revised.” Sentences are deconstructed and put in alphabetical order; passages are fragmented, their cadence formulaic and pre-determined; and words reordered at random. It’s cool, but also kind of hard to explain, and it’s probably best experienced for yourself. Afterwards, go read the new Q&A that Gallab and Abbe just published as an extension of the project, in celebration of its one year anniversary. The pair chatted over chatzy.com about creating the publication, the virtues of one-off websites, and messages that aren’t meant to be sent. It’s such a nice thing to take time to revisit and reflect a project after a year—we’re glad they decided to bring everyone else into it, too.
A fond farewell to Anxy magazine
We’re sad to wave goodbye to Anxy, the indie magazine dedicated to mental health that launched three years ago. We’ve long admired the thoughtful and substantive ways it covered such a complex topic. In a farewell email, founder Indhira Rojas explained that while crowdfunding made the magazine production possible, it didn’t pay for overheads, and funding the magazine had gotten too difficult. Rojas had visions of expanding across platforms, but after seeking out Venture Capitalist funding to no avail, has decided to close it.
She writes, “We started this project in 2016, before the #metoo movement gained momentum, before the current president took office, before it was so commonplace to share without shame what’s really going on in our lives. Anxy has demonstrated that addressing an audience through vulnerability and creativity is significantly more effective than communication strategies focused on pathology. We’ve become a shining example of the power of storytelling, art, and design as vehicles for meaningful conversations about mental health.” Agree. A fond farewell, friend!
Point in Passing website
And finally, we’ll leave you with this delightful website from Point in Passing (who’s lovely Grid Poems we’ve mentioned in a past Design Diary). The Brooklyn design studio says it leverages technology to create experiences and “living systems,” which is, we guess, why the cursor of their site is a string of circles that circles, curls, shrinks, and expands with the wave of a mouse. Yes, it is hard to concentrate on the About text with a wave of pink dots crossing the screen like a caterpillar under water, but boy is it cute. It’s fun, give it a try. And while you’re there, check out its other great work.