The Method Behind the Mags
For book lovers, the joys of printed matter come in all different shapes and sizes: brand new or second hand, pocket-sized or coffee table top sized, black and white or color. Here, we have selected two newly published, independent magazines that whilst may be very different in their theme and content, they both completely celebrate the beauty of printed magazines and re-affirm why this is a medium worth fighting for.
Flaneur, the nomadic, independent magazine that finds a street in a hand-picked city and then dissects it, is about to celebrate the launch of it’s 5th issue. With Berlin’s Kantstrasse, Leipzig’s Georg-Schwarz-Strasse, Montreal’s Rue Bernard and Rome’s Corso Vittorio Emanuele II under their belt, they have now turned their attention to Athens’ Fokionos Negri for their September issue. Just in case the in-your-face acid cover wasn’t enough to grab your attention then the contents surely will – with no shop, bar, old lady, artist not interviewed, poked, and listened to to make these 152 pages jump out, pull you in and sit you down smack bam in middle of the street. The editorial team’s passion and dedication to the street can not only be read, but felt with every turn of the page, leaving you wanting to not just “know of” the street but to really “know” that street.
For Spanish Magazine, Perdiz, the aim of the game is simple: “to make a magazine about people and the things that make them happy”. Also on their 5th edition, each issue is an accumulation of the best sort of treats that make you feel good, highlighted by their contributor list naming photographers, authors, designers and general creative-thinking-type people from all around the world. Their fresh and cool colored covers make you want to sit in that spot where you feel good and let the happiness wash over you. With such a diverse assortment of objects and images that make people happy, you really do start to believe their motto “happiness is contagious”.