Acid magazine describes itself as “a surf-inspired publication for the beauty of ideas and images,” a write-off which would have many readers assuming that there are only so many photographs of gnarly dudes on surfboards that you could see before you got bored and pushed it to one side. They’d be wrong, though.
Instead this sub-A4 magazine provides a much-needed insight into the diversity of surf culture, which is about a lot more than the just beaded necklaces and sandy golden locks that are often attributed to the surfer stereotypes. Ranging from stories about the aficionados who surf Stavanger on the coast of Norway, where the water is rarely warmer than 2 degrees and crossing the beach means dragging your board across snow, to experimental surfboard design that uses embroidered jute fiber or toast in place of the usual materials, all interspersed with stunning images taken in places from the Arctic Circle to Indonesia and then back again. Not quite as narrow a spectrum as you’d think, then.
Also, it’s neon orange-pink, and pulled neatly together with strong design elements that recur throughout the publication, making it as aesthetically pleasing as it is editorially so. Jolly good work.
- Rodion Kitaev illustrates the goings on of an office party in mammoth detail
- Makings of a Man: It’s Nice That and Harry’s invite you to be a life model for a day
- A higgledy-piggledy, funny yet tragic tale: The Romance of the Skeleton
- Tiago Galo’s refreshing, travel-themed illustrations remind us of sunnier times
- Artist Morgan Blair on her “pathological need to make you laugh”
- Lennarts & de Bruijn’s “hot as hell” campaign for Utrecht club, Ekko
- Polaroid’s creative director Danny Pemberton introduces new brand Polaroid Originals
- Artist Dominique Pétrin on creating her very own domestic product
- Universal Everything animate emotive wallpapers for new iPhone devices
- Herburg Weiland’s meticulous editorial designs are typographically-driven
- The Visual History of Type author Paul McNeil selects and dissects his six favourite faces
- Breakdown Press’ Joe Kessler picks out his most-treasured books