I was lucky enough to meet the irrepressible Cathy Olmedillas, founder of Anorak magazine at MagCulture’s Modern Magazine conference recently. The quarterly kids’ mag has gone from strength to strength ever since Cathy – formerly of The Face and Sleazenation – set it up seven years ago and it’s not hard to see why when you hear her passion for the title first-hand. She used her speech at The Modern Magazine to announce the launch of Teepee, a new title for teenagers, but as well as looking to the future, the Anorak team are also revelling in the past seven years of success with the publication of this brilliant behemoth of a book.
From the beautiful illustrated cover onwards, these 224 pages are a super-fun celebration of what makes Anorak so great; so we meet characters like Leonardo The Shopping Tiger and Gary the Lovelorn Giant alongside games and puzzles to delight younger readers. Bright, charming and never patronising, a peek into the pages of this annual give you a good idea of what makes Anorak tick; here’s to the next seven years!
- Creative director David Lane tells us about redesigning frieze and creating campaigns for Hermés and Ally Capellino
- Photographer Zuza Krajewska's fragile portraits of Polish young offenders
- Anibal Bley’s Risograph zine experiments with glitchy patterns and illustrations
- CG Watkins’ narratively driven photography conveys mystery and escapism
- Sharp Type creates punchy typeface inspired by Swiss designer Adrian Frutiger
- Illustrator Susa Monteiro’s lonely figures battle the elements
- Grope Sans: a very rude typeface by Bompas & Parr
- Japanese graphic designer Ryu Mieno creates type-heavy works fizzing with energy
- The reductive and exacting work of graphic designer Laura Prim
- Why creative education for advertising is stuck in the dark ages
- Leipzig-based graphic designer Anja Kaiser takes us through her portfolio
- Nicolas Jaar releases Network, a book inspired by radio