You’re going to have excuse me while I gush like a melted-snow-fattened mountain stream, because this new magazine is a stunner. While Boat magazine has won an army of admirers with its focus on a different city every issue, Flaneur drills down even deeper and concentrates on a single street.
We just received the inaugural issue which explores Berlin’s famous Kantstrasse through writers, artists, designers, photographers and others. The features are both surprising and compelling, ranging from a photo-study of one night in a bar to a full musical score which captures the street’s sounds. Meanwhile the design, overseen by Michelle Phillips and Johannes Conrad of Y-U-K-I-K-O, is absolutely killer, building on and bouncing off the content to powerful effect.
The editors say: “The magazine presents its complexity, dynamic and fragmented nature and layers it with a literary approach. It creates a meaningful correlation between places, stories, people and objects that aren’t necessarily related. The magazine is aware of its subjectivity. It wants to say: This could be Kanstrasse.”
I don’t know how much more magazine publishers can hone in on single geographical entities, but whatever you do try and get hold of a copy of Flaneur.
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- Hexatope: the web-app utilising computational arts to make personalised jewellery
- Lucy Hardcastle on her “most progressive film to date”
- Moby Digg creates grid-based identity for finance company Baugeld Spezialisten
- Typography and National Socialism – the journey of Futura in an era of "reactionary modernity"
- Peter Funch has photographed the same people on the same street for nine years
- DBLG and Animade’s cheeky stop-motion animation uses human skin and 3D stamps
- “It needed to be functional, a workhorse”: Arket’s in-house team on its brand identity
- Get to know the fluid work of graphic designer, Steffen Hotel
- Fukt magazine presents the erotic drawings of David Shrigley, Tracy Emin and many more
- Poster Girls, an exhibition of 150 female graphic designers opens at London Transport Museum