The Human Being Journal is a beautifully designed, mightily impressive publication

Date
2 December 2014
Reading Time
1 minute read

A late contender for my favourite editor’s letter opening line of the year comes courtesy of the new issue of Human Being Journal, the magazine produced by US-based clothing and lifestyle store Need Supply Co.

It begins: “When the internet first smashed the world flat, we all jostled for position. With everyone at eye level, it seemed obvious that to be different was paramount. And so we curated the prettiest lives possible and pushed off into the arcane and obstinately unconventional.”

It’s a fitting opening for this fascinating little magazine; classy, intriguing and beautifully considered. New Editor-In-Chief Tag Christof has put together an issue which celebrates “humans who have made a mark through brilliant riffs on the regular” including Rafaël Rozendaal, Unit Editions, David Wilson and the teams behind both Apartamento and boat magazines. Chen Chen and Kai Williams have produced a series of improvised shanks (an aggressive homage to Martino Gamper’s 100 chairs in 100 days) and photographic talent on show includes Yann Faucher, Clement Pascal and Marcelo Gomes (whose portrait of Ana Kras adorns the cover).

It’s a real lesson in how to make a beautiful printed object without drifting into self-indulgence, and creative director Gabriel Ricioppo and designer Eric Gilkey deserve enormous credit for such assured use of different paper stocks to manage the rhythm of the magazine.

Now available in the UK, Human Being Journal is definitely a publication worth tracking down.

Above

Tag Christof/Gabriel Ricioppo: The Human Being Journal Issue 5

Above

Tag Christof/Gabriel Ricioppo: The Human Being Journal Issue 5

Above

Tag Christof/Gabriel Ricioppo: The Human Being Journal Issue 5

Above

Tag Christof/Gabriel Ricioppo: The Human Being Journal Issue 5

Above

Tag Christof/Gabriel Ricioppo: The Human Being Journal Issue 5

Above

Tag Christof/Gabriel Ricioppo: The Human Being Journal Issue 5

Share Article

Further Info

About the Author

Rob Alderson

Rob joined It’s Nice That as Online Editor in July 2011 before becoming Editor-in-Chief and working across all editorial projects including itsnicethat.com, Printed Pages, Here and Nicer Tuesdays. Rob left It’s Nice That in June 2015.

It's Nice That Newsletters

Fancy a bit of It's Nice That in your inbox? Sign up to our newsletters and we'll keep you in the loop with everything good going on in the creative world.