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.
- Victor Fonseca treats his graphic design practice like a “playground”
- Photographer Jack Latham investigates the hidden conspiracies of Bohemian Grove
- Stella Park’s warm illustrations reflect her outlook on life
- Ugly beauty and challenging established norms feature in Jade Palace's collaboration with Yat Pit
- Astrid Seme elevates an artist’s work by challenging it through the lens of design
- Elizabeth Hibbard’s unsettling photographs examine subjective experience with a visceral gaze
- New study claims to pinpoint the most creative time of day, down to the minute
- Singapore-based studio Swell explores the idea of the banished book
- "My little niece and my grandmother like the game equally": how Playables made the simply addictive Kids
- In being "open to possibilities" still life painter Duane Keiser paints the everyday joys of life
- What the cluck? KFC releases limited-edition bucket hat
- For Bizzarri-Rodriguez, book design “is everything except a science”