Last autumn, art and visual culture mag Kaleidoscope had something of a facelift after Bureau Mirko Borsche, famous for its work on Die Zeit and other magazines, completely redesigned the Milan-based publication. In a departure from popular minimal design, the magazine’s punchy new look ushered in bold and varied type, strong monochrome layouts and bright colours to complement a strong editorial identity. As a result, the new Kaleidoscope marries directional graphic design with contemporary art, and takes cues from Alexey Brodovitch’s meticulous and game-changing art direction for Harper’s Bazaar back in the 30s, 40s and 50s, which opened the magazine up to a wider audience.
Only the second since last year’s redesign, Kaleidoscope is back with a brand new issue to see us through the coming winter, brimming with content as ahead of the curve as its design. With chapters designed as magazines within magazines, art school trend forecasters K-Hole and specialist book sellers Idea Books are only two of 12 profiles in the Highlights section, whilst curator and Dazed arts editor Francesca Gavin interviews Amalia Ulman as part of the feminist-themed main section. Elsewhere, Cory Arcangel interviews Norwegian artist Ida Ekblad – whose portrait shot by Sølve Sundsbø appears on the cover – and almost 100 pages of visual contributions from artists, curators and image-makers, both established and up-and-coming, are pulled together in the Visions section for a bold and thoroughly up-to-the-minute new issue.