You don’t get much cooler than a fluorescent publication about art and surfing produced in Brooklyn, but luckily WAX magazine has proved itself not to just be another trendy rag, but a bonafide pleasure for all who see it. Take, for example, Printed Pages editor James Cartwright’s reaction when it plopped into the It’s Nice That offices the other day – he squealed like a little piggy and ripped off its plastic binding to flick through its fresh, untouched pages.
Before you start stereotyping, WAX ain’t just some magazine about sea-loving boy-men with white dreads, oh no, the guys who make it state that each issue is “organised around a unique theme and shares the stories of area surfers who are also artists, designers, authors and auteurs.” For their fifth issue they’ve produced a super-fun promo video (below) with a Fitter, Happier-esque voiceover crossed with sun-kissed babes frolicking in the sun, which is a really great way of giving you a taste of what vibes are in store before you commit to purchasing a copy.
Inside the mag they’ve got some of the most radical and interesting game-changers of the art world at the moment, such as Cory Arcangel, Lucas Blalock, Xavier Cha and Hans Ulrich Obrist. Anyone else picturing Hans Ulrich Obrist catching a wave in some board shorts and shimmying into the sunset, feet akimbo right now? Me too – juicy! Anyway, summer’s here and this is the perfect magazine to accompany it – so go get yourself a copy, stat.
- Jack Latham uses photography to explore stories untold
- Designer Jay Vaz combines his love of music and analogue art in a colourful and textural portfolio
- Joey Yu and Wilson Oryema create a paperless zine for Earth Day
- Lukas Wassmann turns his lens on the well-groomed animals of the Swiss Alps
- Graphic designer Virgile Flores on custom typefaces and visualising statistics
- Sam Taylor's World Cup gifs portray “the agony and the ecstasy” of the game
- Craig Oldham dishes out brutally honest advice to new graphic designers
- Pentagram rebrands Battersea dogs and cats home to visualise "personality over sentiment"
- V&A announces shortlist for its Illustration Awards 2018
- ManvsMachine create its most ambitious campaign for Air Max Day yet
- Design to improve the general quality of life: exploring Paul Rand's IBM Graphic Standards Manual
- Ten examples of rare letterings, from 19th-century alphabets to preliminary drawings of Futura