‘Is print a dying medium?’ It’s a question that gets bandied about pretty frequently these days only to be reinforced by musings such as ‘why buy a book when you can download one, or a magazine for that matter when so much online content is free?’ Yet magazines continue to be printed because people love to have their interests piqued by something tangible, something they can hold in their hands, something they can store and physically retrieve again, and again.
The Office Space team are those kind of people. One need only look at our share workplace’s magazine racks, library nook and coffee tables to see so. This month we’re sharing our top 5 MUST READ magazines, in the hope that you might lose yourself again in print.
Museum What do you get when you cross Sydney’s most stylish siblings, Laura Bannister and Matthew Roland Bannister, with a biannual publication? An incredibly refined collection of fashion, art and photojournalism in the form of Museum magazine. Seamless in its amalgamation of conceptual fashion, fine arts coverage and a reader experience-focused style of design, Museum offers cutting edge editorial, in depth interviews (just like the good old print days) and stirring photographs with the perfect balance of flair and juxtaposition. It’ll have you licking your fingertips to turn page, after page, after page.
Le Roy Having traversed themes like ‘Life and Death,’ and ‘Softness,’ since launching in 2014, New Zealand publication Le Roy is making waves across the Tasman so great that they’re causing ripples on Aussie shores. Published by graphic designer Kelvin Soh and Auckland’s DDMMYY, Le Roy is a collection of long form essays, photography and interviews, with a distinct aesthetic quality and a focus on exploring subjectivity and self design. Le Roy facilitates musings on who we are and where our notions of ‘the self’ begin. This is a journal that probes so deep, it’ll have you questioning everything you know and feel, especially about contemporary art and design.
Good Sport When you think of a sports magazine, images of scantily clad women splayed across car bonnets or emerging from the ocean spring to mind (enterprisingly so with Sports Illustrated), right? Good Sport is an exception to this rule, a new approach to sports journalism, made for the creative who moonlights as a sports enthusiast. A labour of love for Ben Clement and Joe Miranda of photography platform HardWorkersClub and Nadia Saccardo of Smith Journal, the bi-annual reads like a good old pub yarn. Good Sport reinvents the active, outdoor coverage genre, pushing imagery and new perspective stories that appeal to and engage with innovators. If you’re a designer who loves to dunk the basket, or a photographer with a passion to swing…a golf club, this is the mag for you.
The Blackmail Offline Illustrious duo Tristan Ceddia and Gabriel Knowles launched The Blackmail in 2009. Fully immersed in the creative scene, Ceddia (of Never Now Studio) and Knowles (Digital Director of Collider), whose contemporaries include musicians, gallery curators, publishers etc., decided to create a monthly publication distributed by e-mail. It focused on interdisciplinary overlaps and interest stories and shared unparalleled insights into the world of which they were a part. Three years later, The Blackmail Offline was born when The Blackmail became an online archive of its former self, and extended into print. As a time capsule of sorts, it fosters the interests of the community it was created to represent and features new takes on the traditional interview (think Conrad and Jonnie Standish talking life, music and partnership) and photo essays. And is a verifiable resource of Australian creative output.
Krass Journal ‘For the one’s with soul,’ reads the cover caption on Krass Journal’s fledgling issue. Founded by Adelaide duo Sanja Grozdanic and Tess Martin, Krass lives up to its inaugural promise. An uncompromising, no holds barred offering of art (their most recent issue included both local legend Prue Stent and an interview by prolific curator Hans Ulrist Oberist), culture and a sprinkling of ‘outside the norm’ fashion. This bi-annual journal empowers its readers and celebrates diversity. It does so with a rawness that represents what Grozdanic calls the ‘turning tide’ of contemporary publishing. A publication for the innovative, Krass fosters and supports emerging Australian creatives, providing them with a ‘nurturing platform’ on which to exhibit their work.