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Counterpoint

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Counterpoint

The tactile quality of a magazine has always been a clincher for me. Counterpoint winked at me from across the shop, with its grey paper, neutral splash of blue and bolt of pink. It truly is a beautiful thing to behold and simply done, too, which I guess makes it all the more special. Such effortless aesthetic is often very hard to pull off. A limited edition of 250, Counterpoint imbues ever more attractive and unique details: printing via risograph using recycled paper and soy-based inks. The typography and bespoke illustrations are printed using only neon pink, teal and black....

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Art and Brexit: SLEEK #59

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Art and Brexit: SLEEK #59

I heard that the autumn 2018 issue of SLEEK was doing Brexit. I’m a big fan of this Berlin-based arts magazine and, like any sane person, I'm anxious about where we’re headed with Brexit, so I wondered how this would mesh.   As it happens the examination is fairly low-key, more meditative than panicked. Issue #59 (the number always boldly incorporated in the masthead) is themed EUROPE: A Bordered State. The magazine has commissioned Martin Parr to photograph the director of London's Serpentine Gallery, Hans Ulrich Obrist, at the gallery. I like both men, although they do seem to have...

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Printed Pages

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Printed Pages

Print is Dead – Long Live Print. Somewhere in the middle is the reality, which is confounding those who insist that soon nobody will bother with the paper word, let alone buy it. Yet Printed Pages, the bi-annual magazine from the It’s Nice That editorial team, is thriving and is packed with stunning imagery, standout features and, yes, a lot of words. They continue to curate all the best stuff that they have featured online and bound it together in another hefty tome which shouts ‘look at me’.  From the cover, crafted by the Cuban-born activist and illustrator Edel Rodriguez,...

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