SPD 47: Jeremy Leslie's Favorite Magazine

SPD 47: Jeremy Leslie's Favorite Magazine Jeremy Leslie (SPD 47 Co-Chair), Editor, Creative Director, Magculture
Favorite magazine: mono.kultur
The best editorial ideas are deceptively simple, and right now English-language German culture magazine mono.kultur is my favourite example of beautifully executed simplicity.

As its name suggests, each edition features just one artist. They're the focus of an in-depth interview which is published alongside examples of their work. See what I mean about simple? Subjects have included fashion designer Dries van Noten, actor Tilda Swinton, photographer Ryan McGinley and author/performance artist Miranda July.

The physical format of the magazine changes every issue, as does the layout design. The only constant is the basic size, a petite A5, and the tiny title text on the cover. The Dave Eggers issue, no25 (shown), unfolded to a poster-sized scale mimicking a book printers running sheet; no19, featuring cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, ran in a filmic landscape format. There have been multiple throw outs, tip-ins, various combinations of papers and special inks - including the use of special scented ink devised by smell artist Sissel Tolass.

mono.kultur is a beautifully designed and produced piece of print that introduces and records the work of leading contemporary creative voices. It has become a highly collectible series and has just reached its 29th issue, about musician Chris Taylor from Grizzly Bear.

This post is part of the Favorite Magazines Project, part of SPD's PUB 47 Competition and Awards. Download the entry forms and be a part of the competition here.

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