SPD 47: Criswell Lappin's Favorite Magazine

SPD 47: Criswell Lappin's Favorite Magazine Criswell Lappin, Art Director
Favorite Magazine: Colors

I am not sure if I have a favorite magazine, but when I picked up Colors this year and it was kind of like running into my best friend from college. And in this case all my friend wanted to talk about was shit. This is the kind of brazen, but informative editorial decision that kept me coming back when Oliveri, Tibor and Scott were first cranking out their social commentary in the early 90s. The table of contents give you a good sense of the depth of coverage. The photography is honest--making me laugh on one page, and wince on the next. Diagramatic hand-drawn illustrations and simple vector icons are used in support of the editorial coverage and add to the overall level of craft. It is a very humanistic experience that I appreciate in a physical form.

I also like the idea behind the online archive of Colors notebooks. They send you a bound blank magazine with nothing but an outlined COLORS logo on the front. You are given the autonomy of curating the editorial [or non-editorial] experience of your choice. You can find them at http://www.colorsmagazine.com/notebooks.

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