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Cover Review: Wax Poetics

Cover Review: Wax Poetics

So many indie magazine covers look sleepy and dull, like the tabletop art books they emulate. Fortunately, there’s Wax Poetics, whose covers are brilliant splashes of imagery, that resemble old-fashioned LPs filled with engaging brightness and poster-like impact. Case in point: the latest cover, issue #59. It features a photo by Jonathan Mannion of Aaliyah, […]

Aug 13
Anorak: The Happy Activity Book for Kids!

Anorak: The Happy Activity Book for Kids!

The best two-dimensional fun for kids we’ve seen in quite some time is the third volume of Anorak‘s Happy Activity Book for Kids. Created by Cathy Olmedillas and Lewis Smith, this is a light version of the popular (in my household) UK-based Anorak magazine. It’s smaller in size (roughly 7 x 8 inches) and pages […]

Cover Review: Organic Gardening

Cover Review: Organic Gardening

I’m a big fan of the August-September cover of Organic Gardening, art directed by Susan Eugster and featuring an illustration by Peter Donnelly. I’ve reviewed the cover as the latest Face Up column for Folio online. This is a very different approach for a gardening and lifestyle magazine, with the illustration taking over the entire […]

Suede: “Multi-Culti Urbanista” Style and Fashion Magazine

Suede: “Multi-Culti Urbanista” Style and Fashion Magazine

In it’s debut issue, Suede editor Suzanne Boyd identified the magazine’s audience as “multi-culti urbanistas.” The style and fashion magazine was a joint venture between Essence magazine and Time Inc., and published four issues in 2004-05 before it folded. The complete Suede debut issue manifesto read: “Style is in our DNA. And we, the multi-culti […]

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