Interview with an Editor: Serena Guen of SUITCASE Magazine

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I’ve always thought that with the decreasing readership of print it wasn’t that it needed to keep up with the times but rather retarget itself. It seemed to me that print could be kept alive not by dumbing down but by smartening up and aiming itself at a new audience. You only need to take a look at some of the most recent additions to the magazine world to see I might not be far off. Editors and Designers are putting far more emphasis on creating something that will be read rather than skimmed. Filling a niche for a quality travel magazine aimed at women is SUITCASE, run by 23 year old Editor-in-Chief Serena Guen. With its feet in culture and fashion, SUITCASE has received much accolade and without sounding superfluous looks on track to perhaps become the feminine Monocle.

I spoke to the adventurous and ambitious Serena on the origins of SUITCASE and her outlook on learning and work.

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Michael Arnold

February 6, 2014 / By

Help The Great Discontent make a magazine

The Great Discontent Magazine

One of my resolutions from the last year was to do more to help good people. We’re all so busy all the time that I think something as simple as this can get lost in the rush. Helping creatives who are doing really interesting projects are especially important, and that’s why I’m sharing The Great Discontent’s Kickstarter who are raising money to start a magazine.

We started TGD as a digital publication, and we’ll continue to release digital issues, however, we’ve always dreamt of making a physical magazine. And now we’re doing it! The Great Discontent Magazine, Issue 1, will be a beautiful way to preserve some of the content we’ve featured online and allow it to be enjoyed virtually anywhere.

The magazine will be a gorgeous, full color piece around 240 pages. It will feature 15 interviews with individuals who have also taken leaps, including Sara Blake, Scott and Vik Harrison of charity: water, James Victore, Zack Arias, Elle Luna, Ike Edeani, Debbie Millman, Joshua Davis, and more! Select interviews will include updates and/or commentary, and we might throw in a surprise or two.

Tina and Ryan are such amazing people and it’s inspiring to see them follow their dreams like this. Supporting people like this is important to our industry as it makes all boats rise. It brings together creatives and makes our digital world a little bit smaller. I think it’s also important to note that the magazine is being designed by the ever-talented Frank Chimero so you know it’ll be beautifully designed.

If you’re unfamiliar with The Great Discontent you can read the interview I did with them from last February by clicking here.

Bobby Solomon

February 4, 2014 / By

An Interview with Kai Brach of Offscreen Magazine

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Print-only publications are a rarity nowadays. And one guy running it? Unheard of. Yet that’s the story of Kai Brach and his self-described “old-fashioned” magazine, Offscreen. Exploring a more human side of tech, Offscreen is a beautifully designed publication with quality only possible in print.

The next issue is due out at the start of next year. And with Kai’s Christmas Wishlist giveaway having just begun, it’s a good time to check Offscreen out.

We spoke with Kai about what it means to run a print publication today: the challenges, process, and vision Kai has for what makes Offscreen different.

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December 11, 2013 / By

Playful type for The New York Times Magazine by Micah Lidberg

Playful type for The New York Times Magazine by Micah Lidberg

Illustrator Micah Lidberg has been one of my personal favorite artists for years now. His creativity seems to know no bounds, as is evident in the creative lettering he did for today’s edition of The New York Times Magazine. I love the personality he gave the type which reminds me of the fuzzy texture on the top of broccoli. The color choices for the text (which probably weren’t chosen by Micah) are spot on as well, really complimenting the photo, which was taken by Horacio Salinas. Really proves that playing with your food can be fun.

Bobby Solomon

November 4, 2013 / By

Toilet Paper is a Publication You Won’t Want to Flush Down the Drain


Toilet Paper is perhaps the most bizarre, shocking, and borderline-subversive publication I’ve ever picked up… And I love it. A bi-annual magazine, it’s the child of (super-talented) artist Maurizio Cattelan and photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari. I highly recommend any self-respecting creative to pick one up, as my words can hardly do their work justice. It’s simply an experience you have to hold in your hands and observe with your own eyes. But that doesn’t mean I’m not stubborn enough to try (heh).

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Nick Partyka

September 12, 2013 / By

FAILE Are Far From Failing With New Piece For VNA


Riding off the success of Les Ballets De Faile, Brooklyn-based duo FAILE are fast on track to world domination. Last week, Very Nearly Almost (VNA), a popular street art magazine, celebrated the release of their 23rd issue with a launch party in NYC’s Lower East Side establishment, Reed Space. The issue features extensive coverage of FAILE’s work. In commemoration, FAILE hand silk-screened a limited edition design onto a series of VNA covers. Continue reading this post…

Nick Partyka

August 6, 2013 / By

‘Anorak’: A Design Magazine for Kids

Anorak magazine

Anorak magazine

While on vacation in London last week, I spent some time at the Tate Modern museum marveling at their fantastic design shop. Out of all of the books, objects, and wares inhabiting their basement space, the kids department was the most inspiring. One of my favorite finds—even though it’s been around since 2006—was Anorak, a “happy mag” for kids. Founded by Cathy Olmedillas, who previously worked with seminal UK publications Sleazenation and The Face, the magazine is aimed at 6 to 12-year-olds, but it has plenty of poppy illustrations, games, cartoons, and stories to appeal to design-minded adults too.

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Andi Teran

July 12, 2013 / By

Cindy Sherman graces the cover of Garage Magazine No. 4

Cindy Sherman graces the cover of Garage Magazine No. 4

I was wandering around the bookstore when I stumbled upon this ingenious cover for Garage magazine featuring Cindy Sherman… well, sort of. The magazines 4th issue uses the theme of vanity as it’s starting point, dressing up four models in masks bearing the visage of Cindy Sherman. The effect is totally surreal. It reminds me a bit of something Chris Cunningham would have done back in the late 90′s or early 00′s. It comically skews the idea of what true beauty is into something else entirely, something equally engaging but in a confusing way. I think Patrick Demarchelier, the photographer, nailed this shot perfectly.

You can read more about the issue and it’s editor Dascha Zhukova on WWD by clicking here.

Bobby Solomon

March 19, 2013 / By