A quarterly showcasing innovation in illustration and design work on paper
by David Graver in Culture on 02 September 2014
Bright and beautiful, PRINT ISN’T DEAD is a brand new magazine dedicated to and honoring those who still work on paper. Inside, interviews and features are bolstered by smaller articles, art and a thorough directory. An extension of People of Print—a design site recognizing the same—the print version offers many exclusives and that tangible, nostalgic feeling of flipping pages.
PRINT ISN'T DEAD began as a Kickstarter and hit shelves this month. It's a go-to source for insight on everything from current trends to the traditional methods still underway around the globe. With utmost care, it's been printed by Pureprint Group on Fedrigoni paper, making it a pretty design piece for any shelf. While the world keeps claiming that print is dying out, the team behind PRINT ISN'T DEAD is finding many cases where that's simply not the truth. And they're presenting them to the world—in print, of course.
According to People of Print's founder (and founding editor of PRINT ISN'T DEAD) Marcroy Smith, this project was a direct result of wanting to translate his passion for print into a handheld product. He shares with CH, "First, the [People of Print] website started thanks to my passion for print, and my experiences in the US and Canada with people who have done printing. I wanted to give back, using something easy: the web. I wanted to give others access to the people who inspired me."
With a company based around print, it only made sense to Smith that they'd eventually have a print publication. "We wanted to make a book first. The process is insanely expensive, so we approached Thames & Hudson, who took the book project ahead. And we went through an amazing process." The book is slated for release in April 2015, but the experience motivated Smith to proceed with a magazine, as well—a place where he could demonstrate even further control on the final product. He's accomplished that with PRINT ISN'T DEAD—a work that's both inspirational and informative.
The debut issue of Print Isn't Dead is available online for £10.
Images courtesy of PRINT ISN'T DEAD
From large-scale installations to wild birthday parties, a peep inside the SoHo gallery's colorful history
by Kat Herriman in Culture on 02 September 2014
In 2010, when the enigmatic curator Jeffrey Deitch closed his SoHo gallery, the Deitch Projects, in order to become the Director at LACMA, he left a vacuum in New York’s contemporary art community. Once the unofficial clubhouse and lab for creatives like Terence Koh, Kenny Scharf, Dan Colen and Kehinde Wiley, the Deitch Projects served as an important platform for artist discovery and experimental works during its 15 year lifespan. To catalog its complete and illustrious history, Deitch recently worked with publisher Rizzoli (and designer Stefan Sagmeister) on a new book appropriately titled "Live the Art."
Laid out as a descriptive timeline, Deitch’s book opens with Vanessa Beecroft’s debut show in 1996 and walks chronologically through the space’s 115+ exhibitions. First-hand descriptions of everything from production difficulties before the show to the rowdy parties that followed, accompanied by large photographs bring the dizzying scope of each project to life. Flipping through the glossy pages, readers will be struck by the diverse happenings that occurred in the space including large-scale immersive installations like Martin Kersel’s "Tumble Room," Michel Gondry’s "The Science of Sleep" and the wild 50th birthday bash Deitch threw for Jeff Koons. As a final stunt, the tome is housed in a 3D plastic cover, which feels like an authentic homage to the out-of-the-box approach that Deitch instilled with the iconic art space.
Images courtesy of Rizzoli
Lightweight, incredibly strong and built to run through mud and jump over barricades
by Hans Aschim in Design on 01 September 2014
Bike Culture, Cycling, Cyclocross, Gear, Giro, Rapha, Shoes
While there's still some summer left in the northern hemisphere, cyclists are already gearing up for the fall cyclocross season. The sport mixes elements of road racing with mountain biking and, just to make things interesting, throws in a load of hurdle-like obstacles for riders to dismount and leap over, bike in tow. When riding (and running) through terrain varying from grass and gravel to sand and full-blown mud pits, shoes are an integral part of the cyclocross kit. Hot on the heels of their Richard Sachs cyclocross collaboration, Rapha recently teamed up with Giro as well, though this time for a cyclocross-specific shoe. Built on the mountain bike EC90 platform, the Cross Shoe features a carbon outsole for maximum power output. For traction off the bike, aggressive cleats extend from the outsole, providing hold in the worst mud the track can throw at you. And of course, the shoes feature the refined styling we've come to expect from Rapha, with subtle hints of blue and pink in the synthetic leather upper.
Weighing just 375 grams (about the same as a can of soda), the Cross Shoes are built and designed for performance, and compliment Rapha's full line of 2014 cyclocross gear for the fall. And let's not miss our favorite consequential detail: as a nod to the sport's Belgian roots, the shoebox is designed to hold two beers and servings of frites—staples for aprés-race or just watching the action.
The Cross Shoe from Rapha is available 1 November for $350.
Images courtesy of Rapha