Tuesday, September 27, 2016

IdN v23n3: Type & Lettering in Posters

The Writing’s on the Wall? Yes and No…
As with vinyl records and collectible magazines, it seems that rumours of the death of the printed poster have been greatly exaggerated. Dormant, perhaps, but certainly not dead. And there are practitioners of this art who maintain that a strategically positioned sheet of words and illustrations can make more impact than ever in this digital age.

Of course, if mass circulation and speed of communication is the aim, digital is the way to go. But why not employ both techniques simultaneously? If well executed, the printed poster enjoys a huge advantage over one produced specifically for the Internet — longevity.

And even if you do not intend to actually purchase it — as a souvenir or an artwork in its own right — the printed poster has the innate capacity to hold a viewer’s attention for much longer than a briefly glimpsed screen image.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

IdN v23n2: Logos, Branding and Identities

How to Express the Inexpressible.
Perhaps never before in history has there been such a preoccupation with identity. Everyone wants to stand out from the crowd. And in this frantic scramble to seize what Andy Warhol famously described as everybody’s “fifteen minutes of fame”, we very often become reduced to ciphers by the very popularity of the trends we are following to achieve this, be it the fashions we favour, the tattoos and piercings with which we decorate our bodies, the never-to-be-seen-again selfies we endlessly snap on our iPhones, or the “likes” we strive so hard to accumulate via Facebook and Twitter.

What's in this issue:
• Retail & Business
• Food & Hospitality
• Studios & Creatives
• Culture & Events


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

CERCLE #4: Costumes (English Edition)

Costumes allow for anonymity. Used in ancestral events or corporations, they can be synonymous of a rite of passage, of colour, of joy, of celebration, of uniformity and of dressing-up.

Man changes identity when he changes clothes. He puts on a role. Clothing is disturbing because it imposes a contradiction. We show, yet hide. We are bound to an outfit in which we are singled out. Costumes exist to speak, to assert things even. They have the extraordinary ability to provide another image of oneself to others for a moment. Although clothes don’t make the man, there is room for doubt…

Let’s make room for princesses of an evening, everyday gentlemen, uptight officers and all those who want to be and appear distinct. Showtime!


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

IdN v23n1: Contemporary Street Graphics

Contemporary Street Graphics
Taking inspiration from the rising trend of multi-disciplinary creative practice amongst contemporary street artists, the issue presents a cross-section of some 38 artists with diverse styles and unique artistic approaches to making work that seamlessly blends street art, image-making and illustration.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

IdN v22n6: SuperFlat

Flat Is Good
Going Flat Out is the latest trend from Japan and it’s gaining ground globally. Among those who are aiming to flatten their design — while trying to retain the illusion of depth — are our featured SuperFlat specialists. See how they resolve this apparent paradox.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Makeshift #14: Harvest Issue

Creative Crops of a global harvest

This issue features insect cuisine, black market syrup, time-traveling fridges, and mine-sniffing rats — the creative crops of a global harvest.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

IdN v22n5: Promotion & Production Feature

Long Live Print

As primarily a printed magazine, we are wedded to the medium and do everything in our power to enhance this marriage "until death us do part". There have been a lot of bumps along the way, but we are delighted to find that we have somehow survived the digital tsunami and that now, more and more companies are following in our footsteps. As the old saying has it, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.


Friday, November 20, 2015

IdN Extra 12: ALIX #01 – Legendary Characters of the Alternative Culture

Legendary Characters of the Alternative Culture

ALIX presents you the legendary characters of the alternative culture, and also the scene newcomers, who are creating a whole universe apart from the establishment. Because, let’s not kid ourselves, the best things that happen around us are barely visible for the mainstream, and the majority of them don’t get any exposure in the main international showcases nor model in the Victoria’s Secret catwalk.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

IdN v22n4: Identity & Patterns

Pleasures & Pitfalls of Following a Pattern

Patterns are everywhere we look – on our clothing, building surfaces, interiors, branding, packaging… but when and how are they best incorporated into a design? The appeal of their usage is obvious, the repetitive elements bring with them a calming vibe, a sense of instant familiarity. But they can also create problems, especially when co-opted across a wide ID spectrum.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Makeshift #13: Healing Issue

A personal patch kit for the mind, body, and soul

This issue features sea-faring psychiatry, handmade hearing aids, and improvised maternity wards along the creative path toward healing. If you hit roadblocks in your own work, hack them, build around them, and make it better.