s-elma: “The main obstruction i had to solve was the low budget. The budget didn’t allow a poster for every single event. I tackeled this by designing one poster that contained the complete anual programme. Parts of the texts could be covered by coloured Scotch Tape, each colour represents on of the four locations that host this event. In this way there was only one poster needed for a entire year. MLB rejected the idea, they thought it would be too much work. They were probably right.” Hans Gremmen
I decided to contact my old tutor who is a creator and collector of zines. He’s involved with writing and designing various punk fanzines and it’s interesting to explore the reasoning for why they are created. Ultimately these punk zines are there to serve a purpose to a certain community of people. A collection of content varying from articles relating to punk ideologies - for example the understanding and influence of nihilism in punk culture. Then to the community of punk: reviews of gigs, albums etc.
It’s nice to see the connection of visual ascetic and content. With the imagery they pay commendation to raw, punk inspired designers such as David Carson and Jamie Reid. Especially in the last image where you can see by the arrangement of type in a dysfunctional manner.
You can also appreciate the idea of them carrying on the tradition of zines within punk culture. As punk was initially created to be an anti establishment subculture, the use of zines to unite and inform the subculture has always been a prominent force. Keeping in with the old ascetic.
To see good substance and strong reasoning for making these zines is inspiring. Whilst I may not be able to fully connect and appreciate all the content, it’s nice to see that people can find satisfaction in reading these. Rather than it being a self indulgent and far too personal the outcome. It is there to truly inform and to create some sense of unity. To inspire people in a positive way, not to be nonsensical and to be too niche.
This is a magazine I picked up in the Manchester based clothing store Oi Polloi, I enjoy its style and tone throughout it’s design. I really liked the consistent colour scheme and the quality of print (provided by Push-Print). The first image which is the inside of the cover, carries the whole vibe of the design really well. It could be worth to look into designing some pages in our zine with imagery of a similar sort. With the theme being water it could work really well having some manipulated images of water patterns featuring somewhere within it - (bearing in mind if it is fitting with the rest of the content within it).
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I re-opened the Situology shop. Now Sleepy Details is available for you to own, as well as our old standbys.
I’m finishing up a new, longer book right now and could really use the $$, and maybe you could use the comics. For reading, or giving? Thanks.
I like Sophie’s work a lot and look forward to her upcoming book with Uncivilized Books.