Saturday, May 5, 2012
A couple of days ago I was looking for a magazine to entertain me on a long train ride home. I was shopping at a big newsagents that had everything. I looked through the Vogues from pretty much every European country, and then I thought I might buy the current Frankie, which I (very sadly) think that I have outgrown. It's a little too cute and a little less edgy than I would prefer. I started looking through other magazines, Interview, Dazed and Confused, Cleo, Time, etc etc but couldn't find exactly what I was looking for. Then I found a plain white cover with a picture of a big, fat greasy, triple triple-cheeseburger with the caption, "Are We Satisfied?" I flicked through, and bought it based on the brief visuals that I saw and I got out of there as quickly as I could-the staff were looking at me as if I was about to steal something.
When I started reading I realised that it was an anti-capitalist magazine, which was rather funny as I had just come back from a political meeting. It's a very interesting read, but still, I just can't get over the incredible design.
This is literally the best magazine design that I have seen in a long time, it's refreshing to see such perfect and minimalist design in a little known, politically aggressive magazine. It just shows how different interest areas can come together and work simultaneously for any cause. Design these days works with everything.
By the way, the magazine is called Ad Busters. Website is here.