Magazine review: 9) New York Magazine: Food & Drink issue, Vol. 47, No. 25 November 10-16, 2014.

I’ve never read an actual New York magazine. They’re not available on this side of the world. However I managed to fish out this issue of the annual Food & Drink edition from a back issue magazine shop.

 

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A bed of prosciutto.

 

 

 

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Magazine review: 8) VITALS woman #1, Spring 2005.

I’m no professional, but I have observed that short-lived magazines are either designed to fail (bad management or marketing) or a design failure (simply ugly-looking).

 

Inaugural issue.

 

VITALS WOMAN (referred as VITALS in this entry) had top-notch editors and diverse content laid in spectacular art direction, backed by the mammoth Fairchild Publications. So what caused this magazine to fold in just four issues?

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Magazine review: 7) COSMOS #64, Aug-Sep 2015.

Name a science magazine that does not look like an academic journal or a hobbyist periodical. If that took you a while to answer, let me introduce you to COSMOS.

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Cover an artist impression of space junk.

From the land of Frankie and flat whites, COSMOS promises to explain ‘The Science Of Everything’ once every two months. The issue I will be walking you through is dated August-September 2015.

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Magazine review: 6) Alquimie #1, September 2013.

Magazines can open new parts of life to the reader, especially when they have no opinion towards a certain topic. Take Alquimie, a ‘periodic research & analysis of wine & beverage culture’, as an example.

First issue leaves a great first impression.

First issue leaves a great first impression.

I have no interest in the culture of alcoholic drinks. But when I saw Alquimie’s elegantly-designed cover, I brought it straight to the cashier. Matte stock, silver hot-stamped masthead, premium price point… the telltale signs of a well-produced magazine.

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Magazine review: 5) ZEITmagazin (International Issue) #1, Spring / Summer 2015.

One of the likely reasons why many great printed materials come from Germany is that the land was the birthplace of the printing press. Even more exciting is that every national newspaper has a magazine, tucked within its pages once a week. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Handelsblatt, Süddeutsche Zeitung, along with German Swiss titles Neue Zürcher Zeitung and Tages Anzeiger… they all have their own magazines that are no mere inserts. One publication to note is the Berlin-based ZEITmagazin, product of Die Zeit, the most widely-circulated newspaper in Germany.

The fourth ZEITmagazin International Issue .

The fourth ZEITmagazin International Issue.

However, those titles can be fully enjoyed only if you understand the German language. Sure, they look attractive, but I believe half the worth of a magazine is in its content. So when I received the first English edition of Zeit Magazin right off a newsstand in Berlin, I felt like a hidden part of Germany is finally revealed.

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