Acne Paper

Curator: Ryan Essmaker
date: May 8, 2015
Categories: Book & Magazine Design
Tags: art, culture, Fashion, Magazine
The granddaddy of them all in my opinion is Acne Paper. It’s truly an enviable piece and something that I believe can only be done consistently with a successful brand behind it. It’s format is ballsy and still incredibly delicate, with it’s recycled paper stock mimicking that of a very high-end newsprint. 

The typography is well-executed and the photos impeccable—it’s no wonder it’s released every two years. The amount of work that goes into each issue is evident.


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Fantastic Man

Curator: Ryan Essmaker
date: May 7, 2015
Categories: Book & Magazine Design
Tags: culture, Fashion, Magazine, men
Interior spread from Fantastic Man No. 21
Between The Gentlewoman and Fantastic Man, I’m a big fan of creative director Jop van Bennekom’s work. Fantastic Man recently celebrated their 10th anniversary with a redesign of their latest issue. I can’t say I’m a fan of the new cover, but the subtle changes in the interior are really fantastic (no pun intended) and worth perusing.  


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The Gourmand

Curator: Ryan Essmaker
date: May 6, 2015
Categories: Book & Magazine Design
Tags: culture, food, Magazine
Interior spread from The Gourmand Issue 5
The Gourmand is a great biannual food and culture magazine that’s well-designed and isn’t afraid to try new things. The spread with Nenah Cherry in the most recent issue (5) particularly caught my eye.


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The Gentlewoman

Curator: Ryan Essmaker
date: May 5, 2015
Categories: Book & Magazine Design
Tags: Design, Fashion, Magazine, women
Interior spread from The Gentlewoman No. 11
In my opinion, The Gentlewoman is one of the best indie magazines being published today. Penny Martin and creative director, Jop van Bennekom, along with their team are publishing something really special that honors the interesting and talented women featured in each issue. There’s not a copy I haven’t collected since discovering this magazine.
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PUSS PUSS Magazine

Curator: Ryan Essmaker
date: May 4, 2015
Categories: Book & Magazine Design
Tags: art, cats, culture, Fashion, Magazine
PUSS PUSS Magazine
For the past year and a half, my brain has been focused more on printed matter than digital, so I thought it would be appropriate to share some of my favorite magazines. Starting with a recent find—PUSS PUSS. PUSS PUSS is a “publication for culture-, fashion-, music- and catlovers” that is tasteful, well-designed, and fun. The print quality of the second issue is much better than the first, but I still love that issue 1 cover. Meow.
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