Object: LOT’s ‘Fresh Hours’
Concept: Dispersion

Walead Beshty, ‘FedEx@Large Box, International Priority Los Angeles — New York TRK-799801787482, New York — London TRK-863164717027’ [2008].

Concepts drive emergent publishing formats. This is evident when looking at when and where the physical means of production (i.e. the printing press) recede in favour of the less tangible (such as server-based applications). This shift brings to the fore the concept of dispersion, or the “the shimmering fascination of…

This is the transcript of a conversation between Michael Bojkowski and Andrew Losowsky, recorded for Gym Class Magazine in September 2009. In it Michael and Andrew introduce each other to a number of publications that test the boundaries of what it means to be considered a ‘magazine’.

Andrew: The truth is, I don’t have quite such a huge magazine collection — a few hundred, yes, but that barely takes up a bookcase and a small cupboard. For reasons of space and economy, I’ve become rather choosy about what makes the cut, which in the main means magazines…

Enter Vetements, and Vetements’ designer Demna Gvasalia’s initiation into the house of Balenciaga. Balenciaga, the brand, has maintained a bold, graphic stance since it’s inception at the hands of Cristóbal Balenciaga back in 1919. Gvasalia enters the ranks of radical designers who have worked under the Balenciaga banner such as…

First they built the ideal framework for sharing video online. Then they built a network of creators on the backs of this ‘millennial’ (or as unkindly put in a BBC radio documentary, ‘pack-horse’) generation — a demographic born with the internet yet economically impoverished by previous generations. Then they started messing with them in a way that looked suspiciously like they didn’t really know what they were doing.

That’s what happened on YouTube this year anyways. Up until now there had always seemed to be some sort of oblique strategy to the many moves in the YouTube playbook. …

Superheroes and space wars seem to be the only universally exportable commodities big studio Hollywood execs care to understand right now. Luckily, there was still much to see in and outside of the Hollywood sausage machine. You just had to keep your eyes peeled.

Not only did the franchise set-ups become more labyrinthine in 2016, in their urge to spawn more sequels and spin-offs, but the targets started moving too. 2016’s surprise hit being Deadpool, a — yep — superhero movie but for a more mature audience (so 16-year-olds instead of 15-year-olds) that was…

At long last typeface designers, no matter what rank, have broken away from the very recent obsession with perfecting the geometric sans as focus turned, this year, to variety and a glimpse into possible future directions via variable fonts.

An obsession that led Rudy VanderLans, demigod of digital typeface design from back at it’s birth in the early 90s, to suggest typeface designers have fallen into a type of ‘Infill-ism’ and for many others to ask if the design of typefaces had reached a saturation point. VanderLans described the…

In this shiny, new golden age of dramatic programming — bought about by renewed competition from young, upstart media companies such as Netflix and Amazon — broadcasters continued choosing the darkest timeline to commission in 2016.

Only this year the search was on for a new vision for humanity (something better than human), or something that would help explain why we were suddenly all living in bonkers crazytown, or ways to escape into similar but not always improved dimensions.

In the search for a new entity…

Magazine publishing is emerging from a difficult, transformative period in it’s rich history as traditional audiences have given way to a fresh, young demographic who expect rigour and thoughtfulness in their titles. This has lead some publishers to adapt and those slow on the uptake to continue to flounder.

Here in Australia industry is typically several years behind in terms of international trends — which should result in foresight but rarely does. While publishers and outlets in Australia continued to mutter about ‘the end of print’ (yawn), floundering about unlearning how to produce successful magazine titles and killing off…

Podcasting continued thriving in 2016. With more high quality shows coming from some recently established and surprising sources, there was so much activity in this sector it was hard to keep up with every new show being launched.

For instance, who’d have thought MTV — of all outlets — could provide actual decent cultural commentary beyond which ever shallow ‘pop star’ was trending on Instagram that week? Yet a whole slew of podcast programming proved otherwise. From The Stakes — which provided a believably genuine heart felt reaction…

As half the world watched global politics slide into a Boomer-backed dystopic future that was never meant to happen, numerous creative types had already began mobilising against the dark forces threatening to further polarise the folks Pollies like to call ‘the public’… to various degrees of success.

This year’s most visible bolt-from-the-blue came in the form of a new long player from Solange Knowles which threatened to eclipse sister, Beyoncé’s epic Lemonade project. Solange’s A Seat at the Table took Blood Orange’s gentle mix of race and gender politics, curious sound bites and ‘quiet storm’ styling (as…

Michael Bojkowski

Michael is a design practitioner with 20+ years experience across a wide array of fields. You can find his writing on and around design scattered around online.

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