This Week in Magazines


  • You could pick up the new issue of IDEA (322) for the works of Otl Aicher or Osaka-based Helmut Schmid, but what made me pick up a copy — I don’t usually buy IDEA because of the high 3000 yen cover price — is their “Journal Culture” feature. It’s terrific coverage of the magazine scene, from the huge showcase of issues from William Drenttel‘s collection — see plenty of layouts here — to various media people commenting on their favorite/influential titles. As always, IDEA is completely bilingual (Japanese/English), so magazine addicts the world over will probably want to give this issue a look.
  • MAC POWER (209) undergoes a cover renewal with a new white look instead of the usual gray (I don’t know if it’s a permanent change, or just for this issue). The main feature, a good one, profiles 50 international photographers. There’s also a piece that takes an extensive look at Klein Dytham architecture‘s beautiful new office for TBWA/HAKUHODO.
  • OK FRED (9) is back, with their tribute to “The Mamas and the Papas” (meaning parents, not the group). My “Sekai no Omiseyasan” column returns, with a couple of Nakameguro spots.
  • The new issue of ART iT (15) takes a closer look at the Asian-Pacific component of the upcoming Venice Biennale.

UpdateMagCulture’s Jeremy Leslie shares some more details regarding the IDEA “Journal Culture” feature.