So lately I've started getting back into my online magazine addiction...winter does that to you I think. I was going to do a series of posts about my favourites, but in re-acquainting myself with those, I found almost as many new ones along the way. So I'm going with pairs...an old and a new-to-me magazine. I found myself thinking back to a high school assignment where a friend and I designed and wrote our own magazine from the ground up. I'm talking scissors and glue here...the only part of it produced on a computer was the columns of text...which we printed on a dot matrix printer *pause for effect* and then pasted onto the pages. There were coloured pencils involved...except we did this 'advanced for our time technique' (haha) where we shaved pieces of lead onto the pages and made gentle shadings of colour. If only we knew what Adobe was going to bring to the table! I wish I could remember the details of the stories we wrote...I guarantee you it was some pretty in-depth journalism. We've been brainstorming via text as I write this...we think the magazine title was "Onyx" (no link to the Britney Spears tour) and we have absolutely no recollection why.
Old Favourite: Rue Magazine
In their words, Rue encompasses the following...
- That every color can be your favorite color.
- That great taste comes in many forms: the fringe of a carpet, the pull of a drawer, the lines of a sofa, the curve of a smile.
- That a good can of paint atones for a multitude of sins.
- That friendship can be forged across continents by only a kind word and a shared lust for leopard print pillows.
- That a glass of pink champagne really does a party make.
- That everyone has the talent and drive to design their most beautiful life–we all just need a little nudge in the right direction.
- That inspiration is everywhere.
What's not to love...studio tours, retail finds, blogger profiles, food, design, travel...page 102 of this issue includes a feature on St Kilda's Esplanade, but retail finds in Hamburg so it really has a global feel. I also love their extras section on the website, with downloads, videos and even playlists. This is their 11th issue, but you can go right through their back issues too.
New-To-Me Find: 79 Ideas (Prague)
In Radostina's words "graphic designer and an incorrigible optimist! I love cappuccino, softball, typography, decoration, fashion, design, handmade stuff and A LOT more. Welcome to the place where I will share with you all my dreams, my wishes, my projects, I will show things that I like and my 79 (billion) ideas per hour! Buckle up and stay tuned!" Her website is bilingual, and just has a gorgeous dreamy feel to it (with plenty of whitespace which I *love*). She has the most adorable `about me' page here. Her e-mag is so beautifully photographed and put together...the latest issue is centred around Valentines Day...handmade gift ideas, recipes to follow, treats/notes/ideas for the day. Just lovely.