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12.12.2011

 

Slanted Magazine : Bold/Light - issue #16 deals with the loud and quiet, the striking and the discreet

The new issue of Slanted features two photography series, which interpret the buzzwords BOLD and LIGHT in rather different ways. Historic pictures of the arguably most important heavyweight boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali (UPI/Bettmann/Corbis) as well as a critical photographic counter-proposition to David Hamilton's 'softened' and allegedly 'light aesthetic' by Mareike Foecking (Düsseldorf).

This is what the masterminds behind the magazine have to say: “BOLD is the opposite of disheartened and a popular technique of emphasis in typography. LIGHT is the opposite of loud and boisterous. When thinking about this project of opposites, we initially came up with lots of loud, immediate fonts, works and pictures instead of quiet and hesitant ones. Our time – loud and violent – tends to pass us by and carry us away at the same time. Usually, all the quiet undertones are left out of the equation due to the high speed with which we go through life.

So how can we make it stop? Oppose the BOLD with the LIGHT? The flowing, cinematic moment of depiction is once again of particular importance to us in this issue. We take offence at imagining the idea of narration as something linear. Rhythmic opposition on the other hand gives us room to halt and submerge in our existence.

Design decisions and the application of typography have been pushed to certain limits to emphasise the subject matter itself and make sure that the character of each extreme crystallises itself throughout the project. This also becomes apparent on the production level. By using different, metallic Chromolux-papers and a two-tone finishing, the 16th issue will be released in six different editions.”

The issue includes type essays by Jean François Prochez (Clarmart), Horst Wöhrle (Esslingen), Reinhard Albers (Konstanz) and Nanna Funke (Münster), interviews with Ian Party (Lausanne), Ludwig Übele (Berlin), Eric Gill, Michael Horsham (London), Doug Wilson (Springfield), Raffinerie AG für Gestaltung (Zurich), Jost Hochuli (St.Gallen), Thomas Lupo (Weissach) and Mareike Foecking (Düsseldorf), as well as articles by Michael Schmidt (München), Ian Lynam (Tokyo) and a new musical journey diary by Frank Wiedemann (Berlin).

Slanted Magazine #16 – Bold/Light
Publisher: MAGMA Brand Design
148 Pages, 21 x 27 cm, Language: English, Deutsch

Available as a subscription from www.slanted.de/abo
or in the Slanted Book Shop at www.slanted.de/shop/slanted-16-boldlight

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