Today sees the relaunch of Grafik magazine, returning after a brief holiday (issue 187 went AWOL, but you can download a pdf version), under the new management of the editorial team of Caroline Roberts and Angharad Lewis, with a new design and masthead from Michael Bojkowski, and featuring a cover created in collaboration with Heath Killen.
Grafik started life as the monthly magazine Graphics International in the early 90s. Larger than the current format, it often featured special finishes, as seen in the two issues below – the one on the left is printed on flocked paper, a velvety textured stock, with a single silver foil; the one on the right, their hundredth issue, is foil-blocked with a repeat pattern of the number 100.
In July 2003 the magazine relaunched as Grafik (issue 107), with a design by Made Thought which seemed to place the magazine’s own design ahead of the content it featured.
Seven or so years later, it’s great to see Grafik becoming a bit quieter again (though we’d still quibble with the use of an italic serif as a highlight in amongst sans serif body copy… but maybe that’s just us). A magazine will always survive on its content, and as always it’s really well researched and written. (Full disclosure here, we’re entirely biased, as our Hoxton Street Monster Supplies project is featured in the new issue. You can read the article in our Press & Books section.)
Check out Jeremy Leslie’s review over at MagCulture, or take out a subscription.