three new issues come to us this week and complete the month’s roster of magazines for subscribers to choose from. First up Smith Journal continues in its own eclectic way, sharing stories as wide-ranging as living good luck charms, Potemkin villages and a visit to North Korea. Positive News returns and its cover story profiles women’s rights leaders from Kenya who are working to improve reproductive and sexual rights. While Disegno’s summer edition also keeps it eclectic, looking at on-demand economy apps, Dutch squats and the Singapore government’s design policy. MagShuffle is a mix and match magazine subscription service, where you can personally curate your year of monthly deliveries from a roster of 100+ magazines.
smith journal – #26
following on from their excellent last issue, Smith Journal’s latest includes a typically varied collection of curiosities, including a photo essay on Hong Kong’s tiny fish good luck charms; Barbie’s Ken and a look at his various guises and hazy purpose; plus a fascinating look at the fake villages built to impress Empress Catherine II by her former lover Grigory Potemkin during her journey to Crimea in the 18th century. Elsewhere: leadership lessons from environmental explorer and adventurer, Tim Jarvis; a retired FBI agent who spends his time tracking down ‘lost’ apples; and a visit to North Korea to see a new generation of makers.
// from the issue: photographing the world’s fake cities //
positive news – #94
for the summer edition of Positive News, the cover story from the issue profiles women’s rights leaders from Kenya who are working to improve reproductive and sexual rights, including an approach to create safe alternative ceremonies to genital mutilation which persists in the country despite its illegality. Elsewhere in the issue there are articles on US teenagers’ involvement in gun reform following their ordeal in the Parkland shooting earlier this year; what makes Brits optimistic?; normalising breastfeeding; and swapping traditionally gendered jobs
// from the issue: editorial – Kenyan women’s rights leaders //
disegno – #19
the summer edition of Disegno also joins the roster. It’s a varied issue with an excellent look at uberEATS’ platform and at the design of interfaces of other on-demand economy apps. There’s also an interesting look at Vluchtmaat, one of several buildings in Amsterdam that has recently been used as a squat by asylum seekers. Elsewhere in the issue: the effects of government on Singapore’s design policy; the mystery behind a series of lost sketches by the Swedish designer Thea Leonhard; and fighting the encroachment of state infrastructure in the Zad and NoTAV movements, in what is an issue riding the intersection of design and politics.