23 Jan 2017   admin

Editorial design in a crisis

We are all drowning in media and information. What is lacking, however, is perspective and filters. If we all get our news and views from mainstream media (especially TV), what are we missing out on? Two things: objectivity and perspective, and those a-ha moments that happen when editorial design impacts on your life in a meaningful way.

Small publishing houses have carried the banner of editorial design in recent years, and their brave refusal to conform has kept many flames alight. Now, however, we face a bigger picture that is even more alarming than the slow decline of editorial design.

Recent votes in the UK and USA have made a mockery of conventional wisdom. Whether people voted to leave or remain, twist or burn, everyone now has an obligation to be better informed, to be current, and to be ready to participate in narratives that may not toe the line of accepted truths.

Whatever your own beliefs wherever you stand on the rainbow spectrum of ideologies, or which side of the bowl of alphabet soup of politics you slurp from now is the time to support the publications which you believe matter. Whether its a newspaper, magazine or a website, if you want its voice to be heard in an increasingly clamourous world, you need to put your money where their mouth is.

Mainstream media is becoming increasingly intolerant of dissent. There has never been a worse time to be a Cassandra or, arguably, an optimist. Without dialogue, ideas die.

By supporting alternative voices, you are also inadvertently but importantly supporting editorial design, and shaping its future.

The hope is that small, fringe publications will gain traction and be able to contribute to debates that need to happen. Whether your cause is climate change, LGBT rights, or migration, you are going to read a lot about it this year. But how tedious and dangerous if you only read one voice.

You wouldnt listen to the same album on repeat play all year, or eat breakfast at the same café 365 times in a row. (If you would, you are possibly reading the wrong blog, and should log off immediately and go outside for some fresh air).

2017 will be the year when variety becomes not just the spice of life, but essential to its maintenance. Never before have other voices needed to be heard so urgently. And this is where editorial design comes in. How can these alternative voices get noticed? How can they participate in conversations that others are trying to stifle?

If youre wavering, or merely experiencing the first gnawing doubts that we may all have taken a colossal and wrong-headed wrong turn, then open your eyes and look around you for exciting examples of editorial design.

Look for magazines in different formats, that have been cut or folded into different shapes. Why? Because the chances are that creative editorial design will go hand-in-hand with other forms of intelligent expression. If that much thought and energy has gone into the physical product the skeleton, if you will then imagine how much more will have been poured into its soul: the content and the arguments that it espouses.

22 Aug 2016   admin

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