Matter is one of the flagship magazines on Medium. It was initially founded as a science publication by Bobbie Johnson and Jim Giles and then relaunched as a magazine covering the big issues of our age.
As a shortform consultant and then contributing editor, I developed formats and series with the express focus of making the magazine more global.
A Mag for all Seasons
A Mag for all Seasons is an experimental magazine project in four issues, aiming to capture and express the emotional scope of each season in a print publication through art, photography, literature and journalism. Produced together with Ana Lessing and Kevin Braddock, we launched with Winter magazine in March 2014.
The idea for this magazine arose in autumn 2013, when a sense of panic at the impending winter descended upon Berlin. Winter is the season of extremes and opposing emotions, and our aim was to capture these contradicting emotions and mould them into a very special object.
Winter is printed on eight different types of paper stock that in their colour and weight represent the different stages of snow. Aiming to be a collector’s item, it is printed in high quality with a circulation of 1,000. It is produced independently and free of advertising, and published in English and German, with English-language translations provided for all German texts.
Print magazine, published three times a year. Produced with Freunde von Freunden for 25hours Hotels.
Companion magazine guides the guests of 25hours Hotels in Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Vienna and Zürich by offering recommendations by and stories of outstanding creatives in those cities. Features cover arts, design, fashion, business and urbanism.
Tinta de la Casa is a small symposium on magazines and publishing. It started as a themed pop-up shop with short presentations in Barcelona and Madrid and, after moving to Berlin and taking place first at HBC, then in cooperation with do you read me?!, has become an evening to debate trends and challenges in magazine publishing.
Themes have ranged from "Everyday-life magazines" to "What's the point of fashion magazines?" and past participants include Omar Sosa (apartamento), Kai von Rabenau (mono.kultur), Lisa Feldmann (Interview), Isabel Merino (The Plant Journal) and Mario Lombardo (Bureau Mario Lombardo).
One-off print magazine, published in October 2013. Edited for Jeremy Leslie of magCulture and Simon Esterson of Esterson Associates. Designed by Esterson Associates.
The magazine is a unique record of the talks, discussions and audience response to the Making Magazines conference, which took place in London's St Bride Library in March 2012. Participants include Christoph Niemann, Marissa Bourke and Any Diprose, among many others. The magazine is now sold out.
Print magazine, published monthly since March 2007 for the airline Vueling. Until June 2009 published by La Fábrica, edited by Le Cool Publishing and designed by Feriche Black. I was a deputy editor from launch to April 2008, then editor-in-chief until June 2009.
Ling isn't like any magazine you've ever seen on an airplane before: through monthly themes, it focussed on the extraordinary stories of ordinary people and the beauty of everyday life, and encouraged readers to view and experience their cities in new ways. Ling frames useful information in playful ways and tells stories from unexpected angles, all with an emphasis on design and illustration.
Themes have included "Kids" (illustrated exclusively by children), "Summer" (for which we drew treasure maps for little-known beaches), "Once upon a time" (in which renowned writers created stories for their cities on the basis of photographs) and "Art" (which featured some of the best toilet art we could find).
You can see a near-full collection of issues (and amazing covers) here.
A Smart Guide to Utopia
Book, published by smart in May 2012. Edited by me for Le Cool Publishing, designed by Onlab.
By presenting urban projects from all over Europe and essays by renowned thinkers in the field, A Smart Guide to Utopia engages with the questions of contemporary urbanism in a way that everyone can understand and aims to inspire readers to take both interest and responsibility on their urban environment. With introductions by Ben Hammersley, Adam Greenfield, Maria Popova, Eva-Maria Gladek and Toby Barnes.
One-off magazine, published in March 2009 by Colophon. Edited by me and designed by Ingrid Studio.
This magazine was created entirely in 48 hours, during the Colophon International Magazine Symposium in Luxembourg. The result is a collection of amazing pieces of DIY, random drunken stories, beautiful illustrations and photos, interesting interviews (one of them written entirely by the interviewer) and four pages of dogs. Colophon was a project by Andrew Losowsky, Mike Koedinger and Jeremy Leslie.
Book published in November 2010 by Le Cool Publishing. Edited by me and designed by Folch Studio.
The Weird & Wonderful Guides is a series of guide books that show the city as we would show it to our friends. This completely revised second edition of the Barcelona guide addresses the question of why one would use a book instead of a digital guide by introducing serendipity: it is ordered by hours, starting with the best spot to watch sunrise and finishing with a place to meet fellow partygoers on the way home over a sweet snack. It's the kind of book that helps you discover the city by yourself, with some unforgettable experiences in store.
You can still buy it in print or as a pdf version at Le Cool Books.