Readers of SparkleShock already know that I love to read. Of course, that includes magazines! I really enjoy discovering new magazines and I’m a devout reader of my favorite ones. I wanted to share which ones I keep in my bag to help me stay abreast of everything related to fashion, art, design, culture, and life!
Nylon is on of my favorites because it covers the more abstract and creative sides of fashion and music. I’ve discovered many great bands and designers like Amimal Collective and Ashley Jackson from reading this one. I also enjoy Nylon from an aesthetic standpoint. I love the typography they use in their editorials and I really dig their use of color. Nylon also has a Nylon Guys magazine and both of them are my go to source for everything new, hip, and unique in fashion and culture.
Essence is one of the few magazines that I like that caters to the interests of Black women. I really like Essence because it has a great layout and covers fashion, lifestyle, relationships, and health in an equal and current way. Other magazines that are oriented to the Black population seem to only reach out to an older demographic, but Essence is one I can relate to in all areas.
Wallpaper* is an AWESOME magazine because it has fashion, design, art, architecture, food, and lifestyle all under one cover. I have learned about everything from Tart Cards to the Montanara chair from reading Wallpaper*. I also love it because its packed with information, but not to the point where you’d feel overwhelmed. The photographs and images in Wallpaper* are always stunning as well.
Giant Robot is published 6 times a year, but those six issues are so worth waiting for. This magazine covers the Asian art, culture, and design, which I totally enjoy reading/learning about. It’s hip and cool and I’ve learned about everything from Michael Lau designer toys to a co-op in CA that works with the homeless to help them make and sale handicrafts. Not only does it focus on other Asian countries, but it also covers what Asian-American artists are doing right here in the States.
Cinefex is a really stunning and informative magazine that delves into the Special Effects of current films. Usually the movies featured are already getting attention for the SFX so Cinefex caters to the movie geek to show just how those awesome scenes and effects get created. The first issue premired back in 1980 and the featured movies were Star Trek: The Motion Picture & Alien.
I just realized that this list could end up being very long, so stay tuned!