Not Here to Make Friends

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by Steve Watson in March 2024
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Olivia Crandall and Elena Foraker are editors of Not Here to Make Friends, a lovely, thoughtful, almost scholarly journal about reality TV. As you’ll hear in the episode above, Olivia speaks about wanting to engage completely with her subject matter, embracing both the good and the bad, and using this much maligned television genre as a way of understanding what’s going on in society more broadly.

We talk a little bit about the very stripped-back design and how that has been informed by Elena’s archival obsession with screen grabbing important scenes from whatever she’s watching, and I’ve included a few pictures below to give a sense of how they work in the layout. Keeping things simple definitely helps to foreground the writing and present this as a serious consideration of reality TV, and as Elena says at one point, it should hopefully speed up the production of the next issue too!

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