Quick flick – Gym Class

by Steve Watson in October 2011
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Jeremy has already given us a pretty detailed look at the new issue of Gym Class, but since this latest issue is all about magazines I thought it was worth a nod here as well.

Editor Steven Gregor won’t mind me saying that he’s the ultimate magazine super geek. Just look at what he’s done with page four – magCulture rendered in placeholder Xs, but still unmistakable for anyone who has spent an excessive amount of time on that site.

Steven uses his standfirsts to speak directly to the reader, his breathless enthusiasm full of *LOLZ* and *RE-SULT*s. But this is no fanboy getting over-excited – there are some great editorial ideas, like Andrew Losowsky meeting designer Luke Hayman at Barnes & Noble so they can surround themselves with magazines during their interview. It’s a brilliant way of setting the scene, lending an important visual element to a spread that doesn’t have any images.

It’s not the sort of thing I could get through in one sitting – too many extra long interviews for that – but I keep on coming back to it and love the obviously genuine enthusiasm and warmth that emanates not just from Steven, but from all his contributors. It’s genuinely fascinating to read so many different (but complementary) opinions on the reality of making magazines.

It looks like it’s sold out on the magCulture shop for now, but keep your eyes peeled for more issues being made available soon. Or get yourself down to Printout, where we’ll have two copies nestled in the magazine library for you to read.

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