+81 Voyage | Magazine Report

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A new edition of the frustratingly infrequent +81 Voyage is out now. Billed as the ‘Magazine Creation and Bookstore Excursion’ issue, it rounds up some of the most exciting and innovative magazines out there today. From Newwork to Monocle, there are example spreads, designer interviews, and just about everything else a magazine lover would hope for. As stated in the introduction, the goal of the issue is to prove that, even in this day and age, the appeal of magazines is alive and well. As a die hard magazine consumer, you don’t have to tell me that, but if you need convincing, there is plenty of terrific and inspirational design to be found in this most recent issue. Above are a few of the magazines profiled.

Our aim with this event is not to yearn for the magazines of yesteryear but rather to look upon those magazines extant in the world today, and in doing so, understand the culture and tastes of our time, reaffirm our awareness of paper’s function, and confirm the intelligence and ingenuity of humanity as seen in magazines.

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12 Comments Leave A Comment


RA_OUL says:

November 4, 2009 at 12:06 am

Where can I pick up a copy of +81? I am currently working on a magazine for my graphic design class and I could totally use some inspiration.


alex says:

November 4, 2009 at 12:14 am

RA_OUL — Depends where you live. If you are in SF, Kinokuniya carries just about every issue they’ve printed (except for some of the earlier ones). I haven’t looked for it elsewhere in the states, so unfortunately I’m not much help there. If you are in Japan (where I bought just about every issue and sacrificed some clothes to fit them in my suitcase), you can find it just about everywhere in Tokyo. Aoyoma Book Center is where I got it.

If you go to this page on their website, there is information about ordering back issues from overseas (though it doesn’t look as easy as one might hope) and also a few stores that carry it.


alex says:

November 4, 2009 at 12:21 am

Oh great, yeah then that’s not so bad. If you get there, it’s in the Japan Center Mall, 2nd floor. The +81s have their own little display column just next to the design magazines. It’s hard to miss. Also, pick up “Idea” when you are there — another great mag that I’ve only been able to find there.


For-W-Art says:

November 4, 2009 at 1:22 am

The second one features a quite nice artist. Jan De Cock is like the biggest thing in Belgian art along with Luc Tuymans, Sam Dillemans and Michael Borremans ( all of which are a google detour worthy, so check’m out).

I don’t always get a 100% what he’s doing but I sure like his guts and the aesthetics in his work.

Someone who might also be quite interesting is Panamarenko who makes all these fictional flying and automotive objects in a nice retro-futuristic way.

Jan De Cock

Michael Borremans

Luc Tuymans


Sam Dillemans


Bigsky says:

November 4, 2009 at 6:36 am

+81 were making ground in the UK and then disappeared a few years ago. Now it is impossible to find here. Not even Magma can be bothered importing it!
I’ve offered to distribute it, but +81 never reply to emails.
It’s a shame.


Rent says:

November 4, 2009 at 10:18 am

I actually just ordered 3 or 4 of the +81 magazine’s from Kinokinuya and hope they arrive soon! …looks like an amazing magazine.


Scott Lowe says:

November 4, 2009 at 2:22 pm

You should definitely flip through a MARK mag. Its a really great architecture magazine and really well put together. They use Neutra by House (I believe) for their headings and it looks pretty sick.