I haven’t added any new work here or on DeviantArt lately, but there is no need to worry because I am currently working on a brand new website that I promised I would do in the next couple of months. I didn’t know before exactly what I would like to work on and I figured I would do a e-zine. It’s also a participatory project so if you are ever interested working on it in any way then please let me know in the comments section or through email.
I’ve been getting into zines and zine culture lately, and there are many reasons why I feel this is one of the best forms of media. For one, there is a very sentimental and unique quality to a zine. a lot of them are done by hand, and takes the creator/publisher a lot more time and effort. The creator can decorate his/her zine in any style they wish, so it’s a limitless and cross-cutural medium, they can make it either completely minimalistic or highly abstract and decorative. In the past people did zines from all kinds of subcultures such as punk and hip-hop. Since they are wholly independent from any publishing company they are free from any kinds of advertising and censorship, so the creator can whatever content he/she desires, like gore and pornography and not get sued for it. They can criticize corporations and their government openly without having to edit or completely censor certain kinds of information that they fear would put them in a negative light. They are either sold in small local stores or are given from the creator to the individual for free. Most importantly this is one of the very few forms of media that can never be commodified (be used only for money basically), and can be used for its true purpose.
So I did some sketches, and had gathered some public domain images and my own illustrations to add to the site. It will be based on a variety of topics, such as culture and commentary. It will be divided into four categories; which are news, media, style and an about page regarding the e-zine. Each article of every page will be entirely different and unique from each other, just like in a traditional zine. Below is the proposed logo for the new zine.
It’s a combination of script and print, I used a combo of my own handwriting for the script and an altered Bauhaus font for the print.
It’s simple just designing for it, but it takes a lot longer building it and putting it together. I’m hoping that it will be complete sometime around August, before I get back to school. Again if anyone is interest in participating with me on this project then please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you.