Too often people look at magazines as a way to waste time or occupy themselves while waiting for something. However, some magazines are just too good to be relegated to waiting-room tables. Here’s a selection of unique magazines that you will definitely not find in the checkout lane of your local grocery store. You know where you will find them? On the periodical wall of the AiMD library!
Worn is an independent Canadian fashion journal that focuses on the culture, history, and deeper meanings behind fashion. As they describe themselves on their website, their “content is not time or location specific.” Instead of being stuffy and boring, though, this magazine is quirky and fun and makes you want to learn more about the fashion community and its roots. To give you an idea of the flavor of this journal, their current issue includes a photo essay of designers re-creating stylish pictures of their mothers. The best part about Worn? If you are a fashion student, you can submit your original writing to their editors to potentially be published!
A new addition to our interior design subscriptions is Atomic Ranch. This magazine specializes in all things mid-century modern. It showcases houses that have been restored to this classic 1950s-era style, as well as provides vendor information and tips on how to re-create the look in your own home. This month’s issue has a tutorial on how to make a vintage-inspired dog bed. Their website also has a great directory of web resources of mid-century modern designers, architects, and conservation groups across the country.
Computer Music is a magazine that students in the audio program will love. This magazine is aimed at musicians as well as producers — basically anyone that uses computer software to create music. It includes in-depth articles, tutorials, and interviews with cutting-edge leaders in the field. On top of all that, it comes with a CD with free software and files. This month’s issue includes a copy of Dune CM, a “powerful and superb-sounding hybrid synth for PC and Mac”, as well as 892 musical and sounds samples that can be downloaded to your computer or flash drive.
One of the most unique titles you will run across in the AiMD library is Lucky Peach. Lucky Peach is a culinary journal. However, just like Worn, Lucky Peach doesn’t necessarily focus on recipes or the latest new restaurants. Instead, it examines the culture of food and the issues surrounding the culinary field. Some of the articles analyze serious issues, like the rise of the TV chef. Other pieces are a bit more fun, like the historical timeline of chocolate cakes with gooey centers. One thing is guaranteed: this magazine will make you smile, laugh, and think. Just maybe not all in the same article.
Remember, just like our books, you are welcome to check out back issues of our many magazines and journals for two weeks. Be sure to bring your student ID!