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Off the racks, Teaching

Academic Report

04.03.08 | Comment?

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Akademische Mitteilungen (issue 12) would be a remarkable magazine by any standards, but considering that it’s a student publication, it is nothing short of phenomenal.

The glossy is the work of communications and design students at the State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart under the capable tutelage of Prof. Hans-Georg Pospischil (and, I would guess, some angel of a printer). The results are not merely beautiful, but sumptuous—exhibiting the tasteful application of a variety high-end printing techniques—a blind emboss on the alternate white and black covers, spot varnishes and opaque inks. But even when the printing is more modest, the book exhibits a presence, polish, and deep consideration that many professional magazines lack.

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Aesthetically, the over-sized AM hits a kind of an early ’70s chord, between the ITC-ish display typefaces, staggered columns, and use of alternating thick-thin rules to set off pull quotes. It’s actually quite refreshing and not altogether unlike some of the more interesting magazines I’ve reviewed lately. Extravagant display type used on a minimal grid was a technically possible flourish as the 60s drew to a close; but is an aesthetic decision today. Visually, AM could be described as remenescent of Nova or U&l.c. at their best.

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AM is a magazine of features and visual statements, and nearly every one is a delight. Just as remarkable, most of the articles come with translation into English. It’s great that it’s there but its inclusion mostly serves to disappoint. The writing is breathless and overwrought, though it may well be better in the original German.

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There were very few spreads in AM that I didn’t want to share—a (presumably) computer generated gray on black sports car that looks as if it’s been sculpted out of egg cartons or foam recording studio tiles, a series of small iconic objects (perfume bottles, jars, fans) “drawn” to giant scale out of objects and then photographed, and some of the follow-ups to the above article openers that successfully push and extend the ideas introduced on these spreads. It was all quite stunning:

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I found a couple AM web sites, the one for 12 (above) shows some spreads not included here, and there are versions for earlier iterations of the magazine. Issue 11 can be found here

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….and the web version of issue 7 can be found here.

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