This is a Magazine
May 2, 2002 10:29 PM   Subscribe

This is a Magazine Very cool art (some line-art nudity). [via Webgraphics]
posted by kirkaracha (11 comments total)
Warning: evil window resizing javascript ahead.
posted by scottst at 10:46 PM on May 2, 2002

I didn't understand 99% of that.
posted by gleemax at 11:00 PM on May 2, 2002

Looks more like a portfolio.
posted by HTuttle at 11:01 PM on May 2, 2002

Did anyone else find that frame with the futuristic city to be rather amazing? Anyone know where I could find more pics like that?
posted by BlueTrain at 11:07 PM on May 2, 2002

I stopped browsing after the site resized my window for me. Rudeness gets you nowhere.
posted by Qubit at 11:11 PM on May 2, 2002

Good one, Kirkaracha. I saw this earlier in the week and had earmarked it for posting, then forgot about it. Nice stuff, but I had a couple of minor complaints:

1. Flash/Shockwave can stream content. The mag is pretty hefty at 250 pages, and I had to wait quite a (web) while for the entire thing to download before being able to view, even on a broadband connection. They should've let you get going at some point before that. Can anyone think of an actual technical reason they might not have allowed this?

2. I'm all for format experimentation, and it's neat that they kept the "magazine" appearance, but they totally ignored that reading a magazine is not necessarily an enforced linear experience. I'd like a clickable table of contents, at the very least. Again, it's 250 pages. If you don't go through all of it at once, you'll have to click through everything before just to see those last ten pages.

BlueTrain: Dusso's work can be found at The site is unavailable at the moment, though, and was supposed to re-launch May 1st. I hope it didn't have anything to do with that other thing.

Anyone else wondering: Artist links are provided just before the end of the mag. 'Course, you'll have to do some serious clicking to get there.
posted by Su at 11:49 PM on May 2, 2002

...but they totally ignored that reading a magazine is not necessarily an enforced linear experience...

i was thinking the same thing last night; on top of a clickable table of contents, flipping!
"how much do you want to flip? 1. a big chunk, 2. a small chunk, 3. a couple of pages..."
but it seems a bit trite now. afterall, it's not complete emulation of a printed medium (there are moving sections,) nor is it an upstaging, so i like it fine. line art is very appealing on screen for me. 250 pps didn't seem long, i went through it quickly and downloaded it for later.
posted by elle at 1:03 AM on May 3, 2002

I sent my comments along to the peoples and got a quick response. Selections below:

We did have streaming after the first 30 pages when we first put up This is a magazine, but realized that readers are pretty fast clickers, and would often get to "empty" pages, we changed to a full download until we resolve some technical neccessities.

Press "a" to jump to the cover page.
Press "z" to jump to the last pages.
Your arrow keys will move you forward and back.

It is also true as you say, that within the vocabulary of a magazine is the ability to "flip open" at any page, or to "flick through" seeing information in a "jumpy" way. But for us its an important design decision to leave it a forward+back feel. It's all about rhythm.

I can accept that.
posted by Su at 1:49 AM on May 3, 2002

good stuff.
posted by muckster at 9:09 AM on May 3, 2002

good stuff.
posted by muckster at 9:09 AM on May 3, 2002

I like "flipping" pages -- nothin wrong with adapting an old interface to a new one, nu? I also loved the photos by "Karen+Andy" in this. Bookmarked! Another nice art site (tho much more personal) is this
posted by boardman at 9:42 AM on May 3, 2002

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