They are all migrants and this is their visually stunning journal
MIGRANT Journal may well be the magazine of the season for obvious reasons. “If 2014 was a year of food magazines, 2015 a year of pet magazines, 2016 was a year of new feminist titles” writes Magculture’s Madeleine Morley. “The trend away from light-hearted themes towards more vigorous and politically motivated topics that Krass, Girls Like Us and Ladybeard have been exploring is encouraging weightier magazines to launch Kickstarter campaigns, of which Migrant Journal and The Real Review are two of the newest examples. 2017 should be the year of politically conscious independents, the year of magazines of resistance.It is a six-issue print-only publication critically exploring migration in all its forms”, she adds.
MIGRANT Journal explores the circulation of people, goods, information, and even fauna and flora, around the world and the transformative impact they have on contemporary life. “While migration is part of humanity’s genesis, it seems the phenomenon has become ubiquitous, happening faster, with complex ramifications”, says the editorial team of this heart warming effort.
“In order to break from the prejudices and clichés of migrants and migration, MIGRANT asks artists, journalists, academics, designers, architects, philosophers, activists and citizens to rethink our approach to migration and critically explore the new spaces it creates”.
MIGRANT is a project led by a team of four, based in London and Zurich. Catarina De Almeida Brito, Christoph Miler, Isabel Seiffert and Justinien Tribillon are MIGRANT’s editors, practitioners and intellectuals. They are all migrants. “Catarina is Portuguese, Justinien French, Isabel German, Christoph Austrian… none of us live in the country we hold a passport of” they say.
The pressing issues addressed in MIGRANT are visually stunning, translated into a thoughtfully designed publication by Swiss-based duo Isabel Seiffert and Christoph Miler. “Our magazine’s visual concept for the upcoming six issues of MIGRANT ensures a unique voice: bold colors and a custom-made typeface will guide you through the narrative layers of the publication, intricate maps and vivid infographics will invite you to explore topics in greater, atlas-like depth and eclectic sequences of images will produce the publications rhythm. Moreover, each number of MIGRANT comes with a different tactile texture on the cover relating to the subject of the current issue – pushing the idea that only a strong combination of content, design and material will create the finest reading experience” comments the duo behind the graphic design of an issue addressing migrants and immigrants alike.
Explore this atlas of typography and graphic design here.