Disegno i — Spring/Summer 2015, #8


This biannual tome is dedicated to key events in architecture, design and fashion over the last six months. It is an essential read and flick for both laymen and professionals and gives a flavour of the current stylistic and intellectual preoccupations of architects, product and fashion designers.

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Excellent, top-quality design magazine from London, Disegno offers an interesting and intelligent perspective on all things design-related, no matter how big or small.

This lovely publication contains features on design and designers world-wide, covering the likes of fashion, architecture and simple object design from the practical to the provocative. Published bi-annually, it offers a roundup of the best of the preceding 6 months along with stunning new designs for the future. Printed on lovely high-quality paper, Disegno is a fascinating and eclectic collection of articles and images centred on the theme of design.

It is pretty much standard practice that the best design magazines out there are wonderful works of design in themselves. Designo is no exception. Flicking through the impressively chunky selection of pages you will find an assortment of exquisitely laid out and arranged articles and photographs, covering an astonishing array if different design related topics.

We really rather love the loose and vague theme that has been set up for Designo. By simply concerning itself with things relating to ‘design’ it can include pretty much anything it wants from a number of different industries, rather than focusing in on something such as art, architecture or fashion. As a result Designo is a celebration of everything designed by man, an eclectic yet fascinating assortment of items and articles that nevertheless make sense together.

This use of a vague theme is something we would love to see more of in the wider world of magazinery (yes, we know that's not a word but it should be). It would offer the editorial staff the opportunity to include pretty much whatever they feel like, and result in a much more interesting experience for everyone. Magazines would be written with a passion and represent a mix of ideas, rather than a formulaic concoction of articles following a central set of guidelines, and we are pretty sure that would improve the quality of the reading out there.

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