Real Review 1
Real Review is the product of a successful Kickstarter campaign run by Jack Self last year. He proposed an architecture magazine that discusses “what it means to live today”; the politics of space and surveillance, how design shapes behaviour and culture values, and more.
The magazine is written not just for architects, as Self explains in their campaign video: “Architecture concerns all of us, and the Real Review is for everyone.” The first issue certainly delivers on wider appeal, using reviews of books and essays about architecture to discuss topics including the privatisation of history and North Korea’s dictatorship.
Apart from great editorial content, Real Review is a beautiful object created by design studio OK-RM. It is designed to be folded in half which makes it convenient to mail, carry around or read on the go. There’s something appealing about the way text and images are laid out within the folded format.
Issue 1 was dedicated to backers of the project and the team say that the Real Review will be kept free from advertising; the quarterly magazine “will be available as long as it has readership”.
Creative Director of Moodboard, Jeanie Annan-Lewin says it was Instagram that inspired the quarterly magazine. The social media platform has changed the way we interact with imagery and information, and Moodboard hopes to present visual stories in a format that appeals to today’s Instagram generation. This magazine reads like a photo journal minimally punctuated with words; it is easy to flick through and offers stories in quick, consumable snippets.
It debuts with an issue that explores the meaning of culture, through interviews with musicians, social media influencers and more. “I think for the first issue we wanted to ask people where they came from politically and spiritually”, explains Annan-Lewin.
Expect an exploration of teenage dreams in the next issue. “We are trying to ask our chosen creatives what scares them and what they are currently carrying an impossible teenage-type crush for.”