Issue two of women’s magazine Riposte launches next week and includes some striking photography, set design and illustration, as well as features on graphic designer Deborah Sussman and screenprinting nun Sister Corita Kent.
Riposte was launched last year by Danielle Pender, a curator at KK Outlet, who had grown frustrated with the limited content in women’s glossy magazines.
“I found I was buying a lot of art/design magazines and more male orientated titles as the breadth of their content was more interesting. I felt like there was a need for a women’s magazine which featured fascinating women and a broader range of topics,” she told CR in November.
Published twice yearly, the magazine covers visual arts, design, music, film and tech, and each issue presents five ideas, four meetings, three features, two essays and one icon piece.
The inaugural issue featured Raw magazine co-founder Francoise Mouly, International Space Orchestra founder Nelly Ben Hayoun and set designer Es Devlin. Issue two’s line-up is equally diverse, and includes interviews with award-winning Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, US rapper Lizzo and filmmaking duo Purple Milk (Natalia Leite and Alexandra Roxo), as well as an article by Metronomy drummer Anna Prior on her icon, the American singer and percussionist Sheila E.
The issue also includes a 16-page monograph showcasing poetry by Amy Key, with original illustrations by Giada Ganassin, a report on publishing in the Middle East and Africa and a feature on who’s making money in music in the digital age, illustrated with 3D infographics devised by set designer Anna Lomax and shot by Catherine Losing.
As with issue one, the magazine is filled with vibrant, full-bleed imagery. Design (by creative director Shaz Madani) is minimal, with coral and green used for accents, and subjects are not Photoshopped, which Pender says underlines Riposte’s mantra of openness and honesty: featured women are chosen for what they have to say, not what they look like or wear, she told CR.
Releasing a follow-up to a successful debut is always a daunting task, but Riposte’s second issue is no disappointment, and features an interesting collection of content and artwork that should appeal to men just as much as women.
Issue two of Riposte magazine launches on June 26 and priced at £10. For details or to pre-order, see ripostemagazine.com