As a fan of punk music and aesthetics, fanzines have always greatly influenced my approach to music related design projects. I was first turned on to fanzines in high school, but truly realized their aesthetic appeal while working in-house at Volcom. Historically, fanzines have been lo-fi, collage-heavy booklets used to promote bands, genres and pseudo-political movements. They often rely on default computer fonts, “borrowed” imagery and intentional lo-fi aesthetics. Today, fanzines have become an area of experimentation; a chance for designers to work with mixed-media and push the boundaries of design.
In a new twist on the classic format, Heart has married the spirit of fanzines with a well-crafted interactive experience – It’s pretty cool to see lo-fi and hi-fi meet in such a natural way. Do yourself a favor and check out Issue Number 2 of Heart right now.