15.10 — 31.10

12.10 — 02.11



"Short-run books can be customized to meet the needs of specialized readerships, while 'fanzines' are informally published newsletters whose production often mixes high technology with crude handicraft. The traditional roles of author, editor, and designer are merging into a new figure, a medieval scribe recast for the twenty-first century."1

Ellen Lupton

The present project aims to the produce of publication in the spirit of a fanzine (fan + magazine). Either close to a classic model or a clear deconstruction of it, it is materialised intentionally through analog or digital means or even a mix of both. The fanzine is assumed as an informal publication, as expressive as subversive. It is rapidly produced and distributed and it brings together a wide variety of specific themes (many of which are usually marginalised from conventional editorial production) which are then converted into a stimulating conceptual foundation for genesis and propagation of an unusual graphic posture. It incites a sensorial experience in its users, through exploration and extrapolation of the object's physical limitations, its textures, text, all part of the most common solutions found in well known fanzines. The result of this contamination between form and content results in the insertion of fanzines in the wide concept of independent publishing, a genre that offers the designer "a unique position to unify text, imagery, layout and final production into a whole that is greater than its parts."2

1 LUPTON, Ellen, "Publishing", in Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture, New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1996, p. 135.

2 LUPTON, Ellen, "Zines", in Indie Publishing, New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2008, p. 155.