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The excellent design blog Thisispaper is now available, wait for it, in paper. We queried editor Zuzzana Gasior on the new print mag. 

What is Thisispaper for those unfamiliar?
As Thisispaper we are now running two different, but interweaving projects. Thisispaper Magazine is where we share our inspirations and obsessions from multiple fields of design. Our roots are in the digital world but we find print equally alluring. We started off as an online magazine and continue running it, by we have recently ventured into print and released Thisispaper Magazine Inaugural Issue in paper and ink. Thisispaper Shop is our second, younger brainchild. It’s an online store with hand made products.

Which designers have been selected for the issue, how did you decide who to include?
The full list of featured designers is as follows: Studio Glithero, Faye Toogood, Formafantasma, Phoebe English, Nina Donis, Feilden Fowles Architects; photographers Kanoa Zimmerman and Marcel van der Vlugt; artist Anouk Griffioen. 

The selection process was simple. We decided to feature designers whose work we’re impressed by and who have a strong conceptual background behind their work. We were particularly curious to find out about their creative process so we chose the ones that put emphasis on the process, not just the finished product.

Why do you think a print publication was necessary?
As you will quickly discover when you open the magazine, some of the interviews are quite massive, and were intended to be so from the start. We wanted to explore the designers’ creative processes in depth. Such content lives better in a tangible book that online. While surfing the web, people focus on image and have a short attention span and it’s not the best environment to present content that requires a careful reading. Plus we’re really drawn to the beauty of a printed object, the texture of paper, smell of paint and so on.

Thisispaper.com was an ironic name, but now it has a literal meaning.
Good point. Since Thisispaper is an umbrella term for both the site and the magazine, it now means that digital and print can coexist without undermining one another’s position. This is due to the fact that they are good for different things. The content that we feature online is much more image-based, while for print we look for something that requires more time and effort to absorb.

You're based in Warsaw, does that surprise a lot of your readers?
It does come as a surprise sometimes, but mostly to people in Poland. When they see Thisispaper they don’t expect it to be a Warsaw-based endeavor (love the word). 

The print publication is a very limited run. Why is that? Do you hope to expand? Is it harder or easier to do a print magazine in Poland?
The print publication is not a limited run. We will print as many copies as there is demand for. 250 is the minimal number that we need to reach in the pre-order period to print the magazine, but there is no maximum limit on how many copies we will print. That said, it’s hard to imagine a situation when Thisispaper is available on every newsstand

Nowadays when distribution mostly happens online, printing a ad-free magazine is a comparable experience in Warsaw and everywhere else. It would probably be harder for us, though, is we were trying to attract sponsors.

Where can one get the print magazine?
Online at thisispapershop.com/product/thisispaper-inaugural-issue or soon at some local stores worldwide.

Do you accept contributions and pitches?
We do. See here for possible ways of working with us: welcome.thisispaper.com

Photo by: Josh Lewandowski

Josh Lewandowski has long doodled and sketched in 3D. Lewandowski, the founder of furniture firm Nordeast Industries with a MA in Architecture from Yale, was told "erasing was for wimps" by a teacher when he was young and therefore draws in pen and ink. Lewandowski recently started a drawing-a-day blog for his sketches with no meaning, because he believes that such creations are a useful exercise. His works draw on engineering and architecture as well as LEGO instructions and cereal boxes. 

Read more about the doodles, which are available for purchase at Dezeen.com.

The Q&A is a tried and true, though sometimes tired, tool for communicating. The interview site Varsity Bookmarking updates it brilliantly, allowing interview subjects only a link to respond to its interview questions. There are only five entries thus far—most recently an interview with the great book cover designer Peter Mendelsund of Jacket Mechanical, but we live in hope that Varsity will step up the posting schedule soon. 

Bookmark it at VarsityBookmarking.com

 

At one point in time, we took them for granted. Payphones were a must—if you were running late, lost, or traveling and needed to make reservations—or perhaps didn't have a home phone. The eventual affordability and popularity of mobile phones wiped them out, destroying the market for their use and making payphones, it seems, not worth the time or money to maintain. Some still exist, sometimes in the oddest of places, and we're sure that some of us still need them in a pinch. By now, their increasing rarity makes them ripe as a photographic subject. #payphoneography is a bit like a chronicle of the last days of a connected, cheap public communication network—with the occassional shot of an exotic callbox from a far-flung locale. Particularly sad, we think, are the "carcasses" of ripped-out phones.

Hot Ice

Originally created by an indie film studio as a Tumblr to hype the A Band Called Death documentary, My Dad Was In A Band has taken on a life of its own. In fact, we wanted to post about it for a while, but it was jumping to a new URL and now enjoys the support of the mighty Dangerous Minds. In any case, the concept simply rocks: Users submit photos and stories of their dad's "vintage" bands from years gone by. The result: a treasuretrove of small-time New Wave, hair metal, punk, boogie, garage, and psych acts—with some jazzbos in there, too. We can't decide which we love more, the vintage glossy 8x10s or the band names for these mostly totally unknowns. Let's just say, if you're holding any archival evidence of your pop's longhaired gigging years, nows the time to make it known.

Here's a few faves from the site:

SLANDER

Burlington, ON Canada – 1981-1983 – Punk

I’ve known from the youngest age, that my dad ups the punx more than any other dad I will ever meet. –Brandon, Son of Chris Crash.

SOUTHERN COMFORT

BEAUMONT, TX – 1977-1986 – Rock/Country

My dad, John Smith, learned how to play guitar because he idolized Buddy Holly and he wanted to get girls. After serving in Vietnam he spent fifteen years as a professional musician in club bands in Europe and Texas. He met my mother, a waitress and bartender, while performing in Beaumont, Texas in the late 70s. –John W. Smith, son of Bassist John Smith.