Sometimes the online world reveals unsuspected parallel dimensions. This is an unknown restyle of Neural independently (and secretly as we never knew about it) made by NY-based Motion and Graphic Designer, Clarke Blackham. Very nicely made, perhaps only a bit glossier for the magazine’s line, it testifies once more how even your most familiar outcomes can have another life somewhere else.
magazine – O’Reilly Media, Inc. – ISBN 0596100787
The best seller hacker magazines (2600, Blacklisted 411) have spread to the public the innovative and sometimes genial techniques of electronic systems manipulation. they emerged from the underground and never lost the connection, expressing the most important technical and ethical perspectives. But this cultural heritage was also one of the biggest limits to a massive content spreading, overcoming the focus on creating mostly code for incredible uses, but at the same time limiting the audience only to very experienced users. This magazine it’s not a fanzine, but it’s on glossy paper and color printed, but it doesn’t require the software and hardware background of the above mentioned zines. Make is meant for power users that use also screwdrivers, hammers, jigsaw and solderer. It’s the ‘material hacking’, connected not only to technology but to a more vast approach that requires the inventive to creative misuse tools, or the building with cheap stuff of costly devices’ functioning versions. Or more in general to find new solutions to problems apparently unhackable. One of the few principles of this magazine is to keep the mind always open, welcoming contents good for an engineer, but also good for an artist. Mark Frauenfelder (editor of Boing Boing, printed magazine in the nineties and now a very successful blog, and associate editor of WIred first years) is the editor in chief, and with his long time proved skills gathers the amateurs’ technical challenges, and contribute to shape the decoding of current personal and social media.