Years ago, in what seems to have been a time before the German type blogs Slanted and FontBlog were born, I recall often visiting a site called Design Made in Germany. Under the motto “German design is gray,” this site offered users a reduced, simple interface, as well as lively discussion. It was not unique on my radar; the two German type fora Typografie.info and TypeForum were great sites to visit as well. But dmig did occasionally have interesting type and font-related threads.
At some point, the site disappeared into the ether, but I never seemed to notice. Slanted had become a strong force from the southwest, and FontBlog was on its way to becoming one of the most important blogs in the entire country. TypeForum seemed to die down (I stopped visiting the site regularly after some acidic discussions about the then-new idea of a capital German ß), and Typografie.info neve ceased to be actve.
Design Made in Germany has seemingly been resurrected. A new graph of dubious origin even reports that it has a wider reach than FontBlog. This would be like some small obscure country beating the NBA champions in a pick-up game of basketball, if were true. Nevertheless, the new dmig has something that I can’t recall the old site ever having: an online magazine.
The second issue of the dmig magazine was published last week. The magazine may be viewed either in an HTML version (there is even an iPhone-optimized page), or as a PDF. You could even do both… each article also has its own PDF-download link.
dmig approached Linotype awhile back, asking if we’d be interesting in sponsoring their second issue with a typeface family. I was glad when the discussion came around towards my Malabar family. However pleased I am to see anyone use my typeface, though, I hope that no one reads this magazine in PDF form.
I do not wish to deride the dmig magazine, or even this particular issue—Dmig2. I finally got around to finish reading all of the articles yesterday. Some of them were quite nice, especially the interview with Daniel Janssen on his punchcutting experience in Paris. Then are are several good articles, such as the interview with Thomas Klein from Metadesign on the refreshed Commerzbank identity. Even articles that are not so up my alley still offered an interesting point of view.
I just find the idea of a PDF magazine completely against the idea of the Internet. I also think that it is plain unnecessary. Sure, if makes it easier to save articles for reading later, or to perhaps to print them out and to store them. But websites are dynamic and temporary. PDFs—perhaps despite their original intention?—strike me as only being really great for streamlining the print production process.
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