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Published on April 5th, 2013 | by Vincent Jobse

Slanted Magazine: colourful Cuban design

Resized Slanted Magazine: exotic, colourful, inspiring.

Very nice new issue of Slanted Magazine, on Cuban design:  an issue that mixes the mojiti feeling with a few slices of good old tropical communism.  The new generation, says the cover, and indeed there is a lot of contemporary work:  weird and wicked drawings from illustrators Eduardo Sarmiento and Edel Rodrígues. Dynamic posters from Luis Vegas, Nelson Ponce and Giselle Mónzon. Honest photography by Michel Pou and Alejandro González. Not names that immediately ring a bell – but it is their work that does it.

And there is a lot of the past as well: Cuba Crisis photography by Corbis, posters with Angela Davis, Presidente Allende and of course Che. And on top of this, there is loads of essays and a very useful index with contact data of the contributing designers and photographers (don’t hesitate to contact them, most Cubans like to have contact with design professionals, since the country is still quite isolated).

It is this mix of old and new, of revolution and evolution, of streetlife and essays that makes Slanted as colourful and confusing as Cuba itself.




Slanted, Typography and Design
No 21, spring /summer 2013
288 pages + booklet on contemporary typefaces
Language: English / Spanish

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Vincent Jobse is a Dutch design addict, who fully enjoys the pleasures of the web, but who loves print on pure, old-fashioned paper.

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