About the Book
These publications raise some questions about the nature of magazines.
The blog, www.magCulture.com authored by Jeremy Leslie from London has a post “What is a magazine?” that has some answers. His writing is insightful and includes some fantastic links like www.losowsky.com/magtastic that points to Andrew Losowsky’s “Objects as Magazines” exhibition held in Milan.
This issue of “Visual Memoir No.2” introduces the reader to the entire book in thumbnail form, bolder use of color and more dynamic typography. The stories talk about the origin of the phrase “Do it!”, a photo portfolio called “It’ll do the job”, a Memory Wall, an article about provocative monthly calendars and “Ads Helping People” closing with “Potpourri”.
Rarely is there a verbal critique or judgment made, the reader may or may not do that on their own. We have not forgotten our mission of quirkiness, eccentricity and the irrational.
Milton Simpson, a graphic designer and collector of American folk art, was a partner for many years in the award-winning design firm of Johnson & Simpson Graphic Designers. Simpson has designed numerous illustrated books for publishers, museums and corporations. He is the author of "Windmill Weights" (recognized for excellence by the American Institute of Graphic Arts) and "Folk Erotica: Celebrating Centuries of Erotic Americana" (Harper Collins). Born and raised in New York City, he still lives and works there.