Print magazine relaunched in January 2011 with an editorial concept focused on collaborating with different contemporary design practices for each issue. Project Projects was invited to initiate this program by guest editing and art directing a special section on the theme of “Collaboration” itself. Running throughout the section, a transcript of a roundtable discussion between a select group of designers, writers, and artists addresses the uses and abuses of collaboration in different disciplines.
Other articles, all commissioned by Project Projects, depart from the magazine’s typical themes in order to reflect on collaborative design practice new ways. The issue includes profiles of Fluxus artist Alison Knowles, the seminal political art collective Group Material, and the filmmaker Jonas Mekas along with contributions about the unique band-like business model of Brooklyn design studio Athletics, the architecture of Artists Space itself, and a lyrical essay on collaboration and time by Raqs Media Collective. Each article’s headline typography is a new or unreleased typeface by a different type designer. In this way, the issue itself becomes a large-scale effort that brings together a host of Project Projects’ collaborators, both past and present.