Mucho excitement at the launch of issue two of Something Dark. This a fantastically experimental magazine with truly mesmerising photography and imagery.
The team behind the magazine set out their mission as: SDk02’s range of analytical and critical writing challenges conventional interpretations of the cultural, economic and political norms that rule and ruin our individual lives and our societies. Two feature articles work together to scrutinise not only the civilisation-degrading tabloid culture that blights the contemporary media landscape, but also the more extensive and insidious system that we dub the “tabloid ecosystem”.
This issue contains a number of sexuality and identity related stories that focus on the ‘dark’, often hidden and under-discussed identities. The photography and images reflect this. It’s a must for anyone interested in sexuality, identity and creative ideas, but defies simple labelling and pigeonholing.
The magazine also takes an innovative approach to structure. Unlike most news, magazine- and journalstyle websites, which depart from their print-published counterparts in format, look and feel because they were developed with by-now conventional website design in mind, SDk has been developed with the format, look and feel of a print magazine. Yet, being fully htmlcoded and pushing the limits of that technology, it also offers the full dynamism of the internet, especially in a complex system of internal linking, that flash sites cannot deliver. The editorial team argue that intensive editorial preparation for SDk02 allowed for extensive refinement of SomethingDark’s technical development and a presentation that now delivers an even more unique web-based magazine experience. It certainly does that, and I found it a joy to navigate on both my iPad and iMac desktop.