This past weekend I sent an e-mail to a guy on craigslist, he was giving away a bunch of issues of Conde Nast Portfolio. We met in the parking lot at a decrepit K-mart, a company found guilty in 2002 of using media to mislead shareholders.
The desperate, decaying retail setting, the bored kids in the car next to me waiting for their dealer, the shamefully meta bankruptcy of the very magazine that catered to pre-crisis nouveau riche. I guess my coping mechanism during these times has been to glamorize the fallout. Glamorizing reality must be slightly better than ignoring it altogether, yes? Anyway, I love financial magazines! Nowhere else in publishing is the gap between art and politics so completely disregarded.
The financial industry itself is comprised of nothing more than pages, screens, numbers and letters. Editorial design is present in banking everywhere from a teller window, to CNBC, to the Wall Street Journal. It may not be the driving force behind the market, but it does form a body for it to inhabit.
So please enjoy these standout pages, they ooze control, emptiness, betrayal, order attempting to appear as though it isn’t falling into chaos. I also hope you enjoy my haphazard page tearing and lack of bleed-through correction. I just thought it looked nice.
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