Slanted Magazine #41—Amsterdam

Slanted Magazine #41—Amsterdam

Spring / Summer 2023

Author: Helene Hohmann

The Slanted team went to Amsterdam to check out the design scene and fell for the charm of the city’s century-old “bruine kroegen” (brown cafes). Seeking refuge after bike rides to design studios, they were quickly won over by the cozy ambiance, dark wood, old-fashioned decor, and the aroma of fried croquettes. Now we are glad to announce the launch of Slanted Magazine #41—Amsterdam.

Color and form play an important role in Amsterdam’s design, which is egalitarian and serves the masses. Design is ubiquitous in Amsterdam, from the bike path to the police cars and even the city crest. The maze of canals and the upcoming neighborhoods are characterized by muted tones, dominated by black cobblestones, and dark brick. Behind the facades it rattles. The Dutch have always let it rip. The orange is more intense, the red more luminous, the black more brutal. Design is radical, it crashes, it vibrates. 

There are few places where color and form play such an important role. Design is innovative, modern, functional, and spiced with a pinch of humor. Design is about egalitarianism, not reserved for the wealthy elite. Design serves the masses. And so it happens that everything is professionally designed. The bike path, the kebab stand, the tax return form, the police cars, the park benches and trash cans, the vegetables.

In its 41st issue, Slanted gathers a selection of Amsterdam’s most brilliant minds and provides deep insights into their work and values in the magazine and in the numerous video interviews. Illustrations, interviews, essays, and an extensive appendix with many useful tips and an overview with the latest Dutch typefaces complete the issue thematically.

Beside the issue two very limited special editions have been published: A black long sleeve designed by graphic designer and creative coder Vera van de Seyp and silkscreen printed with fluorescent green by Everpress in an edition of 100 pieces only + a bundle with a DTF transfer print produced by with which you can get creative :)

A thousand thanks to all those who took the time to meet us and share their views on the world and design with us and who are now part of the issue! Many thanks also to our supporters and sponsors, without whom the magazine would not have been possible in this form. Thank you very much!

Featured contributors: 75B, Athenaeum Boekhandel & Nieuwscentrum, Maarten Baptist, Blast Foundry, BNO, Irma Boom, Brût Homeware, Building Fictions, Mélanie Corre, Vanessa van Dam, DBXL, De Designpolitie, De Vorm, Javier Rodríguez Fernández, FreelingWaters, fw:books, Graypants, Hansje van Halem, Haller Brun, Olivier Heiligers, Juna Horstmans, Jeremy Jansen, Elisa van Joolen, Annabel Keijzer, KesselsKramer, Elisabeth Klement, Kooij, Lesley Moore, MacGuffin, MainStudio, martens and martens, Mass-Driver, Moniker, Michelangelo Nigra, nouch, Novo Typo, NXS WORLD, Moriz Oberberger, Our Polite Society, Revised, Charlotte Rohde, Rush Hour Music, Vera van de Seyp, Studio Jord Noorbeek, studioHendriksen, Sunne, Jolana Sýkorová, Terry Bleu, The Rodina, thonik, Kai Udema, Underwear, untold-stories, VANTOT, Jasper de Waard, Edgar Walthert, Julian Williams.

Slanted Magazine #41—Amsterdam

Publisher: Slanted Publishers
Release: April 2023
Format: 16 × 24 × 1.7 cm
Volume: 224 pages
Language: English
Printer: Offset printing, Stober Medien, Germany
Workmanship: Softcover with flaps, Swiss brochure, thread-stitching, offset printing with spot color
Cradboard: Crescendo CS1, 320 g/sm, distributed by Inapa Deutschland
Paper: GalaxiArt Samt 115 g/sm, Holmen TRND 1.6, 70 g/sm, Holmen TRND V 2.0 60 g/sm
ISBN: 978-3-948440-47-3
ISSN: 1867-6510
Price: € 18.–

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