Bum is an independent Finnish zine of culture, design and architecture, printed in a limited number of copies using editorial techniques from the 1980s.
In each issue, editors meet emerging talents in these three disciplines who exhibit projects or produce critical articles on existing projects.
Printing is done with soy-based ink in risograph.
The resulting editorial product is particularly sui generis for two reasons: it is a limited zine in terms of number of pages, but the type of almost artisanal printing makes each copy unique.
It is a zine that finally breaks a pattern and a taboo with the reader: it openly says what its costs are, in a clear and concise way we find them expressed on the site.
ISSUE 1 - COMMON
Issue 1 of Bum is a fascinating 20-page zine (including triplet inserts) produced in just 100 hand-numbered copies. Conceived in Helsinki, it was printed and bound in Stockholm by Jemini Press specialized in risographs.
Inside we find projects and articles by architects, designers and artists.
- Evolving Workspace of the interior architect Markus Holste
- The City as A School by the architect Andra Antone
- Consider “The” Dictionary of the design writer and curator Lara Chapman
- Collective Wisdom of the architect Lee Marable
- Foreshore: Temporarily Open of the designer Charlotte V Smith
- Time in Common of visual artists Hikari Nishida and Signe Cygan
- Hull of a Home of the potter Mimi McPartlan
- Finding Phenomena: The Harju Morgue Case of Franny Françoise
Super Lover of the designer Roosa Melentjeff
A real peculiarity of the Bum Editions project is to make it clear right away in a very explicit way with the reader the reason for the cost of the zine. Publishers do it directly from the product page of their site and explain them as we report them:
"Risograph Printing Costs: ~ € 7.50 / copy
Contributor's Fees: ~ € 7.50 / copy
Packing Costs: ~ € 1 / copy
VAT: € 6 / copy
Editing, Design, Prepress, Administration, Marketing, Illustration: € 3 / copy "
Dimensions: 20x27.5 cm