Terribly recommended for those who deal with graphic design every day and want to know what is happening on the other side of the globe, in the world of paper.
C-Site (C = conversation) is a completely handcrafted magazine, handcrafted by the contemporary graphic design studio Ori Studio and published by Dainprint, Both based in Beijing.
This is an extremely "experimental" project because it is built on a diametrically different level from what we are used to knowing also on Frab's. It arises, in fact, from the deconstruction of the classic idea of magazine and interview (main object of the product) that many contemporary independent magazines carry on.
Given a theme, designers, architects, photographers, graphic designers and other mainly Asian professionals are asked to develop it by creating an interconnection between them in a sort of "sequential interview", in a format that can be described in mathematical language as follows: (a → b), (b → c)… (j → a). Basically the character to tells his vision on the theme to which the issue is dedicated, then turns to b asking him a question to which b he answers by giving his own interpretation and then formulating his own question a c.
With C-Site forget the classic (and in some ways comfortable) magazine format because we are called to interact, armed with letter openers, to discover the hidden texts in the double-leaf pages.
If the format is incredible, its graphics are not hand-drawn with an avant-garde layout, but clean, linear, almost metaphysical.
Limited edition: 1000 copies
Printed in February 2021
Dimensions: 25.5x19 cm
Content: 137 pages
Materials: various papers, thin cardboard, transparent plastics
Publisher: da 大 in print
Language: Chinese and English
ISSUE 3 - OTHER
If we photograph the present, immortalizing a moment forever, past and future become "other". This also applies to individual intervals that are on a timeline. Starting from this assumption, which is based on the timeline, the editors of C-site in this third issue pause to investigate the theme of the "other" understood as everything that exists outside our bubble or, better, of that space that our imagination is able to create and in which we let our consciousness wander.
How can we define what "other" is? Is it possible to observe the space (or the intertwined relationship) between "other" and a subject? How to distinguish "other" from the space that surrounds it? Can the phenomenon of the "other" be described as an illusion?