Incorporating the Global Architecture Graduate Awards and leading architectural research, the AR’s new digital issue represents the future of architectural publishing
The Architectural Review has launched its first digital issue, with a dynamic website celebrating the best student design work and academic research in architecture.
Launched today, The Education Issue is a digital magazine designed to respond to phones, tablets, laptops and desktops to give AR readers an immersive experience with beautiful typography and dramatic full-screen images.
The Education Issue is the first project of its kind from The Architectural Review and is potentially a game-changer in architectural publishing, in terms of both design and content.
It brings together some of the best student design work from architectural schools around the world in the 2014 Global Architecture Graduate Awards as well as selected research papers from academic journals and specially commissioned essays from leading architectural teachers.
Will Hunter, Editor of the GAGA section said, ‘This is the AR’s largest adventure in publishing formats for a decade. It felt completely right to use the Global Architecture Graduate Awards as the vehicle for this online experiment. Students have always been at the forefront of pushing boundaries; so we wanted to push the boundaries of how we communicated their work.’
Designing the digital issue to integrate essays, films, architectural drawings and to be responsive across devices was achieved with a column-based structure that elegantly collapses with changing screen sizes. Subtle animations and a bold, legible design help readers to navigate the issue when reading on a large screen, while at phone-size the site compresses to a single column with less image-heavy articles.
AR assistant editor Phineas Harper, who led the project with developer Ben Chernett, said, ‘We wanted to give our readers the best possible experience on their phone as well as the large screens they might have in their practices. Our articles are a mix of long essays and much shorter, image-led critiques, therefore we worked hard on integrating typography and images to speak a coherent graphic language.’
The Architectural Review Education Issue is free to read on completing a short form, and online at architectural-review.com/educationissue.