The Life of Things: The Ball

After advice from my tutors, I decided to sign up to the STACK magazine subscription service. I thought that this would open my eyes to magazines and subjects that I wouldn’t necessarily choose myself, as well as developing my cultural knowledge. The magazines that I collect will be a great aid when it comes to InDesign layout. I am always on the lookout for independent magazines, so this subscription will be perfect for me to explore this.

The first magazine I received was, The Life of Things: The Ball, MacGuffin Nº 6. The imagery and illustrations in the issue are captivating and seemless. MacGuffin is a biannual design & crafts magazine featuring fabulous stories about ordinary things.

The magazine explores everything from sport and the construction of the ball itself, tumbleweed and plants, ball-point pen, disco balls, bubbles, architecture, as well as the Metabolism movement and other historical events – I wasn’t expecting such a broad span.

I really enjoyed the, ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ section, ‘Nothing quite captures the spirit of freedom and the great outdoors like the humble tumbleweed, though the best place to study it is indoors, on the shelves of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London.’ When I think of tumbleweed, I would have never considered them to be balls, however I guess they are the iconic rolling shepherd of the plant world.

The, All The Marbles, section has the most beautiful photography – photographs by Schrltens & Abbenes. In contrast to the slight rough craft paper of the rest of the magazine, these images are printed on a shiny surface, adding to the marbles’ glossy appearance. The marbles are magnified so the colours and details of the balls are crisp; the colour of the ball is mirrored in the background, adding to the seamless appearance.

I now also see a typewriter in a completely different light, ‘In a society dependent on information and communication, a small sphere covered in characters allowed typefaces to grasp the zeitgeist or ‘match the mood of your correspondence.’ The hitting ball.

I was so interested in the range of connotations around the Ball as a motif and the different interpretations of what is considered a ball. The edition uncovered the personal relationships we have with the stuff that surrounds us. It has really made me start to look at other objects in a new light and consider what other things would come under the same category.



Author: Rachel Fox

Hello I am a second year Fashion Communication and Promotion student who is a creative and self-motivated individual with a strong interest in visual content creation. I am always seeking opportunities to broaden my skills and experiences within the dynamic creative industries; this being evident within my blog and online portfolio. With experience of both working and studying within the fast-passed sector, I have practical industry-level awareness that I apply to every assigned brief as well as personal endeavour. My work spans a variety of topics including Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel, Food and issues surrounding Societal and Environmental affairs. I am able to produce a range of innovative, forward-thinking outcomes that are tailored to the chosen target consumer. Being driven, ambitious and organised, I strive to share my enthusiasm for the world of visual communication.

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