Issue One - Fuzzy
Meet feeeels, a new publication examining the margins between the material world and its immaterial representations. Founded by Angela Lorenzo, Drew Litowitz, Lauren Traugott-Campbell and Sarah Mohammadi, the four graphic designers first met on RISDs graduate graphic design programme. Before that, however, the four creatives had careers outside the design industry, a useful quality that came in handy when it came to informing the debut issues diverse content.
Despite coming from a range of different backgrounds, it was at RISD where the group found a mutual passion for iterative, community-based learning. A way of learning fully celebrated in graduate courses in particular.
After graduating, the four magazine founders went their separate ways for a while, but it wasnt long until they each felt the urge to recreate that studio-like atmosphere for themselves. Sarah tells Its Nice That: We felt ourselves slipping into a binary approach to design, where others would simply comment on our work rather than engage and converse in the underlying themes and ideas. They yearned for something that bridged the gap between thematic conversation and proactive pragmatism, somewhere that brought together a range of different responses all in one place. And just like that, feeeels was born.
As multi-disciplinary designers, explains Angela, we wanted a means to address how concepts of tactility have been affected by our increasingly digital world. Although touch is just one of five human sensations, we feel that it is the most powerfully intimate, relying on physical proximity in ways that are completely at odds with our current digital culture.
With this in mind, the designers were curious to know how a tactile adjective like fuzziness would inform the notions of materiality and immateriality. The term fuzzy, for instance, has both a physical and metaphorical significance. It can be used in a broad spectrum of topics and issues, and so, the founders felt it would be an apt theme for feeeels debut issue.