Backstage Talk is an independent magazine that puts forth informal yet erudite conversations with creatives. The conversations are about design and business, and how the designers can create a balance between both. It helps us as a reader to learn from how respondents think and approach their work.

Its editor writes: “the choices we make shape and influence the complex world we live in; to be able to make right decisions, we need to talk.”

What 'Backstage Talks' About?

The entire magazine is a great discussion on how design can change things for the better by making them useful and pleasant.

Backstage Talks, while presenting the point of view of creatives interviewed many times earlier, successfully brings real and lasting value to its readers derived from those detail-inclusive interactions.

The value is delivered in the form of the ideas, thought processes, and concepts the interviewees carry and how they manage work.

The New Look

The style of the magazine is without frills. Simple A4 format is used with the title, and mission statement clearly written on the cover.

The cover of this latest issue, the sixth, is also the first to abandon the hitherto characteristic typographic visuals in favor of sketchy illustration.

The description under the title of the magazine on the cover page reveals the theme and briefly explains what a reader should expect inside.

The Theme

“Curiosity and Emotion are necessary parts of any creative project. How can we feed them in a time of global anxiety and uncertainty?...”. This excerpt explicitly presents the insights a reader would find on the inside pages.

Below is the essence of two of the articles you'll find in the sixth issue of Backstage Talks. Let's have a look.

Stimulating Curiosity

In the editorial “Collect and Connect”, Zuzana Kvetková invites designers to go beyond design to find fresh ideas and stay open to anything that comes their way.

Only by observing, exploring, and collecting without judgment, do we begin to see parallels between things that a moment ago seemed distant and non-relevant. These unexpected connections and incidents often seem to lead to the best creative work none imagined before. This could be one of the many keys to stimulating curiosity and hence growing business.

Comes Inspiration From Differents

If the answer "Kim Kardashian" to the question "What inspires you?" triggers a spontaneous laugh or a little perplexity, Martin Jen's article is just for you.

The environment we live in affects us mysteriously and magnanimously, that's quite incomprehensible, even if we are aware of it. The industry we work in, our city, our neighborhood, our family, our friends, and our enemies, all unconsciously teach us several things. In a way, it dictates our personality. The appropriate way to speak, dress, and think, and respecting certain models are a few examples of it.

Beautiful things can be born when we bring together parts of opposing and different cultures. High art versus pop culture, the alternative scene versus the commercial one, and philosophy versus simple pleasures are some of those juxtaposing examples.

However, a little voice in our head will always tell us, "this is not good. You can't listen to the Spice Girls and classical music too". And when we find ourselves drawing pleasure or utility from things considered "low", we feel ashamed of it.Then, how will we produce beautiful and useful things if we ignore anything that is different?

Contempt for neither the mass media nor the subcultures makes us better. Instant judgment kills curiosity. Let's not let our ego and our sense of superiority limit the exploration of the world around us. Let us give ourselves the opportunity to shape our opinions and to train us for this exercise.

Jen is bringing back three lessons we can learn from Miley Cyrus. Can you imagine what they might be?
January 09, 2023 — Frab's Magazines & More

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