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mankind// mag APRIL 2009

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designformankind.com

with work from la casita de wendy, mimi kato and eden veaudry PLUS! confessions of an optimist...


WELCOME TO THE FUTURE.

just kidding. it始s not the future. it始s only mankind mag. [don始t be scared.]


thanks for your download. we hope you like it here. we live here, so we like it a lot, actually.

image credit: ana maraz


mankind
manifesto We
like
all
people,
but
we
love
creative
people
most.
If
you’re
creative
AND
nice?
Even
better. We
think
design
is
super
cool.
But
not
that
normal
design-ness.
Nope. Pure,
cool,
mankind
design. You
won’t
find
celebrities
here.
They
don’t
belong. And
you
won’t
find
trendy
restaurants.
They
don’t
belong
either. In
fact,
they’re
where
the
celebrities
are. We’d
rather
be
eating
Ramen
and
reading
books.
 [Yeah,
we’re
smart,
too.] And
art?
Yes,
art
you
will
find
here. After
all,
Design
is
inevitable.
Celebrated.
Design
for
Mankind.


table
of
contents eden veaudry on in moti y r t e o p la casita s de wendy ndra a s t abou g s n y i iz ebony b meth o s e’s ther miekewille

ms mimi kato s b’musing t

rabu a h s aka

photo
credit:
eden
veaudry


a
note
from
the
editor The
truth
about
rose-colored
glasses...
from
me
to
you.

So here’s the deal. Our economy is in the tank, ing doom that circles the air above us. We have of the money that we don’t have. So let’s shape each other, and we’ll all get through this time

and we’re all freaked out. I get that. But what I don’t get is this impendbeautiful things -- some of which are totally free and require very little up. Be positive [at least a bit]. Be nice to each other; be encouraging to of total shat.

Yes, I meant to say “shat.” I don’t curse much. XOXO, Erin Loechner, Editor Mankind Mag

photo
credit:
la
casita
de
wendy


photo
credit:
adam
krause

? Y R R E H C S WHO I

[IN HER WORDS]

cat lady--grey gardens ring a bell? grew up in rhode island, played soccer at the university of florida for four years, studied english, moved to madrid for a minute to tutor english, back to g-ville to drink with good friends, waitress, cater, and bake. best place. best years of my life. then up to new york to get my mfa in poetry writing at columbia---teaching, writing, interning, anythinging. i like to eat, pig products specifically. i like to cook and culinary school was plan b if i hadn't gotten into mfa programs. i love to ride my bike, but have otherwise quit exercising.

behind
the
scenes A
chat
with
our
April
cover
girl...
wheeee!

what were your first reactions when your girlfriend kara submitted you for mankind mag's cover girl? i was a little surprised when kara submitted for me, because she had done so behind my back and with pictures i had taken and sent for "her eyes only." so there was a mini "that's not cool" moment, immediately assuaged by her gushing and smiling that i had gotten it. then vanity took over from there. how was the shoot? how was adam? the shoot was good. i think adam was surprised (or maybe internally infuriated) that i was not the most outgoing subject because i am, i think even at first utterance, a very outgoing person. truth is, i'm a touch camera shy. anyway, it was super relaxed. kara came with me because it was in adam's apartment and we didn't know if he was going to be an ax murderer or not. turns out he's not. he's really funny and nice and from florida. i think we would have fun drinking together and/or eating poached eggs. which we might eventually do.

music? i don't remember what we listened to. it was in the background. we were all pretty chatty, so i think we were drowning out the music. loved your outfit. what did you wear? i wore a black tank top, black skinny jeans, my men's brown frye boots and my piggy necklace. it was cool because i wear this all the time, so i felt completely comfortable. and adam let me flex for a picture, so that was fun too. i'm tough. but not tough enough to be happy about growling. he kept asking me to growl. weirdo. nervous? i was only nervous beforehand so k and i mixed up some a.m. cocktails, jack and ginger w/a little lemonade to make it breakfasty. what do you love about mankind mag? it's some hip shit, but not in an obnoxious way. it's a design mag of course, but without being exclusively designy. it's more of a lifestyle pronouncement.


snap-delicious!

MANKIND
MAG’s
Kelly
Roberson
has
a
seat
with
one
of
our
favorite
rosey
photographers,
Akasha
Rabut.


If you relocate to Chicago in the dead of winter, your glass must be perpetually half-full. Such is the life of Akasha Rabut, a photographer whose dreamy, luscious images speak volumes about her single-minded dedication to the craft. As springtime blooms in the Windy City, here’s what Akasha’s dreaming of—and doing...

photo
credit:
akasha
rabut


snap-delicious// continued
from
pages
22-23


snap-delicious// continued
from
pages
22-23

S P I T Y H P A R G O T O H P AKASHA’S “Film
 is
 my
 best
 friend,”
 says
 Akasha
 of
 her
 dedication
 to
 her
 old-school
 cameras.
“I
can
 predict
what
it’s
going
 to
do,
 I
can
 manipulate
 it,
and
I
love
 the
grittiness
and
rawness.
I’m
not
switching
to
digital
anytime
soon.” 


No
 matter:
 There
 are
 things
 us
 mere
 mortals,
 armed
 with
 our
 point-

and-shoots,
can
learn
from
Akasha.
Here
are
a
few
tips: 1. Forget
about
 yourself.
 When
 Akasha
 is
 setting
 up
 a
 shoot,
 she
 concentrates
on
shapes
and
patterns,
but
not
on
herself.
“Become
part
of
 the
surroundings.”
 2. Embrace
 your
 inner
 graphic
 designer.
 Try
 to
 move
 the
 viewer’s
 eye
 through
 as
 much
 of
 the
 photo
 as
 possible,
 using
 the
 landscape,
 the
 people,
the
colors—whatever
works.
 3. Be
 a
 realist.
 There
 are
 no
 do-overs
 for
 Akasha.
 Take
the
 photo
 as
 is
 and
see
what
happens 4. Observe,
observe,
 observe.
Watch
people
for
their
signature
mannerisms
and
movements—licking
lips,
for
example—and
capture
that. 5. Watch
for
emotions.
 “My
eye
is
glued
to
 my
camera
 to
 find
 out
what
 people
 are
feeling,”
she
says.
 “I’ll
 sit
and
 watch
 them
 until
I
see
 them
 do
 something,
 or
 I’ll
 ask
 them
 questions
 about
 what
 makes
 them
 happy
or
sad,
and
after
that
it
starts
happening.” 6. Get
silly.
In
her
Big
Sur
work,
many
of
the
subjects
are
half-hidden
with
 their
 hands.
 It
was
a
trick
Akasha
 decided
 on
to
break
 the
 ice.
 “If
 I’m
 shooting
someone
I
don’t
know
very
well,
it
helps
me
break
the
ice
to
 have
them
do
silly
stuff.”



snap-delicious// continued
from
pages
22-23

film is my best friend.


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