Gregor Muir is a freelance graphic designer, based in Glasgow. Here he talks about his new travel zine, anecdote.
anecdote is a travel zine about journeys and trips taken all around the world, long or short, big or small, far and wide. Primarily anecdote is classed as a travel/photo zine with some written content throughout.
Every issue is about a journey I, the creator, has taken or about a trip another fellow traveler has been on. The design of each issue circulates around the nature of the trip taken. Issue one was a very personal trip which encompassed many different cultures and countries therefore many different design styles, paper choices and treatments are included within the same issue, whereas issue 2 circulated around a quick trip taken over the course of 4 days on the Isle of Arran. It has more of a consistent style and was produced as an easy read, something relaxing and fun, much like the trip, so it was printed on newsprint to gave that “Sunday newspaper” feel.
While I’m away on any journey I write postcards to myself of what I’ve done each day or at each location. This is the basis and foundation of each issue and is used to keep each issue consistent and give a true account of what I’ve done each place. An authentic anecdote.
It is solely produced by myself (the first two issues anyway). I do the design, production, art direction, photography (occasional contribution via people I may have traveled with) and writing. I do it on the side of my main job.
Overall you could describe anecdote as an experimental zine as the design, format and production of each issue should change dependent on the location and journey. It should evoke a reflection of the content and represent the journey taken and the unique experiences or adventures witnessed by the traveler/s.
It’s not a travel guide or ‘how to travel’ document but an insight into someone else’s journey, with notes and quotes from experiences they have had. It’s more a personal reflection.
Only two issue have been released so far. Issue one, which has sold out, was based on a three week trip inter-railing around Central Europe. Issue two is based on a long weekend away on the Isle of Arran.
In future issues, I’m hoping to collaborate with more people and feature more journeys and trips taken by other people who love travel and adventures.
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