Sampler: Benji Knewman #6

by Grace Wang in May 2017
Art & design

When we think no one’s watching, we stare curiously at the people around us. They might be riding a bicycle that looks like ours, or listening to music that sounds vaguely familiar: we’re social beings inherently interested in other humans. This week’s Sampler offer, Benji Knewman, taps into this curiosity by presenting “lives that you can read.”

The Latvian/English magazine combines humour-filled social observances with touching tales of ordinary individuals living meaningful lives. It’s a fantastic bundle of graphic goodness too, with stunning typography, and great illustrations and photography. Read on to see some spreads from the issue, and watch our video review of one of their earlier editions. If you like what you see, head over to Sampler to secure your copy for free shipping.

In this issue:

— Russian writer Oleg Sivun ponders the chaos of constant technological seductions, and how to survive it
— Dear Instagram, we need to talk about the nipple!
— Riga shopkeepers Dite Jurcāne and Armen Nacherian on sleeping in the shop, and the value of a sellers’ honesty
— Working from Dome: Graphic designer Sasha Ushakov welcomes you to his office in the hundred-year-old watering tower
— Why is there a plastic bag with plastic bags in every Latvian household?
— Art for art’s sake: Conformists and non-conformists in the Soviet Latvia


Sampler is the only place you can get this freshly launched magazine for 10% off, and free shipping to the US, UK and Europe. But we have limited copies available, so don’t sleep on this!

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