Qompendium is an evolving and ever-changing platform for philosophy, art, culture and science, represented by a series of print publications: magazines, books and monographs. Furthermore, it is enriched by a gallery concept, a work shop and a fast-moving online portal.


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we talked about it already.

Clothes are only ever made interesting through the wearer’s own interpretation of how to make a garment work.

 

An interview with Lachlan Smeeton and Dennis Paphitis of Aesop on the opening of their new menswear shop Épatant in Melbourne. 

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I think all sex you enjoy and find fulfilling is perfect – flaws, stumbles and awkwardness included. If everyone is getting what they want, you’re doing alright.

 

Qompendium in talk with Kim and Natalie, founders of Awkward Sex Zine. First time sex in a Camaro involving a Slurpee, blowjobs gone awry, park romps and strap-on shopping all come to a head in the 26 page anthology of essays, confessionals and artworks.

Read full interview here.

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Awkward Sex Zine
Posted
Wednesday, 08.08.2012

First time sex in a Camaro involving a Slurpee, blowjobs gone awry, park romps and strap-on shopping all come to a head in the 26 page anthology of essays and confessionals that is Awkward Sex Zine. Behind the fiery rocket red cover, you’ll find contributions from 20 women from six different countries around the world discussing the endearing subject of awkward sex with all its tribulations – physical, pyschological and situational – that follow suit. Though awkward intimate tales are often portrayed with a comedic leitmotif, the zine spins a yarn on sexual experiences that are less satirical and more like dreadful close encounters of the third kind. Afterall, the level of awkwardness relies on the point of view and level of comfort for the participant: a fetish for one may be an unswerving embarassment for another.

Though many people are more than reluctant to share their less-than-perfect sexual experiences or non-conformity to socially prescribed monogamous and heterosexual relationships, this project aims to dissolve such inhibitions and in turn empower women to speak of awkward sex and what it teaches us about ourselves and our desires.

Below we speak with founders Kim and Natalie to find out more about their project.


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The Multifaceted Michael Cina
Posted
Thursday, 27.01.2011

Michael Cina is an internationally recognized Creative Director who is currently leading a multi-disciplinary design studio, Cina Associates. Michael is known globally for originating YouWorkForThem, a graphic design boutique, and its' sister company, WeWorkForThem, an award-winning design studio.

Read questionnaire with Michael Cina here.
Qompendium is in love with Cina's art projects and collages.

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It is Matterprinted!

 

With sites and blogs on magazines and collectibles mushrooming and the Internet becoming diversified one question will still remain unsatisfied: Is print dead? No, print is certainly alive and Qompendium is working on that since 2001 with strong belief in the power of paper. Yet the exploration of digital formats is as thriling and with sites such as Matterprinted more people will understand this power and develop concepts for using this medium for their clients and ideas.

Meet Panos and Ari of Matterprinted.

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It is Matterprinted!
Posted
Wednesday, 05.01.2011

So what is Matterprinted all about? Panos and Aris met at Ozon Magazine where they work as Creative Director and Digital Director respectively. Sharing a common passion for printed matter the partners decided to create a curated magazine cover archive and thus Matterprinted.com was born. With sites and blogs on magazines and collectibles mushrooming and the Internet becoming diversified one question will still remain unsatisfied: Is print dead? No, print is certainly alive and Qompendium is working on that since 2001 with strong belief in the power of paper. Yet the exploration of digital formats is as thriling and with sites such as Matterprinted more people will understand this power and develop concepts for using this medium for their clients and ideas.

Read what Panos and Ari of Matterprinted have to say...


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Raphael Garnier, the Illusionist
Posted
Thursday, 26.08.2010

Together with Alain Rodiguez, French artist Raphael Garnier has founded their graphic design studio Pipi Parade, in Paris. The studio delivers both experimental solutions to solid every day visuals for clients from the world of fashion, design, music and contemporary art.

Raphael Garnier has invited Colin Henderson to be his counterpart for this fifth edition of Qompendium Questionnaire Session.

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Meet Colin Henderson

 

After graduating with an Illustration BA from Brighton University, Colin moved to London where he has gone on to work in a diverse range of bespoke collaborations and projects; from music videos to record sleeves and knitwear. In October he will be going back to school to study a Printmaking MA at the Royal College of Art.

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Meet Colin Henderson
Posted
Thursday, 26.08.2010

After graduating with an Illustration BA from Brighton University, Colin moved to London where he has gone on to work in a diverse range of bespoke collaborations and projects; from music videos to record sleeves and knitwear. In October he will be going back to school to study a Printmaking MA at the Royal College of Art.

Raphael Garnier invited Colin Henderson to be his counterpart for the fifth Qompendium Questionnaire Session.


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Straight and Upfront: Marcus Luft – Fashion Director, Journalist, Blogger
Posted
Tuesday, 10.08.2010

Opinionated, fashion connoisseur Marcus Luft stays straight and upfront giving us an insight into his realm with some snap shots of his life and surroundings. Amazingly Marcus Luft first wanted to be a priest, thanks to the non-existing God he went for journalism. As he is the imperious Fashion Director at Gala we all might be assuming he lives the life of a notorious fashion party animal, but surprisingly this not the case. We met Marcus Luft in Berlin and were charmed by his genuine personal self and his in-depth passion for textiles, craftsmanship and even independent publishing.

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Thomas Jeppe likes Unemployment, but with Pressure!
Posted
Wednesday, 21.07.2010

Thomas Jeppe is a Melbourne-based artist and founder of independent publisher Serps Press. Publications include Home Made Tattoos Rule, Shoot: Photography of the Moment, The Times They Are The Changes.  His practice is an ongoing negotiation between publishing, painting, sculpture and photography.


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Mitch Beige Brown: Art is Good and bad, Sometimes a Joke!
Posted
Wednesday, 21.07.2010

Working from his home studio in Sydney Australia, Mitch Beige Brown creates visual aids and bold, inspired graphics for a selective base of cultural clients. His message is direct, but rich in concept, exploring some of life’s issues; both the mundane and the fantastic. Taking inspiration from the principles of ancient symbols and forgotten zeitgeists, Mitch marries strong typography with engaging imagery across his record sleeves, book projects, branding, textiles, web design and art direction. He enjoys swims at the beach, cold beer, prog rock and chicken sandwiches.

For the Qompendium Questionnaire Session Mitch invited Thomas Jeppe to be his counterpart.


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Too Much Night

 

It was the case of too much representation, too much acting, too much posturing, too much hairspray, too  much make up, too much Botox, too much bullshit and too much fraud, all caught red-faced within the sprawl of the red carpet and feeling that all once again, I walked away from what I felt like too much night.

CS Leigh and Kimberly Lloyd in a conversation about the adventures of publishing and film making.

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Too Much Night
Posted
Thursday, 01.07.2010

It was the case of too much representation, too much acting, too much posturing, too much hairspray, too  much make up, too much Botox, too much bullshit and too much fraud, all caught red-faced within the sprawl of the red carpet and feeling that all once again, I walked away from what I felt like too much night.

A converstation with CS Leigh with Kimberly Lloyd


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Michael Jackson, Darren Julien, Kimberly Lloyd

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Mecca of Memorabilia
Posted
Thursday, 24.06.2010

In these times of bankruptcy as social sports and as real estate prices tumble on a daily basis, one should consider a more solid investment with one’s hard-earned dollars. Of course, for most of Darren Julien’s customers, it’s not about gold and diamonds but about the extravagance of possessing an emotional item linked to an adored celebrity or a musician whether living or dead. Darren Julien has auctioneered items and belongings from the estate of Marilyn Monroe, the entire estate of Michael Jackson, curiosities such as William Shatner’s kidney stones, Alfred Hitchcock’s drivers license and Madonna’s contract with the american Vogue. In this feature, Darren Julien takes us on a journey through his “Mecca of memorabilia” and teaches us the finesse of auctioneering and collecting the proper way.

Darren Julien in a converstation with Editor in chief of Qompendium, Kimberly Lloyd  and this interview was conducted prior to the death of Michael Joseph Jackson, June 25, 2009.


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Jean-Christophe Babin on Precision Watch-making
Posted
Wednesday, 09.06.2010

TAG Heuer’s innovative and avant-garde esprit is not only found in the originality of its creations, but also in the way in which it manufactures and assembles them. To do so, the company brings together designers, production and quality engineers, with other specialists from the watch, car and medical industries. A short questionnaire with Jean-Christophe Babin, the President and CEO of the company.


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Squint your eyes for
Martin Cole

 

This fourth Qompendium Questionnaire Session is with Martin Cole and Thibaut Robin. Martin Cole reinvents stock clipart by adding malevolence, a bit of humor and his very own irony to leave behind ugly illustrations where you do squint your eyes and scroll back for a longer view. On "Qompendium's 100 Illustrators to Watch" Martin Cole would certainly belong.

Read full questionnaire here.

installation, illustrator

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Thibault Robin, the Cowboy from Outer Space
Posted
Wednesday, 02.06.2010

This fourth Qompendium Questionnaire Session is with Thibaut Robin and Martin Cole. Thibaut Robin studied graphic design at École Supérieure d’Arts Appliqués de Bourgogne Nevers France and began as an assistant for the french-Swiss graphic designer Mathias Schweizer and later he worked for the Atelier de Création graphique, Pierre Bernard. Currently Thibaut Robin is commissioned for different projects allowing him to experiment with exhibitions, v-jaying, lecturing and exploring the presentation forms of images and their their mythological significance.


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An Interview with Google on Government Access to Personal Information

 

For nearly twenty years Privacy International (PI) has vigorously defended personal privacy. Read their interview with Google on the subject of personal information and governmental access  here.

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The Qompendium Questionnaire Session 03
Posted
Friday, 23.04.2010

This third Qompendium Questionnaire Session is with Fabian Harb and Samuel Bänziger, both young designers from Switzerland opening their versatile portfolios for Qompendium to view. A collection of posters, self-initiated magazines, developed type faces, experimental art direction and above all their cutting edge of rawness, another new garde of young minds influencing graphic design landscape.


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The Qompendium Questionnaire Session 03
Posted
Friday, 23.04.2010

This third Qompendium Questionnaire Session is with Samuel Bänziger and Fabian Harb, both young designers from Switzerland opening their versatile portfolios for Qompendium to view. A collection of posters, self-initiated magazines, developed type faces, experimental art direction and above all their cutting edge of rawness, another new garde of young minds influencing graphic design landscape.

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michael willis, david callow, pierre vanni

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The Qompendium Questionnaire Session 02
Posted
Sunday, 18.04.2010

Graphic artist Michael Willis graduated from the Arts Institute at Bournemouth (now AUCB) in 2009 with a degree in illustration BA(Hons). Currently Willis is self-employed working on commisions both in art direction and illustrational work for a variety of international publications.

Meet Michael Willis, who recommended designer David Callow for this session.


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The Qompendium Questionnaire Session 02
Posted
Sunday, 18.04.2010

Illustrator and lecturer David Callow is born in 1985, only three years after the death of philosopher and author Ayn Rand. It is his passion for Aristotle and philosophy that he aims to incorporate with every pencil stroke within his conceptual art works, which has brought him national awards and recognition. Qompendium is proud to present David Callow in its second The Qompendium Questionnaire Session with Michael Willis.


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Qompendium Questionnaire Session, Meet Samuel Bonnet, Maei Fournier-Comte

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The Qompendium Questionnaire Session
Posted
Friday, 09.04.2010

Samuel Bonnet and Mael Fournier-Comte have recently founded the studio sa|m|ael, mainly working on books as thinking, experimenting, exhibition spaces. Both are also involved in the Parallel school of art, a virtual and international school where people interested in self-education can share their current projects and ideas, as well as their learning methods. Here is the first Qompendium Questionnaire Session, both interviewees recommended by Pierre Vanni.


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The Qompendium Questionnaire Session 01
Posted
Friday, 09.04.2010

This first Qompendium Questionnaire Session is with Pierre Vanni, a French designer from Toulouse, who experiments with graphic design, paper and motion picture in a refreshing, yet naive way, recently adorning a New York Times cover with his work.

Meet Pierre Vanni, who has recommended the design duo Samuel Bonnet and Mael Fournier-Comte from France.


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Lars Harmsen’s daily Routine

 

"Wake up early with a smile. Use your bike for commuting. Take a different route every day. Stop email enteruptions. Start your day by creating a concept or may be two. And give all your belongings to Scrooge McDuck ...", or something like this. Read the interview with Lars Harmsen for your self ...

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Lars Harmsen’s daily Routine
Posted
Monday, 29.03.2010

Founder of Magma Brand Design and Slanted Magazine in a short interview with Qompendium.

 

www.magmabranddesign.de
www.slanted.de


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The Poetry of Time: Jean-Marc Wiederrecht
Posted
Wednesday, 03.03.2010

The Poetry of Time is an exclusive exhibition created for Art Dubai by Van Cleef & Arpels taking the form of an enchanted promenade, it offers a voyage of discovery to the heart of the Poetry of Time, punctuated by the presentation of iconic Van Cleef & Arpels timepieces which illustrates its unique style and savoir-faire.

A brief interview with Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, acclaimed watchmaker of Van Cleef & Arpels.

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Vanity Publishing, Maybe the Hardest way of Doing it.

 

Luxembourg’s leading independent publisher Mike Koedinger on the secrets of success, his print projects and lifestyle magazines.

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Mike Koedinger
Posted
Tuesday, 02.02.2010

Since its inception Mike Koedinger’s media group in 1994 has grown to become Luxembourg’s leading independent publisher. In an Interview with Kimberly Lloyd, the charismatic Producer of Colophon, the international symposium on magazine culture confabulates about the vain independent magazine industry, the need for new concepts of copyright protection and about the secrets of success.


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Christian Weber

 

I am not sure that an image can communicate anything that a movie can’t. There is a risk in making a movie or moving image, the risk of giving too much away. The same risk exists in making a photograph, but it is a lot easier to restrain. A movie doesn’t have to move much; sometimes a little is enough.

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Christian Weber
Posted
Friday, 01.01.2010

Creating assured images, Weber demonstrates a raw elegance that is at once provisional and precise. His celebrated portraits, architecture, and landscapes reveal a talent equally open to the verve and beauty of contemporary life. His photographs appear regularly in such publications as Life, Details, The New York Times Magazine, and Interview.

 

www.christianweber.net


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Partners and Spade

 

Partners & Spade is a studio that creates products, films, books and other content under the P&S label as well as for other clients. A short interview with Andy Spade.

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Partners and Spade
Posted
Thursday, 31.12.2009

Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m
Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
40 Great Jones Street
New York, NY
United States of America
Phone +1 646 861 2827

 

www.partnersandspade.com


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Siems Luckwaldt
Posted
Saturday, 26.12.2009

An interview with the fashion & beauty director and lifestyle editor and founding member of the Financial Times Deutschland's luxury magazine "How to Spend it", Siems Luckwaldt.


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Gavin McInnes

 

By the time my kids are old enough to see what I do, you will have babies doing heroin and staying up all night listening to a new kind of noise metal that's made by crashing cars into dead planes.

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Gavin McInnes
Posted
Sunday, 20.12.2009

Gavin McInnes is a native of Canada and co-founder of the Vice brand. Originally a magazine, Vice grew to be a full blown global culture bible, and the brand gave rise to Vice Records, Vice Retail, Vice Film, and a partnership with Viacom called VBS.tv.

Interview by Adam D. Sauer
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Laurence King

 

Buying a magazine is a habit. Buying a book is a decision.

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Laurence King
Posted
Thursday, 10.12.2009

An interview with the high-flying art book publisher.


www.laurenceking.com

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Mike Koedinger

 

The smaller the project, the bigger the freedom.

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Mike Koedinger
Posted
Wednesday, 09.12.2009

Luxembourg’s leading independent publisher Mike Koedinger on the secrets of success, his print projects and lifestyle magazines.


www.mikekoedinger.com

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Rafael Rozendaal

 

I wish I could work outside in bright sunlight but computer screens are not there yet.

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Rafael Rozendaal
Posted
Thursday, 03.12.2009

My popularity and number of institutional exhibitions determine my price.


www.fromthedarkpast.com


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Stuart and Jacoby

 

Reading fantasy novels is good as long as you don’t really believe that the fantasy world is more real than the real one.

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Jacoby and Stuart
Posted
Thursday, 03.12.2009

In Spring of 2008 the former Gerstenberg publishing house manager Edmund Jacoby and his wife Nicole Stuart founded their Berlin-based publishing house. Today they celebrate a successful range of illustrational books.


www.jacobystuart.de

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Demian Sellfors
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Jason McVearry

 

With (mt) Media Temple on the future of online magazines and the Internet.

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Demian Sellfors and Jason McVearry
Posted
Wednesday, 02.12.2009

I definitely think online magazines are here to stay. The survivors will have the most user friendly, unique interfaces and the most compelling content.


www.mediatemple.net

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Jason Kristofer

 

Pays the rent: No. Full-time job: Yes.

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Jason Kristofer
Posted
Tuesday, 01.12.2009

We publish Newstoday for free out of the love of the subject and medium. We finance it through our independent freelance studios we run on the side, as well as several select and relevant advertising partners that provide sponsorship for the site.


www.qbn.com

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photography, terry richardson

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Cellina von Mannstein
Posted
Tuesday, 01.12.2009

From Terry Richardson’s assistant to multi-awards nominee, Cellina von Mannstein has permanently listened to her instincts.

I have almost always brought my dreams to photo paper. Just that sometimes you have such beautiful dreams that you can’t even catch them on paper.


www.cellinavonmannstein.com

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Adam Glickman

 

Two American expatriates living in Japan start a magazine and build a cultural bridge by covering fashion, music and up-and-coming artists.

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Adam Glickman
Posted
Friday, 20.11.2009

Tokion is a New York-based magazine covering art, fashion, music and film with Japanese and an U.S. american Edition.


www.tokion.com

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