Bodysurfers, we need you! As the iconic words of Uncle Sam, we need your help, to realize the first print magazine about bodysurfing world and culture.
When we create Palmipède Magazine, we didn’t want to add our name to the big list of surfing magazines, bodysurfing is not surfing and is not a thing you make only when the waves are poor or shitty.
We want to show bodysurfing as he really is, out of all the ideas of fame, fashion and commercialism, we didn’t want to be a magazine that makes you dream about a new boardshort just for his color or because it’s “in”, we want to make you travelling with portraits, trips and show you the all-day spirit of bodysurfing. For example, with men and women who lives bodysurfing with passion and who keep this culture alive and kicking.
Graphic designer, bodysurfer, France
Born and raised in south Brittany (North West of France), near Quiberon, where I spent 18 years of my life. After a quick stay in “les Beaux Arts” (in Lorient and Brest), I quit Brittany, his reef breaks, the wild coast and cold waters for the old streets of Nantes and one of his graphic school. After three years between the shitty spots of the Loire Atlantic coast and museum of the city, i had the opportunity to finish my year with an internship in Beach Brother Magazine and in Svpply-Studio a graphic agency own by Thibault Paruite in Anglet. Where I’ve worked for clients like Sosh, Pride Bodyboard, Qraft surfboard … Since that moment, I felt in love with editorial design, layout and typography.
My diploma of graphic design in preparation, I start my own editorial project about bodysurfing, sport I practicing for many years. And who take more and more of my time. That knowledge of Bodysurfing, editorial design and my love for the sea allow me to propose an object, who, I hope will fill the lack of paper that could feel bodysurfers private of dedicated media. In parallel I work as independent graphic designer. I feed my creations with typography, layout design, art and surf culture. I actually live in Biarritz.
Erin Feinblatt, Hugo Verlomme, Thomas Vanmellum, Fred David, the Team Blacksheep, Thomas Lodin, Mathieu Hemon, Guillaume Coché, Alexandre Forget, Pierre Legrix, Armelle Rau.
The graphic line of the magazine wants to be simple, classy and modern.
Built with a 12 columns grid, lots of graphic variation are possible, and bring some dynamics during the reading time. Each parts are marks by a double page, composed by an aqua shot photography and by the title of the part, breathing is created, head up the water, ready to dive again in the story as in the wave. Each subject is announced by a photographic double page with a headline and a typographic work for the title.
A modern pagination in relation with the layout, show us where we are in the magazine.
Pull quotes of 12pt in French and English for more dynamism in the reading.
Margins of 11mm are created to add white spaces to the construction of the different pages.
We try to let a better place to the picture of ours contributors, pictures speak freely, and they add an atmosphere to the story. Because of those two blocs the reading is easy.
Each subject is written in English and in French, composed in two blocs, French one in grey and italic, English one is in black medium. We want a layout simple, easy to understand, dynamic and modern who symbolize the bodysurfing culture in a perpetual move, alive since the beginning.
The type used for the cover is a Museo Slab, a modern type with serif that makes it more solid and present.
Display Type, paginations, and pull quotes are in Museo sans, a typeface created by Jos Buivenga, it share the same base line than the Museo Slab. The weak contrasts in the thickness of the lines give to this no serif a geometrical character. Solid and perfectly readable, Museo Sans adapt to the Museo Slab and could be used in different size really different. As the Museo Slab, the Museo Sans had five different thickness for his line and five Italic thickness.
The body copy use the Avenir, a typeface created in 1988 by Adrian Frutiger, it was inspired by the Futura typeface, but his really different by the use of thickest vertical lines, and by the letter O construct in a perfect circle. It ‘s more readable and modern. Simple and pleasant to read, it doesn’t strain the reader. It’s actually used by Apple for is IOS. 7 in IPhones.
The magazine had 96 pages, in a pleasant format of 195mmx235mm and bind by a dos carré collé with ecological glue (more water, less chemical products). Printed in France in a printing of Basque Country, eco-friendly, with vegetal ink and recycle papers; 140gr for interiors and soft touch effect of 300gr for the cover. We do an order of 500 copies for the first issue.
We try to minimize our environmental impact during the different printing of the magazine. With a local printer and respectful of the environment, with recycle raw materials or vegetal materials.
Shipping worldwide we favor the less-polluted circuits, no plane transport if it’s not obligatory. We prefer see our magazine arrive later to the reader rather than to see it doing ridiculous routes by plane.. (48h instead of 24h for France and Europe). Each magazine will be sent to on an envelope in Kraft stemming from recycled paper.
For extra –Europe shipping, where plane is obligatory we are looking for a green compensation.
We spend all our free time in the water, our passion and the base of our life is around ocean and nature, for that we want to minimize our environmental impact in shipping and in printing.
In that idea we are involved with environmentalist Associations, each issue Palmipède will offer two add for two different associations. For this first issue, Surfrider Foundation and 1% for the planet are our partners.
Later we hope realize a plenty partnership with 1% for the planet France and become a partner media.