Peter Bilak, bekend van de Haagse type foundry Typotheque, is terug met een mooi nieuw project: Works That Work. Een halfjaarlijks print, online en eBook magazine over creativiteit in de echte wereld. Zelf noemt hij het 'A National Geographic of Design’.

We vroegen Peter naar zijn motivatie om het magazine te maken, en hij geeft alvast een sneak-preview wat er in de eerste twee nummers zal verschijnen.



Can you tell us a bit more about the magazine?

Works That Work is an integrated printed, online and eBook magazine published twice a year out of the Netherlands. We work with researchers, journalists, writers and world class photographers to present works that are traditionally ignored by most designer periodicals.

Mundane things which becomes almost invisible, but still they are results of design processes, and affect our life much more than some posters, books, websites or logos, which are written a lot about. As an example, I mean design of traffic situations, gentlemen’s bathrooms, or improvised seating objects.



What was the reason you came up with the idea?

Most professionals, after reaching some success with their work, deepen their knowledge in one particular area, which leads to ignoring everything else which is outside of their professional interest. So a web designer only reads books and magazines about web development and CSS, a fashion designer only looks at developments in the world of fashion and a photographer only looks at photography books and blogs.

I was interested to creating a wider publication which concerns all creative disciplines and looks not only at results but also at processes and conditions of design. It would be written in a highly accessible style, without use of jargon, just like you’d read a mainstream newspaper discussing design issues.

I have a fairly short attention span, and I realised that making something for myself is the hardest thing to do. If I manage to keep myself interested and coming up with engaging design related stories, I believe it could be interesting for other people too.



What will the first two issues of the magazine be about?

Most of the contributions are fairly in-depth, presenting something that you may be familiar with, but by explaining its background, it changes how the reader will see this object/process completely. I would say it is about demystifying design. It allows to talk about complex things in a way you’d explain it to your parents or non-designer friends.

We have about 12 stories in an issue, ranging from documentation of what and how army chefs cook during war conflicts to a discussion of how a literary translator works, which is a highly creative job that is supposed to stay invisible to the eyes of the reader.



Help Works That Work met een kleine donatie

Om niet afhankelijk te zijn van derden, heeft Peter besloten de inkomsten bij elkaar te verzamelen op een Kickstarter-achtige manier. Zijn eerste doel van €18.000 is al bereikt! Aan jou de vraag om hem te helpen het tweede doel van €32.000 te halen.

» Doneer een klein bedrag aan Works That Work


Thomas Moes

Thomas Moes is naast mede-oprichter en editor ook designer van Fontanel Magazine en Fontanel Jobs. Daarnaast is hij freelance interactive designer voor o.a. de NOS.