Makeshift 9: Navigation

Formed in 2011 and redesigned with the launch of Issue 9 in 2014, Makeshift is a field guide to hidden creativity. From homemade aircrafts in Nigeria to drug smugglers in Mexico, Chinese hackers pushed up against the Great Firewall to Haitian communities pushing back against marginalization, the quarterly magazine uncovers creative solutions from the economic fringe. Makeshift is part of a new breed of magazines passionate about their content, form, and community.

After 3 years of life, the core of the magazine and the different chapters were restructured from scratch. Based on the field guide concept, we reduced the format, gave more space to graphics and illustrations and developed a navigator located at the top of each page, including the cover. This navigator displays the folio information plus additional data relevant to the article.

The Navigation Issue, was structured in three chapters with individualized icons: “Local Hunts,” “Global Treks” and “Inner Quests.” The issue featured cross-border tunnel smugglers in Gaza, spacesuit stitchers in the US, and black market currency traders—the so-called “blue dollar”—in Argentina, among other stories. 

Year: 2014
Art Direction & Design: Gema Navarro, Santos Henarejos
Typographies: Clearface, P22 Underground
Illustrations: Aron Vellekoop León, Andrew Colin Beck, Paul Boston, Liam Brazier
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