My friend Angela lent me some issues of Monocle for a project I’m working on and I had nearly forgotten how useful and inspiring this publication is. I’ve been a Monocle reader since 2007, but unlike her I’m not a subscriber, and I only pick up a copy, at most, four times a year.
Anyway, since I have a bit of me time, I’ve decided to create my own directories out of the premium content at my fingertips. Monocle’s strength is its ability to spot “emerging brands, fresh forces in popular culture and inspiring design solutions” from all over the world and present them professionally, similar to what a curator does in a museum. (I think I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: I love the straightforward layout and the sober, nonsensational tone of the articles.)
So far I’ve started compiling lists of shops, restaurants and other places of interest in cities I plan to visit. I’ve also created separate inventories of books to buy and albums to download.
In sum, the experience has been quite enlightening because I now feel more civilized and more in touch with the world. I should read Monocle more often.