I just got the new issue of Layflat in the mail. Layflat 02: Meta is editor Shane Lavallete's second issue and, with guest editor Michael Buhler-Rose has taken the magazine to a new level. I should note that Layflat is only loosely a magazine. The first issue, a saddle stitched booklet of essays and a stack of loose cards with the photographs was a funky low-fi publication that felt more like an artists book. Layflat 02, too, feels more like a book than a magazine, though now incorporates both text and photographs within a single perfect bound volume that feels much cleaner and high-end. Though the content is wonderful, the Katherine Hughes' design, with its own meta references, is worthwhile in and of itself. From the layout to the cover design to the paper choices, everything feels right about the book.
The real inspiration, for me, is Shane's conceiving of the product and making it happen. From securing some of the top thinkers of the medium as contributors to producing the magazine to creating the community to purchase and otherwise help fund the publication, the effort behind making an independant publication like this happen is immense.
Well worth checking out; a big hat tip to all those who worked on Layflat 02.