Yuca isn’t an easy read. That’s a compliment: it’s not trying to be. Referring to themselves as “partners in crime”, Colombia-based editors Juliana Gómez and Lina Rincón have transformed magazine-making into something deliciously illicit: a covert creative act you need to find some kind of excuse for, because it operates outside the bounds of polite, productive society.
We delivered Yuca magazine to our subscribers this month, and got a fantastic response to this Colombian title with a unique editorial structure. Like many other magazines, each issue of Yuca has a theme, but it also adds an ‘alibi’ as a sort of secondary theme, and builds its stories around the interaction between those two forces.
On the Journal, we’ve been noting over the past four months that there’s a definite shift in the tone of new titles: design-minded indies are beginning to focus on weightier political issues than they have been in the past. Yuca falls into that new camp of magazine. Similar to Migrant Journal and The Real Review, Yuca is the product of a design-orientated editorial team that considers social issues through a creative lens.
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The editorial staff of YUCA might be Spanish speaking, but the magazine has a clear typographic gusto americano. Morris Fuller Benton’s Century Oldstyle proves its worth as a contemporary workhorse, despite its age that surpassed a full century already a decade ago. Layouts are set in justified columns. For the recurring section Behind the Zines, we have a rare sighting of Century Schoolbook Monospace (!), hitting that sweet spot between typewriter and mid-century.
Yuca is a biannual magazine expressing a variety of points of view through literature, photography, and art. But other than that, it’s what allows us to dream, it’s what gives us an excuse to approach people we admire bringing their work together in one place.
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Putting pen to paper is a good first step but starting a magazine requires more than words; we take a closer look at what makes a good debut with Magculture’s Jeremy Leslie. And of course, sometimes it all comes down to the paper – especially if you’re as passionate about it as Fenner’s Justin Hobson.
A thick and inviting piece of conceptual publishing, Yuca magazine likes to do things differently. Like many other magazines, it focuses on a different theme each issue, but Yuca refers to its theme as an ‘alibi’, framing it as an excuse or pretext for the content to come. And cutting across the alibi is a broader theme, resulting in a playful magazine that this issue mixes gastronomy (the alibi) with roots (the broader theme).
Fresh and succulent from the Barcelona printers comes new Yuca magazine, a biannual that we’ve selected as our Magazine of the Week because of its undeniable sense of self. Yuca truly breaks from the mould in an understated yet deliberate way when it comes to topics we’ve seen and read about many times before – issue one is themed gastronomy for example, and that’s such a well-covered topic that it’s normally a red flag when we’re sampling the new magazine releases that arrive at the shop each week.