Construct Magazine by TWC

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Construct Magazine caught our eye for obvious reasons. A quick scroll through revealed it to be an in-house publication by The Working Capitol.

Editor Sal Seah spoke to Culturepush about how the publication evolved.

“It began as Capitol Press, a biweekly print publication we produced in-house for about a year. It was an 8-page digest, with community profiles, upcoming events, and various guides to the neighbourhood. There were 25 editions of Capitol Press, but they were only ever distributed from within the walls of The Working Capitol. When it started becoming rote and like clockwork we stopped and took stock. It was then that we decided we were going to have to go bigger and bolder if we wanted to challenge ourselves.

By ourselves I’m referring to Samantha Pang, the Art Director, and myself. With this relaunch of the TWC magazine we wanted to push ourselves and the brand in the fields of content and design. We took a very intentional but also process-driven and experimental attitude towards both these elements in the making of the magazine. The goal was to be provocative, in the sense of making people question things they take for granted and then galvanising them into some kind of action or to make some kind of change. It’s very much an extension of what The Working Capitol stands for. This is also where the name comes from, by the way. ‘Construct’ as a verb is to build or create, but as a noun it refers to a hypothesis, or a product of historical or social circumstances. Basically, a man-made concept that can—and should—be challenged.

The theme we settled on for this issue of Construct was ‘Time’ and was the biggest influence on the magazine. That and all the collaborators we worked with along the way, from contributors to advertisers, illustrators to tech critics. That said, design was done in house, by our very lean design team.

The magazine does touch on things like technology, business, and work, and I think in its bones it is entrepreneurial. However, it’s meant for a larger community of fundamentally curious people, culturally-aware, appreciative of good design, and who love to think and learn and do. That’s why it can also in certain cafes and other select establishments around central Singapore.”

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