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A magazine exploring the frontiers of twenty-first century creativity in timeless print
A magazine exploring the frontiers of twenty-first century creativity in timeless print
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HOLO 2 – The Grand Tour

Posted by HOLO (Creator)

Dear Kickstarter supporters,

If you follow our HOLO updates on Twitter, Facebook, or the ‘magazine’ section over at CreativeApplications.Net (CAN), you’ve heard the big news already: once again, 226 pages are laid out, polished, and ready to go to press (in February). And once again, they provide fascinating views of emerging trajectories in art, science, and technology: in HOLO 2 we encounter seven extraordinary artists and designers (Ryoichi Kurokawa, Vera Molnar, Jürg Lehni, Tale of Tales, Timo Arnall, Katie Paterson, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer); we inspect unlikely sites of creative collaboration (CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, the Smithsonian Institute’s mineral collection, or SETI’s radio telescopes); we discuss key tools in the making (The Oculus Rift) and, at the heart of this issue, conduct a sweeping thematic investigation (of chance, causality, and prediction). More than forty amazing writers, photographers, illustrators, and designers (cover artist Karsten Schmidt, for example) have joined us in producing HOLO 2 – and we couldn’t be happier with the magazine that emerged.

For an extensive ‘post-production’ preview of HOLO 2 take “The Grand Tour” on CAN.

To catch up on HOLO’s development and our related activities throughout 2014 and 2015 (i.e. since our last Kickstarter update), check out the previous HOLO posts on CAN. Our “Back to the (not-so-distant) future” announcement and our “Illustrated Countdown” reveal additional insights into content, contributors, and editorial production.

Since some of you have asked: if your campaign pledge included a HOLO subscription, you’ll – of course – receive HOLO 2 automatically. Please ensure we have your current mailing address though; if you have moved or anticipate moving before we ship, get in touch at to update your info – thank you.

Happy holidays and thanks again for your support! 

— Alex, Filip, Greg, Sherry

P.S. A reminder: the best way to stay up to date on our activities is by subscribing (or remaining subscribed) to our mailing list

Two Metric Tonnes of HOLO – Shipped!

Posted by HOLO (Creator)

And now to wrap this all up: it gives us great pleasure to report that our Berlin-based distribution hub is buzzing with activity. As of today, approximately two metric tonnes of HOLO magazines, t-shirts, stickers, and bonus gifts are on their way. Thanks to the great work of our partners at OML GmbH & Co. KG, EU-based backers should get their shipments within a week (if not by the end of this week). Those in North America and other continents can expect HOLO in their mailbox by the end of the month. HELLO WORLD indeed!

It’s amazing how far we’ve come: back in 2011, a whole year before we launched this campaign, we pitched this project to many of the top art and design publishers in the world. While initial feedback was promising, nobody was willing to take a chance on a magazine about ‘emerging trajectories in art, science, and technology.’ But you and the many people who supported and contributed to this cause did. Thank you—for your enthusiasm, trust, and patience! Over the past fifteen months, however, more than a magazine emerged. HOLO gave rise to some wonderful art (hat tip to Matthew Plummer-Fernandez, Eno Henze, Niklas Roy, Marius Watz and Zimoun), it brought together numerous unlikely collaborators and forged many new friendships as well. And we’ve only just begun.

Moving forward, we will primarily be communicating through email newsletters with only sporadic updates here on Kickstarter. Additionally, we will keep enhancing the HOLO section over at our sister publication CreativeApplications.Net (CAN), so please swing by there (or our Facebook and Twitter accounts) for HOLO-related news in the future—including our plans and timeline for HOLO 2.

Until then: enjoy the magazine, let us know what you think, and please send or share* photos of HOLO in the wild. And if your friends want a copy as well, point them at our shop. :)

— Alex, Filip, Greg, Sherry

* on twitter use @HOLOmagazine, on instagram use #holomagazine – thank you!

P.S. We’ve just shared a whole bunch of photos of the magazine over on CAN – check them out here.


Posted by HOLO (Creator)

Dear friends,

Of all the updates that we’ve shared here over the past year, this newsflash is easily the most exciting one! Weighing in at almost one kilogram, 226 pages and coated in dashing Reflex Blue, the inaugural issue of HOLO is HOT OFF THE PRESS! Five advance copies (see pictures below) currently sit on our creative director’s Alex desk in Berlin (“It’s gorgeous!”), while our production run is being bound right now. The finished magazines will reach our distributor mid-next week and will be on their way within a couple of days afterward – HELLO WORLD!

Hands-on alert: If you are attending this week’s Resonate festival in Belgrade, you’ll be able to leaf through the advance copies of the magazine yourself. Come to the ‘marketplace’ at the top floor of the Kinoteka building (open as of Friday) and look for the HOLO booth. Alex, Greg and Filip will be in attendance – please say hi. :)

We’ll back next week with a final thank you note, more photos and production details as well as some thoughts about the road ahead.

Hooray – and hopefully we'll see you at Resonate!

— Alex, Filip, Greg, Sherry


Posted by HOLO (Creator)

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Complete! But...

Posted by HOLO (Creator)

After a really gruelling final push HOLO 1 is complete and we’re thrilled. Unfortunately, we underestimated how long the final cleanup of our 226 pages of content (and accompanying bonus booklet) would take and missed a deadline that will not see HOLO ship until late January. We ran ourselves into the ground trying to make the schedule we shared in our last update, and all of our production/distribution partners have reduced capabilities in December, so printing was bumped into the new year—which sucks, we wanted HOLO to be a part of your holidays! That’s the bad news, the good news is that HOLO is wrapped up and we are excited to reveal a first look over at our sister publication CreativeApplications.Net (CAN). For a detailed preview of what is headed to your mailbox in early 2014, click here.

We are indebted to you for your support and patience—this project could not have happened without you!

— Alex, Filip, Greg, Sherry