Desired Landscapes by founding editor and creative director Natassa Pappa is a magazine reading into a diverse mix of cities. Each issue explores the sense of a place and the visual representation of the urban experience. It is a pocket-sized collection of person-to-place bonds, urban observations, and poetic snapshots, seen through the eyes of people who write the stories of today’s cities.
This research expands to further printed matter having the city as a source, such as maps and guidebooks, but also to walking tours and urban research workshops.
Issue 04 arose “from the urge to create a vehicle to travel without traveling. As an unfortunate surprise, that became even more relevant during Covid-19 days. Instead of designing maps of routes, we now count walking distances, to see who are we allowed to see. With this issue, we rethought walking, the hotel, online meetings and telepathy. Sometimes, the experience of reading a text about a city can be more enlightening than an actual visit. And a city’s image can be more rewarding.”
The use of Skanaus can be mentioned here especially, as one reason why It came to use is the fact, that it was designed by Daniel Gremme during an exchange semester in Vilnius — one of the cities explored in this issue. Skanaus is a guest typeface alongside the magazine’s stalwart typefaces Farnham and Averta.