In the spring of 2017 the Slanted editors embarked on their trip to Athens to take a close-up look at the contemporary design scene there. At the same time, the Documenta took place for the first time at two sites with the same credentials as the core of Adam Szymczyk’s concept. He wanted to show art against the background of other commercial urgencies. Athens, in parallel to Kassel, offered the perfect canvas: differences between rich and poor, between Germany and Greece, but also between different cultures in Europe, facing crisis, boundaries and displacement. All the designers Slanted met though talked very positively about the event, bringing back art and life to Athens, suffering from draconian cuts in culture budgets.
The list of designers Slanted met with boasts everyone from legends such as Michalis Katzourakis to young, wild creatives who are creating exciting voices in their own right. Well known figures from Athen’s contemporary design scene such as Bend, The Birthdays Design, Blaqk, Bob Studio, Dylsectic, G Design Studio, Irini Gonou, Luminous Design Group, MAMA Silkscreen, MNP, Parachute, StudioJugi, Typical Organization, Urban Calligraphy and Ifigenia Vasiliou allowed a glimpse into their world.
Illustrations, photography, interviews and essays complement the issue thematically. Slanted #30 comes with contributions by Backpacker, Beetroot Design Group, Constantinos Chaidalis, Meni Chatzipanagiotou, Corn Studio, Stavros Damos, Dolphins Communication Design,, Demetrios Fakinos, Diana Farr Louis, Fotagogos Bookstore, Greek Font Society, Vasilis Grivas, Mike Karolos, Kommigraphics Design Studio, Ian Lynam, Theodora Mantzaris, Klimis Mastoridis, Georgios Matthiopoulos, mousegraphics, Original Replica, Panos Papanagiotou, Dimitris Papazoglou, Natassa Pappa, Pi6, Polkadot Design, Semiotik, Niki Sioki, tind, Alexander Torrell, Filimonas Triantafyllou, Chris Trivizas, Charis Tsevis, Nadia Valavani, Irene Vlachou and Markos Zouridakis.