THIS DESIGN-ORIENTED MAGAZINE COMES IN THE FORM OF A SMARTPHONE APPLICATION WITH 500 BEING THE NUMBER OF CONTRIBUTORS, RESULTING IN A FEED THAT GOES AT A MINIMUM OF 100 POSTS A DAY…
500 no more is a design-oriented magazine that comes in the form of a smartphone application. With 500 being the number of contributors, and a feed that goes at a minimum of 100 posts a day, the backstory behind such frequency and volume is that the contents appearing on different pages of the application aren’t really articles but the statuses (or images) the contributors post on their social media accounts.
Before we get down to the question of “Can 500 no more be regarded as a magazine?”, it’s only fair that we try to really understand the idea behind it. 500 no more works primarily on bringing together social media accounts of interesting individuals in the design community including writers, gurus, pages of organizations and institutions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, under one platform. The diversity of the contents is presented in 23 different categories such as Cool People (individuals who may not be that famous but are cool in the eyes of 500 no more), Designers, Events, Beautiful visuals (photographs), Learning, Those Architects, Beacons (accounts that are ‘defining the main conversations going on’), etc. To the question asked earlier, 500 no more’s slogan, “The Design Mag in the Age of Social Media,” is a good enough answer for it rightly sums up what developers like Buzzdetector and IdLab want to imply and the fact that creating and running a magazine in this day and age does not always have to follow previous conventions for readers / information /contributors are now all connected through the Internet. So, what a magazine really has to do is not just simply play the role of a mediator but also select and categorize the big data that it finds suitable to be on its platform. 500 no more was launched at Milan Design Week in 2017 and will be available for downloading in the near future. It’s going to take a while to see whether or not this model really works.
TEXT: NAPAT CHARITBUTRA