Running a journal—selecting content, editing, finding just the right images—takes a lot of time. (Trust us: we know!) So when I heard about Twenty-Four Magazine, I was flabbergasted. You see, Twenty-Four Magazine just put out its first issue last month, and they did it all—the concept, the writing, the publishing, the design—in just twenty-four hours.
Why? Here’s what the group said on their site:
Because it means that the magazine’s production will become an event that anyone can follow, and the process becomes a part of the product.
Because a time-based model makes continuing the magazine more sustainable: it’s a reasonable period of work to ask of busy, overcommitted people who might not have time to be a part of a longer production.
And because we have all stared down the barrel of a deadline before.
We are by no means the first 24-hour creative project of this kind, and we know we won’t be the last. Time-based art forms are becoming increasingly popular and have produced some amazing work.
One of the contributors, Rose Fox, reported the process on BoingBoing as the project got underway:
Right this minute, eleven accomplished creative professionals have wedged themselves into a studio in Brooklyn, New York, and are in the process of putting together the first issue of twenty-four magazine. twenty-four is a quarterly publication for which each issue is conceived, written, illustrated, designed, and produced in 24 hours. The creation of the first issue began at 10 a.m. Eastern Time on February 23, 2012 and will finish at 10 a.m. on February 24, at which time PDFs of the planned 64-page magazine will be sent to the 100+ people who backed the project on Kickstarter. Print copies will follow within a week. The first issue is 100% donation-funded and ad-free.