DAMN #87

DAMN° is an independent quarterly print magazine and digital platform that explores opinions on contemporary culture. It was founded in 2004 and has intimately witnessed the expansion of the discipline. So while design will always be its home-base, the magazine's vision has expanded to include our belief that the broader contemporary narrative needs a cultural perspective which art, design and architecture bring.

Each printed issue has a theme, a contemporary and urgent topic that we curate to build a deep understanding from a cultural perspective full of surprise and insight. This same editorial eye and quality journalism is carried across on our digital platforms where we can react more quickly to issues and events.

DAMNº’s editorial content moves beyond glossy hype and dry academic debate. It celebrates imagination and is unafraid to define links between what's personal, political, economic, emotional, stylistic and social.

DAMN° is ultimately about understanding reality - defiantly using creative minds to poke holes in conventional media for a fuller understanding of what’s shaping our world today.


DAMN° just turned TWENTY and in keeping with our perennial support for daring creatives willing to destroy and rethink culture, we present the PROVOCATEUR issue.

To make any sort of meaningful contribution to intelligently shape the tangible and intangible world around us, a designer must be bold — willing to brave the wrath of social media outrage and cancel-culture warriors… to not conform to the mainstream, to polite society, or to any prevailing trend.

Artists must dare — dare to resist, to be rude, to disobey, to be wild, shameless, and even sometimes wrong.

In the issue we discuss the ongoing and horrific battle playing out in Gaza. DAMN° regular Matthew Longo offers a sensitive and brave account of how as a Jewish man he grapples with the controversial battle-cry, “From the River to The Sea” in the Palestine rallies he attends.

Of course there is always the need to separate the brave artistic provocateur and the Twitter troll pumping out clickbait. The gap has unfortunately narrowed — both use wrecking-ball tactics. But at DAMNº we believe artists are activists, albeit with a contempt for cliches and with a vision to emphasise an alternative set of values.

This is an issue to celebrate artists and designers who confront and inspire change, who open doors to new possibilities, while provoking us to see the world anew.