2010

‘An end, and a beginning. You hold in your hands the very last traditionally printed issue of things magazine. Things always was the child of a break with the traditional way of producing books; it could never have existed without the desktop publishing revolution. When, in 1994, a group of young historians and writers banded together to produce a journal, we did so because we wanted a free space devoted to looking at objects – “not only beautiful ones; and not only their making, but also their buying and their selling, their wanting and their using”, with all the means at our disposal, including fiction, poetry and image (and sometimes sound) as well as rigorous factual enquiry. We could do it because, suddenly, we could design our publication on our laptop computers, make all our proof corrections and scan all our images ourselves, and therefore produce it more cheaply, and more easily, than ever before. Because we have always sold enough copies – and because all of us except, as we always used to say, the printers, contribute their work for things for free – we have been able to maintain things as a truly independent space. There is no one looking over our shoulders, no one telling us what we can or cannot print. We really are free; in the sense, at least, that we are unbound.’ (things editorial)