As an offbeat publication examining exploration and escapism, Astray considers itself to be a reaction against the typical destination-focused travel magazine. The 10”X 16”, 48-page publication is inspired by the writings of Situationism and aesthetics of crossword puzzles, street maps, and Dadaist concrete poetry; it investigates the absurd navigations of Los Angeles, a city where people visit to lose themselves as much as they come to find themselves. With elements such as text, symbols or illustrations printed backwards, the ink bleeds through each sides of the pages to create overlapping compositions of text and image that the reader must navigate through. Type in use: 12:51 (Colin Doerffler), Helvetica.
Each article from this issue touches upon the subjects of the derive (an act of using playful behaviors to redefine one’s psychology towards the space one navigates through) and psychogeography in the context of modern-day Los Angeles. The writings include: an essay on using Street View to explore the city, an interview with the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, and strategies of anti-destination travel. Special thanks to Beth Elliott, Berit Gilma, Isabel Bina, and Israel Gutierrez, who helped me develop this publication in UCLA Design Media Art’s Word and Image studio course.
Close-ups of the inner pages, with nods to wayfinding semiotics.
“Letter from the Editor” section, two-page spread.
Close-ups of the table of contents, where text overlaps with illustrative elements printed on the other sides of the pages.
Above: table of contents, full two-page spread. Below: Select spreads from an interview with the Time Travel Mart in Echo Park.