- only reality series (Glamour) — there is still the sense in some quarters that those companies haven’t yet fully embraced the digital medium.
“What I find terrible is that these companies have actually curbed progress by not allowing their digital teams to grow,” said Remi Paringaux, 27, an art director who last year started a London-based company that creates iPad applications for clients like Gucci Group and its Stella McCartney label.
Mr. Paringaux, who had previously worked for traditional magazines (as in on paper) like Dazed & Confused and Vogue Japan, said he found himself wanting more from print than print was able to offer. So his company, Meri Media, introduced the magazine Post, developed to be viewed solely on an iPad.
The first issue, released in January for $2.99 to mostly positive reviews, included a video of a burning man created by the photographer Solve Sundsbo, a periodic table of accessories where jewelry revolved at the touch of a finger and an interpretation of what the particles moving about the Large Hadron Collider might sound like.
The second issue, with the theme of gravity, is expected to be released next week, along with a separate app promoting a series of artist created videos that will be broadcast on a floating barge during the Venice Biennale. The issue includes videos of skydivers dressed in designer suits and an interactive fashion shoot where the user can manipulate the dimensions of the model Iselin Steiro, though presumably not in a way that would offend Apple’s moral standards for content.
While Mr. Paringaux said he was interested in showing the potential of the iPad for magazines, its limitations are also visible. The first issue took nearly 20 minutes to download, even with a strong wireless connection, and the credits included links to retailers that didn’t actually carry the products shown in the magazine. A video interview between Olivier Zahm and the artist Miltos Manetas, while visually interesting, was fairly incomprehensible.
Still, in terms of an engaging experience, Post offers a map for others to follow.
“I would be more than happy if they ripped off the concept and applied it to their titles,” Mr. Paringaux said. “It would be a lot richer for everyone.”