A Magazine for Day Jobbers

“Day Job is a publication for anyone who has ever had a job they’ve loved, a job they’ve hated, a life-long calling, or a way to make an easy buck,” says the magazine’s publisher and editor, Elliott Walker. Day Job—which was launched as Elliott’s 2011 M.F.A. thesis product for the School of Visual Arts’ M.F.A. Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program (which I co-chair)—is all about work, what he calls “a celebration of the everyday ways in which we spend our time and energy.” Quoting Studs Terkel, he adds, “It’s about a search, too, for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash.”

At a time when magazines are in flux, Walker is a stalwart ink-and-paper publisher. The Day Job website supports the print platform. And what an interesting platform it is. The first issue is open for business with the theme of “Manufacture.” The features include:

  • Minor-league success in a major-league nation
  • Nothing-Is-New Curates: Office Tools
  • Vic Davi – Auto mechanic
  • The Syracuse Farm Show
  • Working Outdoors
  • Catherine Breton – Winemaker
  • Sulyman Ertas – Textile Designer
  • Lunch Break recipes
  • How to Teach a Math Problem

In addition, there’s a conversation between Milton Glaser and Steve Hindy about the Brooklyn Beer company, which Hindy founded and Glaser branded. It examines how the traditional designer-client relationship can morph into an entrepreneurial partnership.

To read the issue, you don’t have to give up your day job. Copies can be had for $15 each. And watch the promotional video here.

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