Steppy with Himm Wonn, Editor in Chief of URBAN Magazine.
Himm Wonn is the editor in chief of the printed magazine “URBAN”. It’s been 16 years since the first issue of the magazine.


Himm Wonn is the editor in chief of the printed magazine “URBAN”. It’s been 16 years since the first issue of the magazine.




Speaking of Himm, the first thing that pops up in many young people’s minds is the street style store DOE, which he established with his partner Terry Zhu, instead of the magazine “URBAN”. 


However, in Himm’s ages, things are a lot different to many people. Himm was born in the most deprived era in China. He became a website designer in 1999, and started “URBAN” magazine in 2002.


According to Himm, photoshop was quite laid back in the era, so it was particularly hard to deal with magazine layout and photo editing.



“Have you been to the printing factory for photo correction? Has the screen (in printing factory) been color corrected? What about the screen in the company?” Himm asked me, smiling, with our “AGED” magazine in hand.



“You will be taking a lot of steps if you follow the traditional way to produce the magazine. Color correcting, sample comparing, these were all essential steps back then. Photographers used to monitor color correction process just to make sure the final print is exactly what his/her wanted.” 




Taking the revenue generated by DOE and put it into the operation of “URBAN” could be something Himm had to do, but fortunately, since DOE’s getting more and more developed, “URBAN” magazine turns to be a thing that Himm purely wants to do out of his personal preference.



He told me that no one in the world knows how magazines should be in the future, so there might involve something divergent to ensure the output of the magazines.


“Even computers are falling behind now. Printed media had long been replaced by mobile phones and other portable devices. This is why I think magazines should make their ways out as products or even artworks.”



Editor:MIAO/S


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Steppy with Himm Wonn, Editor in Chief of URBAN Magazine.
Himm Wonn is the editor in chief of the printed magazine “URBAN”. It’s been 16 years since the first issue of the magazine.


Himm Wonn is the editor in chief of the printed magazine “URBAN”. It’s been 16 years since the first issue of the magazine.




Speaking of Himm, the first thing that pops up in many young people’s minds is the street style store DOE, which he established with his partner Terry Zhu, instead of the magazine “URBAN”. 


However, in Himm’s ages, things are a lot different to many people. Himm was born in the most deprived era in China. He became a website designer in 1999, and started “URBAN” magazine in 2002.


According to Himm, photoshop was quite laid back in the era, so it was particularly hard to deal with magazine layout and photo editing.



“Have you been to the printing factory for photo correction? Has the screen (in printing factory) been color corrected? What about the screen in the company?” Himm asked me, smiling, with our “AGED” magazine in hand.



“You will be taking a lot of steps if you follow the traditional way to produce the magazine. Color correcting, sample comparing, these were all essential steps back then. Photographers used to monitor color correction process just to make sure the final print is exactly what his/her wanted.” 




Taking the revenue generated by DOE and put it into the operation of “URBAN” could be something Himm had to do, but fortunately, since DOE’s getting more and more developed, “URBAN” magazine turns to be a thing that Himm purely wants to do out of his personal preference.



He told me that no one in the world knows how magazines should be in the future, so there might involve something divergent to ensure the output of the magazines.


“Even computers are falling behind now. Printed media had long been replaced by mobile phones and other portable devices. This is why I think magazines should make their ways out as products or even artworks.”



Editor:MIAO/S


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