YUCA is an independent publication integrating art, photography, culture, and literature. In each issue we’re inspired by an alibi that entices us to reflect upon cultural constructs and personal identities through visual and written content.
The second issue of YUCA is inspired by architecture, and places, and the way they constantly give us a spot from which to get a sense of the world that surrounds us. Almost since the beginning of civilization built spaces have surpassed their raison d’etre ––providing shelter–– to respond with astounding sophistication to aesthetic, social, and spiritual purpose. Starting with the simple gesture of drawing a line on a piece of paper the architect masterfully constructs balance between artistic expression and functionality to create places in which we enhance our creativity, strengthen our family ties, learn new ways to appreciate long-known landscapes. These constructions witness our most intimate moments, provide us with the perfect setting for an expression of love, or with the proper conditions to get in touch with the spiritual.
The editorial staff of YUCA might be Spanish speaking, but the magazine has a clear typographic gusto americano. Morris Fuller Benton’s Century Oldstyle proves its worth as a contemporary workhorse, despite its age that surpassed a full century already a decade ago. Layouts are set in justified columns. For the recurring section Behind the Zines, we have a rare sighting of Century Schoolbook Monospace (!), hitting that sweet spot between typewriter and mid-century. The typographic palette is completed by Hoefler’s wooden catalyst Champion Gothic.