Migrant 4: Dark Matters review

The immaculate new issue of Migrant Journal is a stunning example of ambitious editorial design perfectly executed.

5 Star Rating

Our Verdict

The new issue of indie mag Migrant Journal is a triumph of impeccable design.


  • Great design
  • Beautiful production values
  • Incredible value for money


  • The six-issue format means it can never have bold reinvention

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As Migrant Journal's six-volume mission to change the way we view migration passes the halfway mark; it's not just the stark, black and silver cover that feels subdued. "Night, the moment of illegitimacy and illegality," warns the opening editorial. "Drama, sins, crimes. The time for desperate actions and bad decisions. Surrender." 

While previous issues have traversed physical and political borders, issue four travels down, both literally and psychologically, to identify the human casualties of fake news (Abyssal theory), black money (Hundi & Hawala), "kamikaze" oil smuggling (Essence du Bénin) and sexual exploitation (They Fuck It Up). 

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The Verdict

out of 10

Migrant 4: Dark Matters review

The new issue of indie mag Migrant Journal is a triumph of impeccable design.

Mark Wynne

Mark Wynne is an art director and designer with more than 20 years' experience in the publishing industry. He's been responsible for art directing and rebranding several popular magazine titles, including Official PlayStation Magazine and cult videogame title EDGE, and he was also Art Editor for Computer Arts magazine. Mark is one of Creative Bloq's go-to experts for all things related to design and branding.