Ghosts are more than spirits and the supernatural.

Metaphorical “ghosts” linger around us too—the fear etched under our skin, the mystery that is lurking at the back of our mind, or the loss buried deep in our heart. The things that happened to us in the past, they become the ghosts we carry with us. They can sometimes get too heavy to bear, and in time, we can only hope to release them.

An annual publication, Meantime is put together by a team based in Singapore and is all about life in the city state and its history. For its second issue, the theme was Ghost Stories.

Based on the articles, specific treatment such as torn pages, jagged edges (trimmed by hand with a knife), and mixed paper stocks (including translucent paper) were carefully selected and customised to elevate the reading experience.
The highlight of this issue is the cover—it is treated with a layer of heat-sensitive ink that changes colour and leaves an imprint of your hands as you hold the magazine. It is reminiscent of how every touch leaves an imprint, be it temporal or permanent. For every read, we create a ghost of an experience.

The result is a magazine that perfectly balances content and form, creating a publication that speaks to various interpretations of its theme, with a design to match.

Stories: Pang Xue Qiang / Wong Zioedy / Sharanya Pillai / Toh Ee Ming
Photographer: Amrita Chandradas
Printing: Allegro Print
Paper: RJ Paper 
Promotional Motion Graphics: Shuai Zhou ChenDocumentation: Samuel Wong

Meantime can be purchased here.