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Developing a website such as SDk and the magazine it hosts takes time. That's why we think contributors and others interested in what we are doing deserve to be kept informed on our progress. This page has been designed to do exactly that: to keep you up-to-date as to where we are. We're pleased to have you with us.

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Development of SDk v2.0 is moving forwardSDk Updates ->

Mon 21 Jan, 2019.

After announcing the redevelopment of the SomethingDark website last year, we’ve been busy making it reality and are pleased to report it’s edging ever closer. Thus after a development meeting last week we thought it time to update everyone regarding progress.

Since the last public briefing in SDk Updates we’ve settled on a design for the new site, which is certainly taking shape; additionally, the daunting task of moving over the current issues and other SDk content to the new platform has begun.

Due to the unique format of the current SomethingDark, article content is distributed across multiple spreads like a traditional print magazine; furthermore, each piece of text, imagery or design on those spreads was hand coded to be in the correct position to work in that format. To be able to launch the new site, we need to undo all of this content positioning for each spread, taking all the code back to core html and then applying the fresh new styles for the new SomethingDark site. We’ll be honest: this is a gargantuan task, but the results will be worth it.

In addition to the above, we’re implementing new features for the site, improving contributor profiles and generally making the format easier for all browsers and devices to render the site properly and exactly as intended, as well as ensuring it’s a format that will grow with us easier, and faster.

We’re getting on with it and cannot wait to unleash the new site; and then, of course, cracking on with SDk04 straight away!

Thanks for reading with interest, and thanks for your support.

The new SomethingDark is on its waySDk Updates ->

Tues 05 Mar, 2018.

SomethingDark will be with everyone again soon with a totally new, responsive design. There’s a great deal to consider when developing an extensive new site – and it will be extensive, as all previous issues of SDk will be incorporated – so we’re putting an enormous amount of thought and care into it.

Here’s why we’re redesigning SomethingDark webmagazine from the ground up:

Web technology has developed enormously since we first released SDk in 2010, and indeed some might say the Web itself has changed. This isn’t quite true, as the Web invented by Tim Berners-Lee is still essentially the same platform, but the way the Web is used has changed, driven by mobile technology and the big tech corporations. While it’s possible to do more on the Web than ever before, the “rules” imposed by the likes of Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft – and the parameters of...Read more

SomethingDark, the first three editorials: now available as free PDFsSDk Updates ->

Mon. 12 Dec, 2016.

Last month we began promoting our Downloads page where articles by our contributing writers, artists and photographers are available to purchase as PDFs. Now we have also made available – for free download – the editorials from the first three issues of SomethingDark webmagazine.

The editorials provide an insight into what we’re all about: our raison d’ętre via a brief commentary on the important issues of our time as well as an overview of SomethingDark contributors, their work, and their contributions to SDk. So the editorials are a good introduction to SomethingDark. They’re also a good introduction to the functionality of our Downloads page: just click on the “purchase” box, fill in your name and preferred email address and the editorial PDF will be emailed directly to you without charge (you’ll also need to specify whether you would like your PDF as an A4 document or in US Letter, as all our PDFs are provided in both formats).

Our offerings in PDF are growing all the time, and yes, you read correctly above: most of the artists and photographers ...Read more

SomethingDark articles now offered as downloadable PDFsSDk Updates ->

Thurs 17 Nov, 2016.

SomethingDark stands apart from the mainstream media–entertainment juggernaut that seems to exert a vice-like grip on readerships, viewers and listeners everywhere: SDk is not a content-churning machine. Instead, we concentrate on quality: quality of research, of writing, of presentation. In other words, cutting-edge thought, criticism and expression that is in some cases thought-provoking, in others entertaining, in still others challenging (even shocking), but, we trust, always readable.

We’re confident our writing stands the test of time with its relevance and quality; therefore, knowing it’s often more convenient to read offline or outside of a webpage or on another device, or indeed on the printed page, readers can now purchase and download in PDF format a selection of articles from SomethingDark webmagazine. Whether for personal interest or for serious research, owning your own copy can often make sense and is worth the small outlay.

Before being offered as an SDk PDF, all articles are reviewed and all links are verified...Read more

SomethingDark in Berlin exhibition extended to 14 JanuarySDk Updates ->

Thurs 20 Oct, 2016.

SomethingDark <i>in Berlin</i> exhibition extended to 14 January

SomethingDark in Berlin, an exhibition of fine art and photography as featured in SomethingDark webmagazine, has been extended to 14 January 2017. The exhibition opened on 2 September at Ivooo Photostudio/Artspace in the north-west Berlin district of Wedding, and was extended in agreement with Ivooo’s proprietor, the Berlin-based Dutch photographer, Ivo Hofsté.

The exhibition’s theme is based on the latest edition of SomethingDark webmagazine (SDk03), “The built environment and urban decay”. Artwork and photography from SDk03 shares wall space with additional complementary work by SDk03 contributors, and with work by...Read more

SomethingDark in Berlin: up and runningSDk Updates ->

Thurs 08 Sep, 2016.

SomethingDark <i>in Berlin</i>: up and running

After months of careful planning and curating, the SomethingDark in Berlin exhibition is on the walls of gallery space in the north-west Berlin district of Wedding. The exhibition marks the release of the third edition of SomethingDark webmagazine (SDk03); thus, the exhibition’s theme is based on the SDk03 theme of “the built environment and urban decay”, and much artwork and photography that featured in SDk03 is on the wall in the flesh, so to speak.

The opening event on Friday 2 September was also a special occasion to celebrate the relaunch of SomethingDark. This event began with a live online tour of SDk webmagazine during which our emphasis on uniqueness, quality and the total work of art were highlighted. English artist and writer Howard Litchfield, who together with his photographer–partner Pete Beck was responsible for creating SDk03’s iconic front-cover image, then gave a detailed account of his three-year Minotaur project. Howard’s presentation was in equal measure highly personal, an account of the bull-headed man in classical mythology, and an exposition of the minotaur in art history...Read more

Announcing SomethingDark in Berlin: the SDk03 launch event and exhibitionSDk Updates ->

Thurs 21 Jul, 2016.

SomethingDark no. 3 was released in the first week of April; it is 246 pages (in print format it would be much longer), and took more than four years to produce. To celebrate SDk03, and in light of the time taken to put it into the world, we are holding a very special (re)launch event and exhibition in Berlin at the beginning of September. The venue is Ivooo Studio/Werkstatt/Laden, a multipurpose gallery space in the Wedding district of north-west Berlin.

Arrangements are well advanced, and the combined main event and exhibition opening will be Friday 2 September. The exhibition will continue until Sunday 11 September, taking in the 2TageWedding culture festival on Saturday and Sunday 10–11 September.

The program for the main relaunch event will include the exhibition opening at 7pm, followed at 8pm by a live, online tour of SomethingDark webmagazine with...Read more

The digital era’s new challenge: industrial-scale violation of creatives’ copyrightSDk Updates ->

Fri 30 Nov, 2012.

We now know what it’s like to have our copyright violated: the SDk01 feature article by editor Daryl Champion, “Twenty years later: Mapplethorpe, art and politics”, has been copied, altered (to the article’s detriment), and republished on a university-hosted web page by an academic. And not just any academic, but none other than a full professor and head of department.

The university happens to be in America, but it could have been anywhere. There are lessons to be learned here, by us as well as any publisher or self-publisher. But before we go on to the bigger picture we’d like to say a little more about the violation of SomethingDark’s copyright, although we can’t reveal any details while communication with the offenders is ongoing....Read more

SDk’s editor for North America interviewed on internet radioSDk Updates ->

Wed 06 June, 2012.

SomethingDark webMagazine’s editor for North America, Marilyn Jaye Lewis, was interviewed last week on “The Art of Dreaming”, the internet radio show hosted by American writer Michael Hemmingson.

The full interview, "The Art of Dreaming – Interview with Marilyn Jaye Lewis”, has been made available on YouTube, and listeners can expect to hear about “the writer’s life, the publishing industry, literary erotica vs. romantica, the e-book revolution, psychic moments, the 1980s, and the music industry”. ...Read more

Wrestling with font management for SDk03 and beyondSDk Updates ->

Fri 25 May, 2012.

Development is a never-ending process, and that’s what’s been occupying Chris so much of late. More specifically, we’re dealing with the multitude of issues surrounding the way different operarting systems – namely Windows and the Mac OS – and, to a lesser extent, browsers, render fonts on-screen.

This is a specific problem for us because of the unique way SomethingDark webMagazine is constructed; to ultimately have an HTML-driven webmagazine resemble a “real” magazine (i.e. in traditional print), we have to wrestle with varying so-called “standards” implemented across the major operating systems and browsers....Read more