A handful of artists and writers in Portland started Plazm magazine in 1991. The Information Age was accelerating fast but only 7 million people had cell phones, which were the size of bricks and cost more than a used car. The Internet was mostly populated by scientists and programmers, though the public could gain access to it for $2 per minute. Mass media—the ability to disseminate information, entertainment, and creative expression to a substantial audience—was largely controlled by five corporations.
Plazm’s Josh Berger and Niko Courtelis believed that design could be a catalyst for change in the world. They still do.
The complete catalog of Plazm magazine resides in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Denver Art Museum. Plazm has been listed by ID magazine as one of the 40 most influential design studios in the world and received the Creative Resistance Award from Adbusters.