Since graduating from my Masters a lot of curious people have picked my brains about returning to university. This got me thinking about putting a post together, almost like a how-to-guide on how to go about making that thought a reality. Continue reading
Credited: #1 @coffeetablemags #2 @readlagom – @fieramagazine – #3 fieramagazine #4 @thisisintern #5 @aalicebernardo #6 @butikkenrost – @fieramagazine – #7 @coffeetablemags #8 @hellomagnify
Hole & Corner, Kinfolk, Cereal – these aren’t your usual indie band names, these are just a handful of the incredibly innovative independent (indie) magazines that have graced our newsstands over the last five years. I don’t know about you but I’m completely smitten by the way in which creative collectives have taken the decision and the opportunity [with the rise of the digital era] to just go ahead and collaborate on something that has been missing from the print industry. I must admit, since having my first encounter with Kinfolk a few years ago I have been reading less & less of those commercially safe interior mags and have opted for the more out-there and unconventional indie mag. Indie mag Editors don’t sit in their glass tower offices with an assistant for their assistant, streams of departments for food content, interior content and so on – they can usually be found being their own PR, marketing and content machine working alongside just a small selective group of dedicated individuals who contribute to the magazine. For me [and this is not to say that all commercial mags aren’t, but] there seems to be more integrity, raw honestly and less conformity in this new form of publication. With their bold, graphically fine tuned covers packed with inspiring and refreshing interviews from new, emerging to established designers & artisans, I wanted to share with you my favourite & fond indie mags that have rocked my world.
Like meeting an old friend I can’t quite remember when I started reading this magazine. I started purchasing them however on a regular basis when I’d visit my favourite newsstand – the Shoreditch’s Artwords store. Kinfolk is one of those beautifully well-thought out publications that is full of interesting articles, interviews and info from some of the most creative artisans around the world. Like Vogue I tend to archive them then pull them out every so often for inspiration. For example, the entrepreneur issue (Issue 15) discusses the idea of entrepreneurism and the motivation that drives these individuals as well as discussing the balance between working & playing hard.
2. LAGOM *
Lagom (a publication which I discovered only weeks ago via Instagram) was something that caught my eye instantaneously. Created by Samantha & Elliot Stock this Bristol based lifestyle indie mag focuses on both championing & celebrating individuals ‘who make a living from their passion’ – be it full time or like most of us part-time after the day job. With a diverse range of inspiring people from chefs to baristas, Samantha & Eliot along with a merry band of photographers, writers, illustrators (and a transcriber) – eloquently explore the journeys they’ve taken to embark upon their ventures. *I’ve teamed up with Elliot & Samantha at Lagom magazine to offer my newsletter subscribers a huge -10% off the magazine, subscriptions & more. Sign up here to get your discount – offer ends 25.05.15.
This publication is a personal favourite of mine. Katie Treggiden along with MagCulture’s Jeremy Leslie launched Fiera in 2014 in a successful plight to both summarise and articulate all those carefully curated design shows both nationally & internationally. The idea was born when Katie was on her way home on a journey from hell after visiting yet another inspiring design show. Think wet shoes, clothes & traffic delays and you kinda get the idea – yet Katie believed that someone should actually document all these shows with such a vast growing number of them and yet so little time for one person to see them all. Fiera is a thick, chunky bi-annual publication jam-packed with emerging, young & established designers (as well as those behind the scenes). Issue one is already out now with issue two in the works.
If I’m honest – Intern is a magazine which is truly akin to my own personal values & ethos. The power of the intern is such a strong force of strength yet has been exploited by so many. An internship is a two-way street, a learning process to discover more about a new industry & craft yet it’s an opportunity for a company to gain new blood, gain fresh ideas and also gain a beneficial addition to their workforce. As this is an added benefit to a company either emerging or established I believe all internships should be structured & paid regardless. Now that I’ve gotten off my proverbial soap-box – Intern has stepped into a grab which champions the good work that emerging talented interns and creative companies do. This partnership and collaborative feel between intern, internship and company feels organic and morally strong. With two issues already done & dusted they spark lively insightful debates surrounding the topic of internships as well as the body of work and initiatives of those involved.
I discovered this wholesome magazine whilst having a conversation with Smug Store Founder Lizzie Evans and Mapology Guides Founder Tina Berstein. Hole & Corner is a pure celebration of passion, beauty & craft and focuses on those who put content before style, who spend more time ‘doing’ in contrast to talking a good game. Written by a dedicated yet humble team of skilled writers this independent magazine is both pure in style & content and really recognises those creative & highly skilled artisans who otherwise might not have previously had a significant level of exposure in print. Last year for the London Design Festival the Hole & Corner team set up a pop-up office at Forge & Co. in Shoreditch to write the magazine whilst engaging with their readers (such a great idea). Hole & Corner is already on issue 4 with issue 5 being curated as well speak.
Credited: Instagram #cerealmagazine
Think beauty, clean lines, travel and inspiration and you’ll be half way to envisioning this beautifully contained magazine. Although extremely aesthetically pleasing to the eye there is certainly an abundance of content over style here. Curated by Editor Rosa Park this bi-annual publication divides itself into city-specific chapters. A dream read for travel buffs & travel seekers or those who enjoy exploring new spaces from diverse destinations, Cereal captures this distinctive narrative though breath-taking (and envious) photography paired with intellectually written content.
Credited: Instagram #designanthologymag
I stumbled across Design Anthology during their first edition. This Asian quarterly indie magazine is an interior designers dream. A clean looking, thick publication full of interior interviews, designs and architecture I find it extremely difficult to put down. What I love particularly about this magazine is the fact that not only do they include the incredible photography of some of the best hotels & spaces around the world but they also include the sketches (something which is imperative to the design process). In a celebration of the burgeoning creative & cultural scene in Asia the magazine is printed in Hong Kong and available internationally.
Social media is such a blessing and it certainly played its hand in my fate with the magazine. Discovering Magnify through instagram (you gotta love instragram) and after careful research & intrigue I instantly fell for their concept. In essence Magnify offers a distinctive platform for women to explore the Christian faith & discuss how Christianity impacts on being a women in todays society. With so many highly opinionated individuals taking to social media to air their views on faith it can be quite ‘intimidating’ shall we say to stand proud of your beliefs without feeling the unnecessary negativity that can follow. Being of Catholic faith myself it’s so refreshing to find a beautifully produced magazine that not only embodies the values of Christianity but through it, empowers & showcases women through faith, feminism & fashion. Established in 2009 by Founder Ruth Awogbade issue one of the magazine interviews Blogger & Founder of Park & Cube – Shini Park in addition to leading figures in business, fashion, arts & entertainment.
If you signed up to my blog newsletter you’d have noticed that I’ve given it a little shake up and have themed April’s edition around 4 creative tasks that you can start today (if you missed out then you can always sign up here). One of my creative tips was to attend the Blogtacular event. All of these tips are tasks I’ve actually completed personally and have enhanced my mindset & creative ability. One reason I attended the events debut last year was to hear keynote Joy Cho of Oh Joy! (yes THAT Joy Cho) talk about her career, successes and the inevitable pitfalls. I’ve shared Joy’s keynote filmed by the Blogtacular team below however, I did want to share some of the thought-provoking tips she shared with us on the day.
It’s extremely important to realise that we’re not ‘just’ bloggers. To be honest I think we all go above-and-beyond being ‘just’ bloggers. I’m a blogger/designer/writer/marketer/PR rep for the blog/social media journalist/contributor. I work with brands and I do all this in my spare time. Although I am extremely passionate about my blog and designing interiors this doesn’t define me as a person. I’m still crazy Mary and love to catch up with the girls – I think that’s key when being all those things above. Joy also explains that you need to decide what it is that YOU want to do then research ways to get there. She reminisced on how not being able to obtain her dream job at Anthropologie resulted in her taking the initiative to start her own blog. This has led to her, amongst other things, having her own line at Target, her own stationery & wallpaper line plus her 3rd book ’60 Ways To Create & Give Joy’. Sometimes a knock-back can really be a blessing in disguise. Lastly the ability to realise that you must knock on every (virtual) door and do something that scares you is very important. As they say (and I know it’s incredibly corny) ‘nothing grows from your comfort zone’ and that’s true. With the increase and addiction we all have to instagram & social media more golden opportunities are popping up online with our ability to connect. That said, this can also expose new & exciting opportunities to do something special which might appear scary. This recently happened to me when I saw the opportunity to be part of the judging panel as part of The Evening Standard Homes & Property 2015 Awards. I was apprehensive initially but that was overridden by the excitement. After being invited to down to the Evening Standard offices to meet the team I was selected as a judge. Sometimes you just have to close your eyes and go for it if it’s too good an opportunity to miss! Joy has recently commenced a new vlog series called ‘Oh Joy Answers’ where she answers some of our most burning questions to-date.