The Rise of the Indie Magazine
You know those special organic, publications, where the pages smell like dewy woodland and the shiny ink appears fresh? The magazines that are ran by a small team of artists, photographers, writers, graphic designers and always always produces impeccable content? They make us champion the belief that print is certainly not dead.
The market for indie mags is massive and ever growing. It’s been said that no matter how good and ‘glare-free’ our Kindles are; we will always prefer to turn an actual page.
For our love of print, we wanted to share with you some favourite independent magazines which will massively upgrade your bookshelf and enhance your creative awareness.
In a consumerist heavy society, the quarterly published, Kinfolk provides respite. The white space and the tranquil palette delivers instant relaxation to the reader and the wholesome, lifestyle content explores ways for readers to simplify their lives, cultivate community and spend more time with their friends and family. Founded in 2011, Kinfolk is now the leading lifestyle magazine for young creative professionals. Get this mag if your life is particularly hectic, exams are getting to you or you’re just in need of a break.
So It Goes
Renowned for its cover stars, So It Goes is a biannual publication that champions the original voices of today across seven chapters: The Actors, The Directors, The Artists, The Collection, The Musicians, The Places and The Writers. Described as a ‘meeting place for global network of photographers, journalists and other creatives’ So It Goes is always the first magazine to feature the global personalities of the minute; featuring Dean Strang from Making a Murder during the hype, and scoring Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown’s exclusive cover shoot.
North East born, Aesthetica is one of the leading British art and culture magazine with a readership of over 300,000! With the main focus on contemporary visual art and artists, Aesthetic is that bridge you need on your coffee table which makes notable art and exhibitions more accessible. With the focus on much more than just art, photography is a huge aspect of Aesthetica with the cover image always outstanding. A must read for any creative.
Teesside published Sunday Girl is a biannual magazine for the intelligent, creative, ambitious girl who well and truly champions Girl Power. With content ranging from historical women who fought for their gender, young entrepreneurs, short stories, featuring the newest upcoming girls in music, beautiful fashion editorials and ‘girl’s guide to…’ this magazine should be every girl’s go to publication.
Starting out as a fan-zine dedicated to the street style of punk-era London in 1980, i-D is without a doubt the coolest magazine on the shelves. With the wink identity on each cover in the with the name (i-D is a sideways emoji wink!) and the stars that grace each and every cover, i-D has gone from strength to strength since the pre-digital days of cut and paste. The magazines mantra is ‘originate- don’t imitate’ and encourages creativity from the masses and on many platforms delivers constant inspirational content.
First starting in New York by publishing goddess, Serena Guen (who’s been named the “Mark Zuckerberg of publishing), SUITCASE Magazine is the perfect combination of travel and fashion. First started by Serena in her third year at New York University, SUITCASE’s aim is to re-imagine the role of the travel magazine – which it does very successfully. “Saying goodbye to the impossibly luxurious and the underwhelming tourist clichés, and embracing the eclectic and adventurous appetite of a generation of creative and entrepreneurs, SUITCASE exists to change the way you travel.”
Images courtesy of Gingham and Glitter, Kinfolk, So It Goes, Aesthetica, Sunday Girl, i-D, SUITCASE