UNBXD Top 10 Independent magazines
According to the media, print is a dying art form, unnecessary and obsolete since the rise of the internet. This article aims to celebrate the creatives of the world challenging this theory and succeeding in providing the public with tangible printy goodness. This is a list of UNBXD's Top 10 independent magazines that we believe you shouldn't be without.
10. CAT PEOPLE
Our 10th spot is taken by Cat people, the magazine was established in 2013 and has already won an array of awards including Best Indie Magazine, Print Medal Finalist - The society of Publication Designers. Cat people is a necessity for any cat lover, with interviews from like minded professionals. All content is combined into one beautifully crafted bilingual magazine. As well as this $1 AUD is donated to Animal Kingdom Kansai with every sale, helping animals affected by natural disasters in Japan. The only downfall is that Cat People is printed annually, so its a long wait for your latest cat fix.
9. FRESH PAINT MAGAZINE
Next up is Fresh Paint Magazine also relatively young founded in 2013, the main focus is providing more opportunities for up and coming artists looking to network and grow. Fresh Paint Magazine became available in the UK in 2015 tapping in to the European art scene and establishing itself as a must have for any art lover. Each issue calls on artists from all over to world to submit their art for a chance to be featured. Here at UNBXD we believe in rooting for the underdog and this magazine does just that.
8. PRINT ISN'T DEAD
Print isn't dead is brought to you by The People Of Print. A quarterly magazine dedicated to print in its tactile form. The magazine celebrates the craft with exclusive studio interviews and content as well as a variety of stunning illustration and design. Print isn't dead has been funded with kickstarter and demonstrates its thanks to funders with interactive cover design and rewards making the project all the more personal.
Cereal will instantly strike you with its consistently stunning visuals. A travel and lifestyle magazine that is totally unique, its considered use of negative space immerses the reader into a minimalistic view of the world. Cereal also produce city guides (currently for London, New York and Paris) providing essential information for visitors wanting to gain the most from their trips. Arguably the most prominent aspect of cereal is its timeless design.
Lagom celebrates creativity beautifully. Divided into three sections spaces & places, craft & create and escape & recharge, the magazine focus' heavily on the personal stories behind influential creatives in a way no other lifestyle magazine does. Lagom provides inspiration for creatives, spotlighting the hidden gems of the world. We also love the Lagom blog, a diverse collection of creative finds.
Number 5 is one for the girls, Oomk meaning 'one of my kind' is printed twice a year and focus' on faith, activism and identity whilst celebrating the "imaginations, creativity and spirituality of women." Oomk works to empower women of colour and tackle the underrepresentation and misrepresentation of these women in mainstream media. In a society seeing a surge of racist and xenephobic hate crimes its refreshing to hear from a group of women fighting against this and showcasing women of colour. Not only is Oomk politically relevant and inspiring the design is visually impressive and engaging.
Boat dedicates each issue to one inspiring city, providing the reader with flawless design and beautiful imagery from these places. The creators of Boat fully immerse themselves in the culture of the said place by moving there and setting up studio. This means locals and the Boat team can work a long side each other in order to create original and genuine content. Boat will make the reader set aside any pre conceived ideas about a place and see it in a whole new light, which is refreshing and honest.
Anorak is by far the funnest entry in our top 10. Technically its aimed at children, but we see no reason to limit Anorak to any age limit. Guaranteed to pop with vibrant colours and interesting visuals Anorak can be revisited for a new experience every time, often discovering new aspects with a second (or third) look. Anorak encourages creativity and imagination in both young and old people and thats why its earned third place in our top 10 list.
Remarkable is a magazine that focus' on amazing people who inject positivity into the world. Inspiring readers to make change and challenge the norms. Each issue is focused on a certain topic, showcasing innovative designs and people using the topic to create great things. Remarkable also have a really strong online presence, selling items that reinforce their brands message.
1. THE GENTLEWOMAN
Our number one spot goes to The Gentlewoman. A magazine dedicated to celebrating "modern women of style and purpose." A truly empowering magazine that gives praise and thanks to inspiring women of the world. The magazine provides an intelligent insight into women's style, and just like the other magazines in this list, does it with effortless style and design.
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