Created to fulfil the desires and demands of ever-varying and new, niche audiences, independent magazines are thriving! In an unexpected defiance against the shift to digitalised platforms, recent statistics show that independent magazines have grown in popularity by 76% ... It's time to find your niche and get reading.
Published in artistic styles and packed with interesting articles and stories – not to mention inventive designs, there is almost certainly an independent magazine to suit your aesthetic. Even the very papers they are printed onto are a thing to behold. We are making time to put down our iPhones and pick up one of these sensory delights. Here are Six independent magazines to get you started.
Water is a bi-annual journal which explores the beauty and complexity of all things water-related. Each issue is dedicated to exploring the experiences and cultural significance of water. The editors believe in sharing honest stories, ranging from personal matters to global issues. Great for lovers of photography, Water is a contemporary magazine filled with professional photography, experimenting with water to follow the theme running throughout the magazine.
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Centred around lifestyle, travel and art, Cereal is a minimalist lovers bi-annual magazine with a Scandinavian feel to its design. Each issue is dedicated to a different place, focus on engaging interviews, stories and unique art and design from the specific place of interest. Elegantly written, Cereal balances its journalism with photography to create an engaging independent magazine, a great choice for those wanting to read something a little broader.
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Launching back in May 2013, Hole & Corner promotes creativity, craftsmanship, heritage and authenticity. The magazine gets its name from the English meaning of 'Hole-and-Corner' defined as; 'a secret place or a life lived away from the mainstream'. The independent magazine revels in stories of dedication, showcasing those who dedicate their life to their craft. Published quarterly, Hole & Corner began life to fill a gap in the market;"we felt there was a growing movement for well-crafted products and holistic lifestyles, but there was nothing out there to reflect the movement in the way that we do" Sam Walton of Hole & Corner expressed.
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Varon is a bi-annual men's fashion independent magazine with a focus on visual storytelling. Fuelled by a vision that clothing is the source of a man's identity, Varon demonstrates unique image compositions, built up through galleries in it's pages. They explore modernism with an unbiased and contextual approach. With a sophisticated point of view, each issue contains talented, charismatic and stylish men that have something to say to the world.
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For the skateboarders, photographers, and art enthusiats out there, The Quiet Leaf is a bi-annual independent magazine that combines all three. Based in South Korea, the magazine looks at the creative elements of skateboarding culture. Aesthetically pleasing, it portrays the works of low-key professionals overlooked by creative players from other parts of the world; "call it a humble reminder of what made us step on that piece of wood many years ago", editor Jin Yob Kim explained.
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No Independent magazine list would be complete with out giving kinfolk a mention. Centred around style, culture and work, Kinfolk launched in 2011 and soon became one of the leading independents. Sharing the life and stories of creative people from London to Tokyo, they release a new edition every quarter. Hosting international events regularly, they even have a gallery space in the centre of Copenhagen to showcase physical art for their readers to view in person.
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