Remember ten years ago, when blogging was gaining more and more steam? Experts started to predict the end of print magazines, and I remember watching with sadness as mastheads started shutting down. The end of Blueprint (by the team at Martha Stewart) and Domino, affected me the most.
But since then, it seems to me there’s been a notable resurgence of print magazines. Especially creative, beautiful, independent ones — like Kinfolk, and the relaunch of Domino. I don’t know how wide the subscription base is for any of them, but I love when I see gorgeous periodicals thriving. Here are a few that I love seeing on my coffee table — one for kids, one for toddlers, one for families, and one for creatives. I’m guessing some of these might be new to you.
First up, for families, I recommend Lunch Lady. It’s an Australian magazine that filled to the brim with tons of recipes, intriguing tips, informative, articles, advice columns, and travel ideas.
It’s truly a delight to read — the layouts, photos and illustrations are all so dang good. I always feel like Australian design is years ahead of American design, and this magazine is more proof for my theory. Beautifully printed on thick paper, you’ll be so happy when each new issue arrives.
Then, there’s Anorak Magazine. It’s tagline? The Happy Mag for Kids. It’s created in the UK and has actually been around for awhile — it launched in 2006 — but I still rarely see it here in the U.S.. It’s published 4 times a year, is totally unisex, and is aimed at kids in the 6 to 12 year old range.
It’s so good. I feel like it never talks down to kids and always assumes that whoever is reading is brights, inquisitive, and creative. It features articles, activities, stories and ideas. Anorak is not a throwaway magazine. It’s the kind of publication you want to collect and keep.
Oh! And for younger readers, the same folks who make Anorak, also publish Dot, The Happy Mag For Preschoolers.
I don’t know why I haven’t thought of this before, but I have a niece named Dot sho is at the perfect age for this magazine. What a no-brainer gift idea! Hahaha.
Lastly, I want to make sure you know about Flow Magazine. It’s tagline is: A Magazine That Takes Its Time. I was introduced to Flow at this year’s Alt Summit. One of the sponsors, Workman Publishing, was working with Flow on a series of paper goods inspired by their magazine. They invited the two creators behind Flow, Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst, (both from The Netherlands), to come join us at the conference.
I love everything about Flow. Each issue is totally different. The cover changes, the content changes. Each one feels like a labor of creative love. Patterns, textures, hand-lettering, format direction changes, inserts, interviews, articles, fresh ideas. If you have a creative friend, Flow would make an amazing gift. It’s completely inspiring.
Okay. So those are 3 (well, technically 4) fabulous, creative, still-thriving magazines you can subscribe to. But there’s one magazine no longer being published, that I’ve been missing like crazy lately. Do you remember Mary Englebreit’s Home Companion Magazine?
Ages ago, a dear and stylish friend gave me a subscription to Home Companion for Christmas. I confess I was a little surprised — though I knew Mary Englebreit was an acclaimed illustrator, I had never been that drawn to her work, and don’t think I would have picked up her magazine on my own. But my friend’s instincts were spot on, and when I received my first issue, I could barely put it down. I was so darn sad when the last issue arrived.
I’ve never found anything quite like it to take it’s place. It was artistic and smart and entrepreneurial-minded. So good.
What about you? What’s your take on subscriptions? Do all your subscriptions live online? Or do you subscribe to any paper magazines these days? If yes, any favorites? And if there was any long-gone magazine you could bring back, what would it be?