Everyone once in awhile, you might find yourself up early making yourself a quality cup of pour over coffee while your little one(s) still sleep. The house is clean, no work to be done just yet and you’d rather spend your time not vegging out in front of the TV. Sure, we all wish we could dive into a great novel, but every once in awhile we just need a quicker does of inspiration. In that case, what’s better than a beautifully designed magazine with interesting, well-writen stories and incredible images and/or downright genius illustrations? Not much, if anything. Disconnecting from your phone, iPad, computer and turning the pages of one of these printed gems might be just what you need from time to time. It doesn’t hurt that they aren’t the kind of publication you’re ashamed to hid, in fact, you might want to leave them out on the coffee table. And you certainly wouldn’t be upset if your kid(s) get ahold of them. Do yourself a favor and check these brilliant, inspiring and beautifully designed magazines!
Another Escape ($15+) – A beautifully designed meditation on creative, sustainable living. The creators launched the magazine as a source of inspiration for like-minded people, celebrating both physical and mental exploration.
Alpine Modern ($15+) – Alpine Modern is a quarterly magazine that explores elevated living, architecture and design in mountain regions around the world. The stories and photography express the emerging design ethos of a more natural minimalism and refined life entwined with the outdoors.
Define ($12+) – Created by fellow parents Amanda Jane and Cree Jones, each issue focusses on a single work and will be defined by a unique group of artists using various mediums. Each issue a simple word and explores it with intentionality.
Smith Journal ($12+) – Smith Journal is a fascinating quarterly publication for guys (and gals). It feels hands-on and provokes a heads-up sensibility. It serves as a guide to all things creative, intriguing, genuine and funny. Beautifully designed and chalk full of stories, people, adventures, interesting conversations and style for the modern day gentleman.
Intern ($14) – A new(ish), bi-annual independent magazine for and by emerging creatives showcasing the best of unpaid talent throughout various creative industries and beginning a debate on these internships and the effects they have.
Wilderness ($18) – This one is currently being read. Have you ever asked yourself why no-one made a mens version of the beloved Darling Magazine that your wife, girlfriend or lady friend is always reading? Many of men have asked, thus the result of Wilderness. Brought to us by the same folks at Darling. Its here to encourage us to be better versions of ourselves, all wrapped in the spirit of adventure.
Cereal ($19.95) – A UK-based quarterly rooted in food, products and people from around the globe. It boasts an incredible minimalist design that showcases breathtaking photography which accompanies niche topics modeled as chapters. It’s purpose is to satisfy the soul. We’ve found that this magazine is enjoyed greatly when cruising at 30,000 in the air.
Collective Quarterly ($20) – From artists to musicians to chefs and to designers. Collective Quarterly is a magazine that encourages readers to discover new corners of the world by exploring a new and offbeat location in each issue by connecting and interviewing the craftspeople of said location.
The Travel Almanac ($18) – A truly genuine and intriguing printed magazine. This Berlin and New York based publication focuses on traveling and temporary habitation, addressing an increasingly mobilized creative community. One of, if not the only, of its kind to speak to such a generation of sophisticated and nomadic of travelers looking for new and exciting adventures.