Inspiring + Beautifully Designed Magazines

Inspiring Magazines

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.


The Modern Father


Back in the 90’s, when I was just a kid, growing up in small town right outside of Harrisburg, PA, the meaning of the word father and the role they played seemed different than how I see it now. Maybe it’s because I am now a father, albeit a rather new one. Perhaps I was too young to understand parental roles as I do now. When I play the comparison game between my father and myself, there are not too many differences. Both entrepreneurs owning our own businesses, both married, hard working, self motivated fathers. Just as my father strived to provide for his family, I do too. The list goes on.

So why is it that I feel like being a father today is so different than it was for my father when I was a child 20+ years ago? More dads today change more diapers than previous generations (I probably change an equal amount as my wife), they are also more engaged, they no longer feel their value is just a paycheck and more are staying home with their children. Female independence and the desire women today have to work and make a career for themselves is much more prevalent than it was in the 80’s and 90’s. I believe that has something to do with it. The type of work, both mothers and fathers, do today is also much different. Jobs in the tech industry, creative markets and other entrepreneurial endeavors allow us to work differently. But if we also simply look back into societies history, we’ll see that men were once very involved in their children’s lives. They played a larger role in caregiving, theyused to work together more and even help deliver their children.

Some might feel as though fathers today may be honing in on our instinct to provide more than financial stability. Perhaps it’s because many fathers today lacked that from their own fathers. For me, I made a tough decision to peruse a career in a creative field that would allow me to be more involved from day one. My wife and I both stay home during the weekdays and work from home. It’s not always been easy, but it’s surely been worth it, and I believe many others feel the same. It’s allowed for me to spend more time with our son than I ever would of imagined. Technology is partially to thank, because perhaps had my father had the same resources we do now, he would of been able to chose to stay at home and work versus having to run a business away from home.

This lifestyle and career has also allowed for me to play a bigger role in pretty much every decision we’ve made, from the littlest to the bigger. Being someone who comes from a design background, works in a creative field and has today’s minimalist approach on life, I found it hard to find resources online to go to that were geared toward fathers like myself. I wanted to read about topics that pertained to fathers who work from home and how to manage that balance, product reviews written from a fathers standpoint, etc. And I wanted a resource that did it well, with a modern approach, thoughtful articles, aesthetically pleasing and that didn’t feel like a mommy blog written by a father.

Fatherhood and the role of fathers have changed a lot over the last couple decades and will continue to evolve as more fathers jump on board. So, that’s why Papa & Co. is here. To fill that void, for the modern father. To be a place to read, learn, research and connect. Welcome!


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