I’m excited to announce this new creative project that’s actually been on the drawing board for some time. Ever since I read the beautifully designed and well-written digital magazines In Treehouses and The Micropublisher produced by Thom Chambers (then doing business as Mountain & Pacific), I’ve been drawn to this specific medium.
What are digital magazines?
Digital magazines, or micromagazines, come in a variety of formats, however, for my purposes, I’ll be producing PDF documents such as those pictured below.
They aren’t flashy print magazines that scream at readers with extra-bold headlines and garish photos. Instead, they’re artistically designed with attention paid to typography and visual messaging. Though best viewed on a tablet or computer flatscreen, printing is also possible.
Here are some screenshots from a past issue of The Micropublisher, designed by Thom Chambers.
Here’s a question: When was the last time you put a book or magazine down and thought to yourself, “Gosh, I have to stop reading now but I absolutely can’t wait to get back to it.”
Can you recall such an experience? If so, I’ll bet that it was a thriller or mystery novel with a plot that really hooked you. When it comes to non-fiction, we don’t usually have that same level of engagement. I think that’s unfortunate. Reading and learning about new ideas should have this same effect on us.
Reading and learning should be a beautiful and pleasurable experience. When you have to stop reading, not only should the content stay with you, luring you back, but so should the medium itself. Combining elegant design with well-written content creates this experience each time one sits down to read. I want to give readers this kind of experience.
Back in 2012, I studied under Thom’s guidance. To this day, it remains the most influential online training in my experience. Thom’s work had a profound effect on me from a creative perspective. Since then, I’ve sifter various ideas for my own micromagazines. I am now in a place, both in my writing and editing abilities, as well as my design skills, to take on such a project.
With these experiences serving as the backdrop and a desire to create truly memorable reading experiences as my motivation, I’m planning for a series of six issues for the first run. Each issue will have an overarching theme with supporting sub-themes. I envision beginning work on the first issue in a few weeks.
If this interests you and you want to come along for the ride, please subscribe. Each of these six issues will be free and will remain available for the foreseeable future.
R I S T R E T T O ~ A Limited Run MicroMagazine for Coffee Lovers
- 6 Issues in PDF
- Free for subscribers