Written by Pixie Stardust
Australians are one of the highest consumers of magazines per capita in the world. Considering the diversity of magazines available to cover every imaginable niche interest it is no surprise that Australians buy so many.
2011 has seen the arrival of several new and unique magazines. Whether any of them can survive the notoriously difficult magazine publishing industry remains to be seen, however the high production quality and innovative content of some of them suggests that they will be on the shelves for a while.
Smith Journal, produced by the people that make Frankie (indie/creative lifestyle mag for ladies) is essentially Frankie for men. With a similar aesthetic and values of creativity, art, handmade, originality and quirkiness Smith Journal caters for the creative hipster who wants more from a magazine than sport, ladies and the latest technology. Produced only four times a year it aims to be a high calibre magazine that can be cherished and referred to over time.
Feast, a new magazine from SBS enters a market flooded with food magazines. However Feast manages to stand above the competitors due to its unique stying, engaging mix of features, diversity of recipes and multicultural flavour. Feast explores the whole world of experience, history and culture that influences what, when and why we eat and share food with others. A mouth watering and enlightening read.
Peppermint is a totally green fashion and lifestyle magazine available quarterly. With similar arts, fashion, craft, beauty and lifestyle content to Frankie; Peppermint‘s uniqueness is its total focus on eco, ethical , DIY and organic alternatives. An inspiring, informative and beautiful magazine that is supportive and encouraging of alternative ways of living.
Of course we already have some great, unique magazines that keep on getting better:
Frankie , an indie magazine for ladies featuring art, craft, fashion and lifestyle has been around for quite a while now. It continues to be an inspiration and pleasure to read and the magazine had endeavoured to grow and change over time to suit readers. A pleasant contrast to other woman’s magazines that focus on physical beauty, rampant consumption and dieting, Frankie offers a voice of reason supporting natural uniqueness and unabashed creativity. What other magazine offers a free poster featuring original artwork by a talented young aussie artist?
Dumbo Feather has been around for seven years but its boutique nature has kept it hidden from my eyes until now. This quarterly journal looks more like a coffee table book due to his incredible art direction and photography. The stunning images accompany extended profiles of unique and inspirational people from fashion, arts, science, enterprise and politics. This thoughtful, dense publication is uniquely delightful.
Collect magazine, produced in Adelaide by local creatives shows a refreshing pride in the diverse experiences of living in our city. Published every second month, Collect talks about the interesting and unique places, people and experiences that make our city and state so lovely to inhabit. It is stocked at locally owned and run businesses worth your visit such as Coffee Branch, Goodies and Grains, Espresso Royale, Imprints Booksellers and Matilda bookshop.
Vice, once a quirky, anarchistic street press has evolved into an international operation of craziness, oddities, anarchy, fun and eccentric intellectualisms. Available as a magazine or an online behemoth, Vice is sure to enlighten you, make you laugh and shock you all at once.
Adbusters is an anti-consumer culture magazine that supports global activism, culture jamming and freedom from commercial oppression. It contains philosophy, activist commentary, photo essays and ironic mashups of contemporary media culture. Strictly a magazine for those of a liberal, open-minded or left wing mindset, Adbusters is confronting, challenging and inspiring magazine that motivates thought and action relating to our future.
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