5 Independent Magazines you should get your hands on

In recent times, as the world of online media and publications has well and truly settled in, there has been a strong resurgence and re-flourishing of the independent magazine (those paper book things with words and pictures on them). Often focusing on small niches, and run be even smaller collections of people, these magazines are full of in-depth and rich content that you’re going to have a hard time finding in the clickbaitey, tl;dr ocean of content found on the net.

Yes, you have to pay for it, but what you’re getting is best described by Smith Journal – ‘unexpected, interesting, funny and sometimes complicated stories and tells them the way you would to a bunch of friends at the pub’. If that doesn’t do it for you, at the very least you’re not clicking through a 30 page slide show of  ‘THE MOST INCREDIBLY HEARTFELT TWEETS ABOUT DRAKE OF ALL TIME. FAITH IN HUMANITY RESTORED’ only to find that you’ve wasted 6 minutes of your life and making buzzfeed 10 cents worth of ad revenue in the process.

Now this isn’t to say you can’t have the best of both worlds, most established magazines let you browse through some of their shorter content online, and they more often than not have really insanely good, Instagram profiles to match. Not only that, you don’t have to wander through a hidden bookshop cafe in Surry Hills to get a copy – just order online and get it shipped to your door.

Whether your looking to gain some inside knowledge from some of the worlds unknown best, or just enjoy the simple pleasure of reading something tangible, a good magazine is worth a second look. Here are 5 top-notch ones to have a look at:


Probably the leader of the pack, Kinfolk is an independent lifestyle magazine for young creative professionals that explores ways for readers to simplify their lives, cultivate community and spend more time with their friends and family.


Get your hands on Kinfolk

Kinfolk on Instagram

Cereal Mag

My personal favourite, Cereal Mag is curated selection of travel destinations and lifestyle features delivered to your door. It has some of the best photography you’ll ever see with the content to match.


Get your hands on Cereal Mag

Cereal Mag on Instagram

Smith Journal

As mentioned before, Smith Journal is a quarterly, Australia-based publication that takes unexpected, interesting, funny and sometimes complicated stories and tells them the way you would to a bunch of friends at the pub.


Get your hands on Smith Journal

Made Quarterly

Stated very simply on the first page of their magazine, Made Quarterly is a publication that documents the workings of the modern maker. Made is a collection of interviews with the brains behind well known companies, brands and products. A great publication if you’re looking to find out how the best modern day entrepreneurs have made it (pun intended) to where they are today.


Get your hands on Made Quarterly

Future Perfect

Run out of Sydney, Future Perfect is a magazine for the socially and culturally engaged. With an engaging writing style, great short form and long form writing pieces ranging from detailed analysis of Government military spending, to a thoughtful and funny look at why we’re all shit at probability, Future Perfect is so good it’ll help you stand a chance in a debate against a Liberal Arts student.


Get your hands on Future Perfect

Future Perfect on Instagram

Happy Readings :)

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Jacob Horne

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