Mag Heroes

Chats with people who make and love magazines.

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Kai Brach

Editor, Offscreen

Episode 19
27th July, 2017

Kai is the Editor of Offscreen, a magazine that looks at the human side of technology. We talk about the magazine's custom subscription and ordering system, problems Kai had with the magazine's new binding method, and Heftwerk, a Berlin-based collective of companies Kai helped set up to make producing a magazine a lot easier.


Sam Bradley & Bethany Thompson

Sam Bradley & Bethany Thompson

Co-editors, Counterpoint

Episode 18
18th July, 2017

Sam and Bethany are the editors of Counterpoint, a magazine full of illustrations and writing on a different theme each issue. We had a nice chat about Counterpoint's hand-bound and risograph production processes, moving from online to a very specific print product, and their upcoming issue about food.

Christi Barnes

Christi Barnes

Managing editor, Woven

Episode 17
6th July, 2017

Christi is the managing editor of Woven, a Seattle-based magazine that interviews artists, creatives and entrepreneurs. We talked about the magazine's journey from a digital platform to a printed publication, personally interviewing for each feature, and a potential to grow the team for future issues.

Wendy Huynh

Wendy Huynh

Editor, Arcades

Episode 16
30th June, 2017

Wendy is the editor of Arcades, a magazine which buries itself in a city's suburbs for each issue. In our chat we talked about the magazine's origins as a student project, how the cities she features affect each issue and the magazine's raw design style.

Lucy Chesters

Lucy Chesters

Editor, Ethos

Episode 15
23rd June, 2017

Lucy is the editor of Ethos, a magazine reporting on ethical and progressive businesses and business people. We chat about Ethos' crowdfunding campaign from last year, their collaborative publishing projects, and the balance between their print and digital efforts.

Matthew Porter

Matthew Porter

Editor, DOG

Episode 14
14th June, 2017

Matthew is an editor of DOG, a "modern lifestyle magazine exploring the presence and influence of dogs and their owners in society.” It was great to hear from Matt about the magazine’s origins, how they go about selecting a different breed for each issue, and the ways they report on life with dogs.

Johnny Crisp

Johnny Crisp

Deputy editor and translator, Perdiz

Episode 13
9th June, 2017

Johnny is Deputy editor and Translator at Barcelona-based Perdiz, a magazine "about people and the things that make them happy." We talk about some of the interesting stories unearthed for issue 8, how the team go about sourcing their content, and the multilingual aspect of the magazine.

Sean Dagan Wood

Sean Dagan Wood

Editor-in-chief, Positive News

Episode 12
1st June, 2017

Sean is the Editor-in-chief of Positive News, a publication focused on good journalism about the good things that are happening. We chat about the magazine's history, starting as newsprint in 1993, and its smart, ethical and positive publishing outlook.

Lene Haugerud

Lene Haugerud

Editor, Brygg

Episode 11
3rd February, 2017

Lene is the editor of Brygg, a magazine about "conversation and coffee." We discuss Brygg's past as a Norwegian-language coffee magazine, it's change to an English-language cultural title, and what's coming up in the next issue.

Steven Watson

Steven Watson

Founder, Stack Magazines

Episode 10
23rd January, 2017

Steve is the founder of Stack Magazines, a magazine subscription service that sends you a different independent magazine every month. Steve is slowly building a magazine-focused empire; in this episode we touch on a few of his latest projects, the Stack Awards and the Stack podcast.

Elliot and Samantha Stocks

Elliot and Samantha Stocks

Co-editors, Lagom

Episode 9
30th March, 2015

Elliot and Samantha Stocks are the husband and wife team behind Lagom, a new magazine which looks at creativity, and the balance between work and play. In the episode, they talk through the new issue (released last week), how they manage publishing the magazine in their spare time, selecting photos for their covers, and we discussed their interesting use of partnerships and adverts to support the magazine's growth.

Gail Bichler

Gail Bichler

Design Director, The New York Times Magazine

Episode 8
14th March, 2015

Gail Bichler has the envious job of Design Director at The New York Times Magazine, a publication setting trends in cover design, read by millions each week, and with a big relaunch just a few weeks ago. Gail explains how the magazine gets put together each week, her rise through the ranks at the magazine, and reveals her favourite NYTMag covers.

Rosa Park

Rosa Park

Editor, Cereal

Episode 7
2nd March, 2015

Rosa Park is the Editor of “travel and style” magazine, Cereal, which is on the cusp of a relaunch, with a new design and a slight change in content scope. Rosa talks about starting a magazine with little experience in the industry, the balance of how much to share of new issues on Instagram and travelling around the world scoping features with Creative Director, Rich Stapleton.

Ryan Essmaker

Ryan Essmaker

Design Director and Co-Editor, The Great Discontent

Episode 6
12th February, 2015

Ryan Essmaker is half of the husband-wife team that started The Great Discontent as an online interview series in 2011. Launching a print edition in spring 2014, TGD has recently gone quarterly. I talked with Ryan about TGD's beginnings, current growth and the possibilites print brings to the previously web-only brand.

Kai Brach

Kai Brach

Editor, Offscreen

Episode 5
19th January, 2015

Kai Brach is the man behind Offscreen, a magazine about people who work on the web and with apps. We talk about Kai's transition from web designer to independent magazine publisher and discuss the importance of social media in today's publishing landscape.

Alec Dudson

Alec Dudson

Editor, Intern

Episode 4
12th February, 2014

Alec is Editor of Intern, a new magazine highlighting work by interns and sparking the debate about intern culture. We discuss the genesis of his publication, his work as an intern for other independent mags, and how Kickstarter has become a good way to launch a new title.

Philip Diprose

Philip Diprose

Editor, The Ride Journal

Episode 3
16th January, 2014

Philip is the Editor of The Ride Journal, an illustration-filled, storytelling biking magazine from the UK. We discuss Philip's passion for biking (and his bike collection) and how this fuelled the creation of this beautiful magazine, now on its 8th issue (released tomorrow).

Ibrahim Nehme

Ibrahim Nehme

Editor-in-Chief, The Outpost

Episode 2
15th December, 2013

Ibrahim is the Editor-in-Chief of The Outpost, a Beirut-based “magazine of possibilities.” We discuss The Outpost's origins in a region of flux and the current publishing climate in the Middle East.

Luke Tonge

Luke Tonge

Art Director, Boat Magazine

Episode 1
25th November, 2013

Luke is the Art Director of Boat Magazine, a magazine that travels to, and reports from, a different city each issue. We talk about how Luke got into design, what he does in his day job and how he manages to balance that with his work on a nomadic magazine.

An Introduction

An Introduction

With Dan Rowden

Episode 0
22nd November, 2013

This first episode introduces Mag Heroes and lays out my thoughts behind starting this show.