Mag Heroes

A fortnightly podcast featuring the world's magazine makers.

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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.