Magazines As Part Of The Creative Process


It’s one of those incredibly boring and inane things to hear; that “print is dead” and we’re all just a short step away from living increasingly digitally-dependant lives. Of course, in reality it’s clear the qualities of the two formats of print & digital intersect, but thankfully as technology progresses; quality printed magazines as physical & pertinent objects will always maintain their relevance.

Today, ink on paper offers a much needed respite from our digitally-led working lives. The act of taking time away from our screens and recessing to a different mental-space is precious in the creative process. At best, magazines can steer us into subject matters we are not initially familiar with, but find deeply engrossing and eye-opening – something not to be underestimated in the creative process. It’s been said before that you are “creative” because of an inherent interest in the environment, people and interactions around us, and magazines potentially serve as a powerful medium to open our world to those new stories. We take a look at three magazines current on our desks, waiting to be picked up when much needed break is required.


Works That Work

Works That Work Magazine
Photo credit: Works That Work

Works That Work is a new magazine which approaches creativity on a broad spectrum, taking a look a a diverse range of eye-opening stories from around the globe. The first issue features a report on Mumbai’s dabbawallas, the work of Hans Monderman who believes removing traffic regulations improves safety, and an interview the highly-regarded Linda Asher (former fiction editor at The New Yorker) who talks about her work and the field of translation, plus much more.

What’s also been a talking point about Works That Work is it’s new distribution system, where readers are invited to become partners in the magazine. Read this interview with the founder, Peter Bil’ak, on Stack’s blog to find out more.


Flamingo Magazine

Flamingo Magazine
Photo Credit: Flamingo Magazine

Now onto issue no.4, Flamingo celebrates illustration and the “doing-it-yourself” ideology. The great thing about Flamingo that makes it a great desk companion is that the majority of content is short-form articles, making it really easy to digest when a ten minute break is much needed, whilst still being fun and engaging. The current issue looks into the lives of various workers, from a tattoo artist, a butcher and even the CEO of Europe’s first cryonics institute, all set amongst beautiful illustrations.


Offscreen Magazine

Offscreen magazine
Photo credit: Harald Völkl

The aptly-named Offscreen magazine was created for individuals working in digital industries, where it’s all too easy to get stuck staring behind a wall of pixels for extended periods of time.

In the words of its creator, Kai Brach, Offscreen is:

“a physical product that can be touched, collected, and read anywhere, we believe, is a logical way to present this type of content. Reading it offline, in a distraction-free environment, allows us to step away from the digital context and reflect on our industry from a more perennial angle.”

Offscreen manages to capture the appeal of printed magazines really well, and in a short space of time has established itself as a quality, well-thought out publication which is held is high regard for many creative workers, include ourselves.