Put Down the Phone and Bury Your Head in One of These

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of reading on my phone. And on my screen. By the end of the day, I just want to pick up something nice and have a good read … in print.


Seems the folks at Creative Review feel the same way. They’ve posted their latest edition of “Good Reads,” a roundup of nice things to read in print.

According to Creative Review’s Salonee Gadgil, “Courier is a magazine about modern business and startup culture, but the way it’s designed places it within the indie art magazine space.”

And that was entirely intentional, says publisher and co-found Jeff Taylor.

“We decided early on to ignore the regular media narrative that surrounds modern business with its obsession on teenage billionaires, tech superstars and the outdated tones of media properties like Dragon’s Den and The Apprentice. Instead, we sought to bring a progressive consumer design sensibility to business. We felt Courier should be able to sit alongside titles like Kinfolk and Suitcase rather than the more traditional technology and business titles on the newsstand.”

(Can you feel the tension unwinding already? It’s like we all can take a breath for a minute with this one.)

It’s not a new title – according to Gadgil it’s been in circulation as a free coffee shop magazine for five years – but it’s now moving to paid distribution. Grab a copy here.


More interested in the sporting life than the modern business scene? Glory might be for you. According to the UK magazine’s head of copy Louis Rossi, “We try to cut through all the negative aspects of the modern sport and explore what makes the beautiful game beautiful. And our single destination focuses with lots of travel and culture related content means we can have a broader appeal, too.”

The indie is available here.


Finally, the perfect antidote to a boring commuter train ride.

“Sketcheasy is a ‘guerilla’ newspaper created by a pair of twins, Abigail and Chloe Baldwin, who jointly run a design studio called Buttercrumble in Leeds,” Gadgil explains. The zine is distributed for free around the city, but with a twist. They are left in “secret” locations, making it a bit of a scavenger hunt to find them. And the limited edition numbering is a nice twist, too, adding to the collectability factor.

I’m constantly inspired by the creativity and passion of indie publishers, the ones who ignore public sentiment and put their hearts into their work. And when the work comes out in print, the results are incredible.