ZINE: ISSUE 30

This week's ZINE takeover comes courtesy of our Junior Creative Amy Wooding, with the design magazines and podcasts giving her all the feels this month.

Over to you Amy.

"I’m constantly looking out for inspiration to feed my creativity, from looking around the Northern Quarter for new design magazines to listening to podcasts on my commute home.

Here are some things I've been reading and listening to lately".

Design Giving

Design Giving is a new magazine celebrating well-crafted products which inspires creativity, improves lives and is kinder to the planet.

Photo source: Design Giving

Photo source: Design Giving

The name Design Giving came from the compression of the phrase ‘where design thinking becomes thoughtful giving’; a conceptual definition by founder Laura Jane Boast.

“I want to celebrate independent designers and makers who design high-quality products that are the antithesis of throwaway, that carefully design to create less waste, support their local charities, and use materials with lower environmental impact.”

Photo source: Design Giving
Photo source: Design Giving
Photo source: Design Living
Photo source: Design Living

I love the idea of creating work that has a meaningful and positive impact. Reading the interviews with designers and makers gives a real insight in to how I can bring thoughtful design into my everyday creative role.

Discovering small independent businesses is always great when reading magazines such as this one.

For example, Form Lifestyle Store; is an independent boutique in Manchester who sell carefully selected hand-crafted products with a focus on design, function, and simplicity.

Printed Pages

Published by It’s Nice That, the biannual magazine is a curated view of the creative world from the past six months.

Image source: Company of Parrots
Image source: Company of Parrots

The latest issue’s theme is ‘using creativity as a voice, a platform for discovery, innovation, unity and change’.

The magazine features plenty of inspiring creatives - from stage designer Es Devlin, graphic designers Sagmeister & Walsh, New Yorker cartoonist Joost Swarte and street photographer Joel Meyerowitz.

I feel it’s important to look for inspiration away from the screen sometimes.

Reading Printed Pages provides insight from a varied range of creative disciplines, through its detailed interviews and examples of innovative and wonderful design.

Image source: Company of Parrots

Image source: Company of Parrots

99% Invisible

Hosted and created by Roman Mars, 99% Invisible is a weekly podcast about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about; the unnoticed architecture and designs that shape our world.

Photo source: 99% Invisible
Photo source: 99% Invisible

In each episode, a single topic or specific example of design is discussed with interviews from designers, experts, or people who have been influenced by the design.

What I love is that it makes you think about the things you see every day, but don't necessarily think about.

Pocket’s for example — the podcast brings up an interesting point of discussion as to why women's clothing is usually designed with fake pockets that don’t open, or shallow pockets that can hardly hold anything.

Photo source: 99% Invisible
Photo source: 99% Invisible

If women’s clothes have pockets at all, they are often smaller and fit less than men’s pockets do.

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