‘We love magazines’ is our rallying cry; it reflects our belief that editorial design is an ever-developing discipline that continually adapts to new technologies and circumstances. The work of our design studio reflects this too: from blurring the line between books and magazines to adapting long form essays to the screen, we enjoy testing our design principles.

Our small London team works with clients across the world. We offer editorial-orientated design across print and digital, ranging from hands-on development to broader strategic thinking and creative direction. We are excited by the possibilities of combining print and digital – check the Studio section of this site for more details.

The magCulture Journal is a resource for everyone interested in editorial design. It concentrates on the contemporary, with forays into history and a firm eye on the future. Daily posts review the best magazines and give general industry updates. It is edited by Jeremy Leslie with regular contributions from others.


The magCulture shop opened in Clerkenwell, London in December 2015. The 400 square feet space celebrates the best magazines, with an ever-changing stock of over 400 titles from across the world. London deserves a shop dedicated to magazines, and it’s been designed to encourage visitors to take their time browsing before buying. Read more on the Creative Review, New York Times and Eye sites.

The same selection is available for worldwide shipping through our online shop. We can also deliver locally within the hour by bike courier.

If you love magazines but want us to help you choose, subscribe to our quarterly Boxset. Every quarter a box conatining five magazines carefully selected to represent the best of independent magazines will arrive at your home or office. Find out more.

Or we can supply you with a bespoke selection of publications – we supply magazines on a regular basis to design studios, cafés, shared work spaces and other organisations in the UK, US and Asia. If your studio, office or shop would like a regular delivery of magazines email us: shop@magCulture.com

We also collaborate on pop-up magazine shops; recently we’ve worked with AIGA in Las Vegas, PPA Scotland, and Riposte in London. We also work with Shed to provide a selection of photography-orientated magazines at their Haggerston shop.

Will we stock your magazine?
If you’d like us to sell your magazine in our Shop, email details about it to: submission@magCulture.com, and post a sample copy to the shop address, envelope marked ‘Submission’.

Creative director Jeremy Leslie has 30 years experience of magazine making. He has art directed weeklies and monthlies and spent the noughties developing magazines for clients as diverse as BSkyB, Nike, Virgin Atlantic and Waitrose. He has written four books about editorial design, most recently ‘Independence’, and regularly contributes to the creative press and lectures internationally. He launched magCulture as a blog in 2006, adding the design studio in 2010. As well as his own London practice he is creative director for Maison Moderne in Luxembourg, is an awarded member of D&AD and an elected member of AGI. His favourite magazines are The New Yorker, MacGuffin and mono.kultur.

Conferences and events
As well as organising the annual ModMag conference, we run magCulture Meets, a monthly series of informal talks at our London shop featuring magazine makers.

We also arrange group visits to the Shop, with a brief introduction to contemporary magazines by Jeremy Leslie and a chance to browse our selection. These should be arranged via the university or organisation; email info@magCulture.com

Jeremy Leslie is available to speak at universities and conferences. Here’s a list of recent events, with our own events noted with an asterix* — keep an eye on the Events section of this site for details of these. All take place in London unless stated.

Upcoming events:
— magCulture Meets: MacGuffin (1 March, tickets available from 15 February)*
— magCulture Meets: Flaneur (29 March, tickets available from 15 March)*
— Alberta Magazines Conference, Canada (9 March)

— magCulture Meets: Fare (25 January)*

— Middlesex University ‘I Am a Magazine’ (9 January)
— We Love Magazines, UAL Chelsea (17 January)
— magCulture Meets: One of My Kind (2 February)*
— Impact: The Design of Design Magazines, St Bride (16 February)
— magCulture Meets: Beauty Papers (23 March)*
— We Love Magazines, Norwich University (20 March)
— magCulture Meets: Real Review (06 April)*
— citizenM x magCulture: Travel Magazines (12 April)*
— magCulture Meets: Rubbish Famzine (20 April)*
— SPD x magCulture: The State of Independence, New York (15 May)*
— citizenM x magCulture: Literary Magazines (17 May)*
— magCulture Meets: Riposte (18 May)*
— University of Delaware, London visit (22 June)*
— magCulture Meets: Racquet (5 July)*
— citizenM x magCulture: Food Magazines (26 July)*
— We Love Magazines, New York University summer school, via Skype (1 August)
— Indiecon 2017, Hamburg: Jeremy Leslie interviews the Migrant Journal Team (26 August)
— citizenM x magCulture: Sport magazines (30 August)*
— magCulture Meets Elephant (5 October)*
— Monocle Swiss launch, Zurich (12 October)
— Torino Graphic Days, Turin (15 October)
— The Modern Magazine 2017, London (2 November)*
— The Story of The Face, London (16 November)*
— magCulture Meets ZEITmagazin (23 November)*
— We Love Magazines, Design Dinner, London (28 November)
— We Love Magazines, Pentagram London (5 December)
— magCulture Meets: Shelf Journal (7 December)*

— magCulture Meets: MacGuffin*
Frieze Academy: How to Publish an Independent Magazine
— Printout: New Women’s Magazines*
— The Art of Publishing, Rapha, London
— magCulture Meets: The Idler*
MGZN, Milan, 19 February
U-Symposium, Singapore, 12-13 March*
— magCulture meets: Mushpit*
— Printout: 90s to Now*
Frieze Academy: How to Publish an Independent Magazine (12 April)
— magCulture meets: Eye (14 April)*
— magCulture meets: Benji Knewman (28 April)*
— magCulture meets: Francesco Franchi & Christian Rocca, IL Magazine (12 May)*
— University of Delaware, London visit (9 June)*
— PPA Festival, London (21 May)

— Printout: Editors’ Special (24 May)*
— magCulture Meets Fiera (25 May)*
Frieze Academy: How to Publish an Independent Magazine (31 May)
Frieze Academy: How to Publish an Independent Magazine (4 July)
— Printout: Cover stories (26 July)*
— magCulture Meets: Mondial (30 July)*
— magCulture Meets: The White Review (11 August)*
— magCulture Meets: Angharad Lewis, ‘So You Want to Publish a Magazine? (14 September)*
— Printout: Finding the Future (27 September)*
— magCulture Meets: The Gourmand (7 October)*
— City University journalism school (18 October)
— The Modern Magazine 2016 (27 October)*
— magCulture Meets: Put A Egg On It (10 November)*
— Oxford Brookes University journalism school (21 November)
— BBC Radio4, Four Thought, ‘Magazine Renaissance’ (30 November, listen here)
— magCulture Meets: Intern (1 December)*
— magCulture Workshop: Mushpit Christmas cards (10 December)*
— magCulture Meets Unit Editions (14 December)*

— Printout: Best indies of 2014, London*
— Westminster University, London
— Printout: Relaunch, London*
— Co-curator and speaker, QVED2015, Munich
— Co-curator and speaker, U Symposium, Singapore
— Printout: Print special, London*
Victoria & Albert Museum Late, London
— magCulture live at Pick Me Up, London*
— Raw Print, Nottingham
— Printout: Illustration*
— Printout: Books about Magazines*
— Typographic Circle 80s night, London
— Indiecon2015, Hamburg
— The Modern Magazine 20i5, London*
— YCN Two’s Company, London
— Central St Martins, London
— AIGA What Makes a Great Magazine Today?, New York*


— Printout: Change the World, London*
— Senefelder conference, Arnhem
— Co-curator and speaker, QVED2014, Munich*
— University of Delaware, London visit
— Guardian Masterclass, London
— University of West England, Bristol
— Printout: Fashion, London*

— Vitsoe Reading Room, London Design Festival*
— The Modern Magazine 2014, London*
— SNDe, Madrid
— Protein Publishing Panel, London
— Printout: Longevity, London* 

London College of Communication
University of Delaware, London visit
Get Creative, Bristol
What Design Can Do, Amsterdam
Guardian Master Class, London
Magazines Ireland, Dublin
— Co-curator and speaker, QVED2015, Munich*
River Publishing, London
Printout: Sound and Vision, London*
Blue Rubicon, London
— The Modern Magazine 2013, London*
Modern Magazine presentation, Berlin
Modern Magazine presentation, Amsterdam
— Co-curator and speaker, AGI Open, London*

Facing Pages, Arnhem
— PPA Magfest, Edinburgh
Printout – History, London*
Cover Day, Utrecht
Printout Audience Awards, London*
EDO interview with Port, London
Bobs Books, London
Making Magazines, London

Act Two, Mississippi
Walker Arts Centre, Minneapolis
Bath Spa University, Bath
EDO interview with Fantastic Man, London

APA Summit, London
BPMO, Barcelona

— Curator, Colophon, Luxembourg*
— Het Salon, Ghent
ComodaMente, Vittorio Veneto
Atheneuam, Amsterdam
— New Media, Cape Town

8 Festival, Vienna
Creative Connexions, Hong Kong
State of the Art, London

— Curator, Colophon2007, Luxembourg*
Customer Media Congress, Amsterdam

CMYK, Barcelona