magCulture is a design studio, an online resource, a magazine shop and events producer. ‘We love magazines’ is our rallying cry; this reflects our belief that editorial design is an ever-developing discipline that continually adapts to new technologies and circumstances. Everything we do celebrates magazines while questioning what their future might be.


Our services:
•  The magCulture Studio
•  The magCulture Journal
•  The magCulture Shop
•  The magCulture Boxset
•  Bespoke business deliveries
•  Submit your magazine for sale
•  Pop-up shops
•  The magCulture Podcast
•  Group visits to magCulture
•  magCulture Events


The magCulture Studio
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
The magCulture Journal is an online 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, interview the people behind them, and share news of the industry.


The magCulture shop
Our shop opened in Clerkenwell, London in December 2015. The 400 square feet space celebrates the best magazines, with an ever-changing stock of over 500 titles from across the world. London deserves a shop dedicated to magazines, and the space has been designed to show them at their best. We encourage visitors to take their time browsing before buying. Read more on the New York Times and Eye sites.

The same selection is available for worldwide shipping through our online shop. We can deliver next day to many countries, and also locally within the hour by bike courier.

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

Bespoke business deliveries
We can also supply you/your business with a bespoke selection of publications. Magazines are inspirational for customers and staff alike, and we’re already supplying magazines on a regular basis to design studios, cafés and shared work spaces in the UK, US and Asia. Whatever your business, if you would like a regular delivery of magazines email us to find out more: shop@magCulture.com



We also collaborate on pop-up shops (above); recently we’ve worked with D&AD, The London Art Book Fair, PPA Scotland, Season Zine and Riposte.

Submit your magazine for sale/review
If you’d like us to review your magazine on the Journal and/or sell your magazine in our shop, post a copy of it to us at 270 St John Street, London EC1V 4PE in an envelope marked ‘Submission’, and email details to submission@magCulture.com


Our email newsletter
Every Friday the We Love Magazines newsletter updates you on everything magCulture. Subscribe here.


The magCulture Podcast
The Podcast is recorded at the shop once a month, with Jeremy talking with guests about the magazines and magazine people that have caught our attention. Listen via iTunes, Soundcloud or Spotify.


Group visits
We regularly host groups at the shop for an introduction to independent magazines by Jeremy Leslie, and a chance to browse our selection of magazines. As well as student groups from across the world we’ve welcomed business group and company teams. These take place at 10am (before the Shop opens to the public). Please email info@magCulture.com for details and availability.


magCulture events
We run the magCulture Live conference twice a year. This celebration of editorial creativity has taken place in London every November since 2013, and we added an annual New York edition in 2018. More details here.

We also run We Love…, a monthly series of themed talks at our London shop and an annual magazine-making masterclass, The Flatplan. More details here.

The shop space is available for hire for private events, launches and parties.

Upcoming events
Jeremy Leslie is available to speak at universities and conferences. Here’s a list of upcoming talks and events, with our own ones 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.

2020
— magCulture Live, London (5 November)*


Previous events

2020
— The Flatplan online masterclass (5 & 6 September, Zoom)*
— What Next for Magazines? (30 July, online)
— magCulture Live Online (29 May, Zoom)*
— We love sport: Mundial & Slowe (magCulture Shop, 20 February)*
— Magazine Inspiration Day (Amsterdam, 6 March)
— D&AD Design Nights, Design for Publications (22 January)
Transnational Periodical Cultures, Obama Institute, Mainz University (29 January)

2019
— magCulture Meets Architectural Review (24 January)*
— magCulture Meets Creative Review (28 February)*
— How to launch your own magazine, BSME (4 March)
— ‘We Love Magazines’, LCC London (5 March)
— magCulture Meets Tortoise (21 March)*
— The Flatplan 2, magazine masterclass (7 April)*
— ‘We Love Magazines’, ACT 9 conference, Oxford, Mississippi (25 April)
— magCulture Shop pop-up at D&AD Festival, London (21-23 May)
— ModMag New York (Wednesday 29 May)*
— magCulture Meets Migrant Journal (13 June)*
— magCulture Meets Racquet (4 July)*
— magCulture Quarter, London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery (5-8 September)
— Pop-up shop at MagFest, Edinburgh (20 September)
— magCulture Meets Nova: David Hillman and Caroline Baker (24 September)*
— Workshop, Politecnico di Milano, Milan (9 October)
— ‘We Love Magazines’, Design Thinking, Toronto (24 October)
— magCulture Live (Thursday 7 November)*
— magCulture Meets Good Trouble (28 November)*
— Christmas Cracker charity raffle (6 December, The Hoxton, Southwark)*

2018
— magCulture Meets: Fare (25 January)*
— magCulture Meets MacGuffin (1 March – cancelled due to bad weather)*
— Alberta Magazines Conference, Canada (9 March)
— We Love Magazines, Wynkyn de Worde Society, London (20 March)
— magCulture Meets: Flaneur (29 March)*
— The Flatplan masterclass (14 April, London)*
— magCulture meets The Plant (19 April, tickets on sale 5 April)*
— magCulture Shop pop-up at D&AD Festival, London (24-26 April)
— ModMag NY Edition (30 May, New York)*
— University of Delaware, London visit (18 June)*
— magCulture Meets: NXS (14 July)*
— magCulture Meets: The Modernist (5 July)*
— magCulture Shop pop-up at Riposte Alldayer, London (29 July)
— magCulture Quarter magazine market at London Art Book Fair (6—9 September)
— 10×6 Creative Industries, Luxembourg (12 September)
— magCulture Meets: The Gourmand (19 September)*
— What can we learn from the indies? MagFest, Edinburgh (21 September)
— magCulture Meets: Eye (4 October)*
— ModMag London 2018 (1 November)*
— We Love Magazines, Leeds Beckett Univeristy, Leeds (5 December)
— Christmas Cracker charity raffle night (13 December)*

2017
— 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)*

2016
— 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)*

2015
— 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*

2014

— 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* 

2013
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*

2012
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

2011
Act Two, Mississippi
Walker Arts Centre, Minneapolis
Bath Spa University, Bath
EDO interview with Fantastic Man, London

2010
APA Summit, London
BPMO, Barcelona

2009
— Curator, Colophon, Luxembourg*
— Het Salon, Ghent
ComodaMente, Vittorio Veneto
Atheneuam, Amsterdam
— New Media, Cape Town

2008
8 Festival, Vienna
Creative Connexions, Hong Kong
State of the Art, London

2007
— Curator, Colophon2007, Luxembourg*
Customer Media Congress, Amsterdam

2005
CMYK, Barcelona


The magCulture team
Creative director Jeremy Leslie has 30 years experience of magazine making. He has art directed monthlies (Blitz), weeklies (Time Out) and spent the noughties developing award-winning magazines for clients including BSkyB, Nike, Virgin Atlantic and Waitrose at John Brown Publishing. He has written four books about editorial design, most recently ‘Independence’, regularly contributes to the creative press and lectures internationally, and continues to consult and design for various international clients.

He launched magCulture as a blog in 2006, adding the design studio in 2009 and shop in 2015. As well as his own London practice he is creative director at Maison Moderne in Luxembourg, is an awarded member of D&AD and an elected member of AGI.  In 2018 was awarded the Mark Boxer Award by the British Society of Magazine Editors, given for services to the magazine industry. His current favourite magazines are The New Yorker, MacGuffin and Eye on Design.

Events producer Stephanie Hartman has been working at magCulture since the very first ModMag conference back in 2013. As well as overseeing the annual conference she produces our monthly magCulture Meets talks series, and special projects. Beyond the world of magCulture, Steph is the founder of Collage Club, a workshops series celebrating the art of cutting and sticking, taking her scissors and glue across London and the UK. She’s a big fan of Apartamento, The World of Interiors, Rubbish Famzine and the The Plant.

Shop manager Danielle Mustarde (@wordsbydanielle) is the newest member of the team here at magCulture, having joined in the middle of summer 2020 (just as lockdown measures were eased here in the UK). Having come straight out of a senior staff role at longstanding queer womxn’s magazine, Diva, Danielle has first-hand experience of what goes on behind-the-scenes at a monthly magazine, as well as an (extremely overpriced) MA in Magazine Journalism – both of which she’s more than happy to gab about. Now a “freelance writer on the side”, Danielle sought out magCulture as the space in which to grow her knowledge of and love for both magazines themselves and the global communities create. Some magazines she’s taken home with her recently include Skateism, Delayed Gratification and Benji Knewman. She also loves the art direction over at Pit magazine (The Sausage Special, to be specific) but, as a vegetarian, feels some pretty significant inner conflict.