‘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.

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.

Journal
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’s edited by Jeremy Leslie with contributions from Anya Lawrence, Sarah Roberts and Hope Brotherton.

Shop
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 450 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.

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.

Or we can supply you with a bespoke selection of publications. Magazines are inspirational for customers and staff teams 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; recently we’ve worked with the London Art Book Fair, PPA Scotland, and Riposte. We’ve also teamed up 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, we need to see it. Post us a sample copy, envelope marked ‘Submission’, and email details to submission@magCulture.com

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’, and regularly contributes to the creative press and lectures internationally.

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 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 Jamie Atherton has been helping take care of the shop since it opened. In life beyond magCulture, he’s an artist whose work — not entirely uncoincidentally he admits — has recently focused on a publishing project of his own: Failed States, ‘a journal of indeterminate geographies’. Jamie is forced to resist temptation on a daily basis, but the titles he buys without fail are The World of Interiors, The Architectural Review and California Sunday Magazine. He’s also a sucker for a surf mag.

After a short stint helping Jamie in the shop, Hope Brotherton became a regular contributor to the journal and can often be found collating the At Work With and Issues posts. A recent graduate from MA Magazine Journalism at Cardiff University she has thrown herself headfirst into the world of magazines and is most at home at events that celebrate the culture, ethos and longevity that printed matter has achieved. In the evenings she will often be found running around her local park or working on other creative projects driven by the inspiration that she sees in her favourite magazines: Riposte, The Happy Reader, Lonely Planet Traveller and The Gentlewoman.

Thea Smith is co-founder and co-editor in chief of Salt magazine. She studied Critical Writing in Art and Design at the RCA, was deputy director of Deptford X, and organised a festival celebrating the 200th anniversary of the bicycle for London Cycling Campaign in 2018. She fell in love with cycling a year ago and spends evenings and weekends training and racing with Velociposse Cycling Cub. Now she teaches adults and children to cycle, alongside working part-time at the magCulture Shop, and writing her first novel and for the occasional magazine. Fave mags: Cabinet, No Man’s Land, Like the Wind.

Conferences and events
Our ModMag London conference has taken place in London every autumn since 2013, and we added a spring New York edition from 2018. We also run magCulture Meets, a monthly series of informal talks at our London shop featuring magazine makers. the shop space is also available for hire for private events.

Group visits
We welcome student groups to the Shop for 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 talks and 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.

2019
— magCulture Meets: Gym Class (17 January)*
— ModMag New York (May, date tbc)*
— ModMag London 2019 (7 November)*

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