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magCulture Live 2020

magCulture Live 2020

magCulture Live is back! Join us this November for a double session of inspiration from some of the best magazine makers working today. See below for the full list of 14 speakers.

Wednesday 18 & Thursday 19 November, 4–7pm GMT
(all sessions will be recorded and made available afterwards to ticket holders).

Book your ticket now via Eventbrite

Our annual conference shifts online for a special two-day celebration of magazines. As we make this move online, we’ve split the event into two Zoom sessions. Each one has its own theme, and the overall mood will be one of celebration. The two sessions take place on consecutive afternoons and tickets can be booked for either one or both sessions.

It’s been a tough year – join us to be reminded of the creative power of great magazines. Our speakers will share inspiration across writing, design, illustration, typography and photography.

Wednesday 18 November
The first session has ‘Activism’ as its central theme, highlighting the power of magazines as platforms for change from both historical and contemporary standpoints.


Alice Grandoit, co-founder, Deem Journal (Los Angeles)

Steven Heller, critic and author (New York)
Setting the scene for the day’s theme Activism, Steven will present a personal overview of the history of activist publishing, from the early 20th century to today.

Karl Henkell, founder, Record Culture (Madrid)
Karl will reflect on how his magazine celebrates the international and local activism expressed through music and DJ culture.

Sachini Imbuldeniya, founder, StudioPi (London)
Sachini will be talking to Jeremy Leslie about the lack of diversity in the creative industry, and how the launch of her new illustration and photography agency Studio Pi seeks to change that.

Maya Moumne, co-founder, Journal Safar (Beirut)
Maya will discuss publishing in the Middle East, and how Journal Safar uses design history and cultural production as forms of

Rick Poynor, critic and author, David King: Designer, Activist, Visual Historian’ (London)
Rick will be examining David King’s graphic design legacy through his stunning
cover designs for eighties London listings magazine City Limits.

Terri White, editor-in-chief, Empire (London)
Despite the film industry being frozen by the pandemic, Terri has grown her movie magazine’s subscription base by campaigning on behalf of the broader movie industry, in the process redefining her magazine. She’ll share the creative response and other learnings from recent months.

Thursday 19 November
The second session is based around the theme ‘Analogue’, reminding us that there’s more to magazine-making than computers. How can editors and art directors maintain a human touch?


Theseus Chan, creative director, Werk (Singapore)
Werk tests the magazine format and process to its extremes; Theseus will share highlights from its first 20 years before sharing his thoughts on where it might go next.

Sarah de Mavaleix, Sofia Nebiolo and Haydée Touitou, The Skirt Chronicles (Paris)

Oliver Munday, creative director, The Atlantic (New York)
The recent redesign of The Atlantic was the year’s biggest editorial reinvention. Oliver will share the research behind it, before sharing the first issue and subsequent editions.

Rose Nordin, co-founder and graphic designer, OOMK & Rabbits Road Press (London)
Rabbits Road Press run open zine workshops for non-publishers. Rose will share work and experience from their London studio and recent residency in Portland, Oregan.

Chloe Scheffe, art director, Here (New York)
Chloe will show pages from travel magazine Here, with a focus on the playful analogue processes she uses to create type.

Jack Self, editor-in-chief, Real Review (London)
Each issue of Real Review announces its theme with a vivid human face drawn by artist Nishant Choksi. Jack will introduce the faces from the first ten issues of his magazine.

Kurt Woerpel, art director, Interview (New York)
Alongside the reinvention of Interview, Kurt contributes to Civilization and runs zine publisher TXTbooks. He’ll be joining the dots between these three distinct projects.

Book via the link below and join us on Zoom on 18 & 19 November at 4pm BST

Book your ticket now via Eventbrite

Ticket prices are £60 per session or £90 for both
(£45 and £60 for students)

These include all Eventbrite fees and taxes, there are no extras to be added.

All speakers are confirmed but in the current circumstances changes are possible.

With huge thanks to our partners for their support:

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