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    What would you like to read?


    So it looks like there will be a new futurist-oriented magazine in the making. I have gotten together with two good friends (also designers and aspiring thinkers) and we are currently getting everything sorted out.

    It is still in the early stages, but here are some of the basics:

    • Not-for-profit—for fun and experience! (eventually we would love to pay contributors and ourselves for the time we put in, but for the time being we would rather charge the readers as little as possible).

    • Free (hopefully, if not, as cheap as possible without an over-abundance of advertising);

    • Strong online presence with 2–4 printed issues a year;

    • As sustainable as humanly possible;

    • As global as we can make it;

    • Dedicated to new advances and experimentations in every aspect of our culture;

    • Ever-evolving dependent on content and context;



    There's not much else specific I can say as the ideas are still being formed, but I should have a more solid direction to present within the next couple of weeks. I already have a lot of things in mind when it comes to content (not a small amount coming from SpaceCollective participants, should they be willing) and we will be making some calls for entries once we get to that point.

    For now though, I really want to know:

  • What would you like to see in a magazine?

  • What would make you pick it up, save it, and keep your eye out for the next issue?

  • There seems to be a lot of magazines these days, and while I love a magazine, there are few that interest me enough to actually want to buy. What would set a new magazine apart in your eyes from the rest of the drivel currently out there?

  • Which—if any—magazines do you currently appreciate, and why?

  • Would you possibly be willing to contribute your talent (writing, art, design, music, etc) on a one-time or ongoing basis to such a publication? Without monetary compensation? (The aim of course would be to pay contributors what they deserve, but unless somebody throws down a pile of cash somewhere, we've got to start modestly)



  • Your input is valued above any other and ideally this publication should appeal to you, so any input you can give us before we get much further in the process will really help us in the long-run.

    Thanks everyone!

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    Wildcat     Thu, Sep 25, 2008  Permanent link
    What would you like to see in a magazine?

    Well, for starters, it needs address an intelligent audience, sophisticated yet simple in its approach, a no-nonsense approach to the incredible amount of information available concerning the future of humanity, it needs be both concise and aesthetically pleasing with a wide variety of POV’s, both presenting and criticizing, visions, insights and knowledge in a multivalent manner.
    Second, I would love to see a mag that thinks independently and does not rehash old views and concepts; freshness would be my main desire.

    What would make you pick it up, save it, and keep your eye out for the next issue?

    Fresh views, novel ideas, out of the box presentation, interesting ideas that do not commonly appear in other mags.

    There seems to be a lot of magazines these days, and while I love a magazine, there are few that interest me enough to actually want to buy. What would set a new magazine apart in your eyes from the rest of the drivel currently out there?

    its potential to show/present/promote unseen/unspoken/unknown aspects of our existence and motion into the future

    Which—if any—magazines do you currently appreciate, and why?

    Seed mag, wired mag, SciAm mind
    (see the reasons above)

    Would you possibly be willing to contribute your talent (writing, art, design, music, etc) on a one-time or ongoing basis to such a publication? Without monetary compensation? (The aim of course would be to pay contributors what they deserve, but unless somebody throws down a pile of cash somewhere, we've got to start modestly)

    yes
    , one time or on-going, depending on the content and interest

    *on a side note, indeed as you have said there are many mags out there, "futurist oriented" is maybe a too broad description , maybe if you could refine the description of the intent and potential audience you aim to address.
    thanks for the proposition

    sjef     Fri, Sep 26, 2008  Permanent link
    What would you like to see in a magazine?
    - Writing that aims to intelligently explore subject matter, not just skim it for some lowest common denominator demographic.
    - A sense of humor.
    - Coupons.
    - A distinct lack of bad design.

    What would make you pick it up, save it, and keep your eye out for the next issue?
    - Pick it up > The cover.
    - Save it > The content.

    What would set a new magazine apart in your eyes from the rest of the drivel currently out there?
    - See answer to q1.

    Which—if any—magazines do you currently appreciate, and why?
    Anything with design work worth keeping or content worth reading.
    That said, I hardly ever buy magazines.

    Would you possibly be willing to contribute your talent (writing, art, design, music, etc) on a one-time or ongoing basis to such a publication?
    Sure.

    Without monetary compensation?
    Depends. (on you know, stuff.)
     
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