• Why Design Matters to Debbie Millman

    Meet Debbie Millman, founder, and a host of the radio show Design Matters on Design Observer, the world’s first podcast about design and creative culture. With more than 30 years of experience working within the world of design, Debbie can also add writer, educator, artist and brand consultant to her impressive resume. We sat down for a talk about why design matters, her great passion for brands, storytelling, and New York City, how social media have affected the visual culture in the United States and the rapid development of independent publishing.

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  • Pioneer Press – Bilingual Children´s Books

    Meet Arina Stoenescu, a graphic designer and owner of Pionier Press, which is a micro publishing house from Stockholm, Sweden. A random meeting at the London Art Book Fair earlier this year, led to an interview in Malmö, Sweden. We sat down for a talk with Arina about bilingual children´s books and their importance in a multi-cultural society, the development of independent publishing from 1991 till today and the growing Scandinavian network of small independent publishers, Publishing as (Part-Time) Practice.

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  • Coffee Table Mags

    Meet Thorsten Keller, the owner of Coffee Table Mags, which is an online magazine shop in Hamburg, Germany. We sat down for a talk with Thorsten about his huge passion for independent magazines and coffee, and the process of how to find new engaging publications for the shop and the importance of using social media to create and market a business.

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  • Soda Books

    Meet Store Manager Isabell Hummel and Sebastian Steinacker, the founder of the well-known bookshop Soda, which is located in Munich, Germany. Since 2004, Soda has offered “Curious publications for curious people”, and in January 2015, Soda began a new adventure, opening their second shop in the vibrant city of Berlin. We sat down for a talk with Isabell and Sebastian about being the first of its kind, not only in Munich, but in Germany; how Soda has evolved over the years, the process of finding new publications, and this year’s thriving success of small independent publications.

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  • Top 5 Favourite Bookshops from Berlin

    Berlin is one of my favourite cities to visit, either for a small getaway or finding new inspiration for work. Its wide streets with massive trees adorning the sidewalks characterize the city, alongside its impressive architecture, strong urban and design culture and literary scene that embraces multiple languages, colours, genres and shapes. I´m not quite sure if it is possible to create a complete list of all the Bookshops in Berlin, so instead I will share my Top 5 Favourites, which all have an inspiring selection of independent books and magazines from around the world.

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  • About a Book and its Cover

    Meet Mina Bach, a very talented and well-known freelance Book Designer living in London. Her style of work is based on a keen interest in typography and lettering, carrying a bit of the warmth of the Mediterranean as she is originally from Barcelona. She began her career in publishing at the age of eight as a self-published author, making series of comic books, and today she is working with some of the best within the world of traditional and independent publishing. We sat down for a talk with Mina about her journey to become a successful freelance Book Designer, what makes a good cover, and five tips on things one should consider when briefing a Book Designer.

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  • From Travel Blog to Publication

    Meet Brenna Holeman, the woman behind the inspiring travel blog This Battered Suitcase. She is originally from Canada and has visited nearly 90 countries, but is now living in London and realizing her other dream of becoming a writer. We sat down for a talk with Brenna about her first book, which consists of 20 different letters based on people who have either influenced or inspired her travels. Her passion for writing and what it takes to get started with blogging, and the importance of building a strong community and engaging an audience.

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  • Influx Press

    Meet Kit Caless, one of the owners of Influx Press, a London-based independent publisher. We sat down for a talk with Kit about the challenging and rewarding aspects about being a niche publisher of poetry, how he brings music and publishing together, and the way storytelling is evolving online.

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  • Unit Editions

    Meet Adrian Shaughnessy, one of the owners of Unit Editions, an independent publisher located in Kennington, together with the famous graphic design studio Spin south of the River Thames in London. We sat down for a talk with Adrian about his passion for making books about graphic design and visual culture, and how to create attention and make people respond to one’s work.

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  • Hoxton Mini Press

    Meet Martin Usborne, one of the owners of Hoxton Mini Press, which is an independent publisher located in East London, near London Fields. We sat down for a talk with Martin about how a random meeting with 86 1/2-year-old Joseph Markovich from East London, created the foundation of Hoxton Mini Press. His passion for creating collections of books and the challenges of being an independent publisher of niche publications.

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  • Hato Press

    Meet Amber, She is commissioning director at Hato Press, which is an independent printing and publishing house based in East London, who specialize in Risograph printing. We sat down for a talk with Amber about how Risograph printing works, artist collaboration and the importance of social sharing online and offline.

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  • Artbooks.ph

    Artbooks.ph is an independent bookshop founded by Ringo Bunoan and Katya Guerrero of Pioneer Studios. It is the first bookshop in Manila to focus on Philippine art. We sat down for a talk with Ringo about enhancing awareness about Filipino art, running the shop and what the future holds for Artbooks.

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  • Claire de Rouen

    Meet Lucy Kumara Moore, one of the owners of the small independent bookshop Claire de Rouen, which is to be found in the vivid area of Soho in London. Claire de Rouen specializes in selling the best new and rare books on photography, fashion, art and magazines too. We sat down for a talk with Lucy about the story behind Claire de Rouen, her great interest in books and how that interest has unfolded in the world of independent publishing.

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  • WORD Community Bookstore

    Meet Molly Templeton, Events Director at the independent community bookstore, WORD, which is to be found in two locations, one in Brooklyn NY and the other one in New Jersey. We sat down for a talk with Molly about running community based bookstores, finding new books and how to market and sell your work.

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  • Feira Plana

    Since 2012, Brazil has hosted an independent publishing fair known as Feira Plana, idealised and curated by artist and entrepreneur Bia Bittencourt. Inspired by one of the most famous book fairs in the world—the New York Art Book Fair, which takes place at MoMA PS1—Bia implemented this concept with almost no money, but the willingness and strength to help artists, designers and photographers to have a platform to commercialise their work and dialogue with the public.

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  • Eva Maria Fredensborg

    Meet Eva Maria Fredensborg, a bestselling self-published and traditionally published crime fiction author from Copenhagen, Denmark. We sat down for a talk with Eva about self-publishing and how to market and sell your work, the culture of Scandinavian crime fiction literature and the transition from being self-published to published author.

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  • James Gulliver Hancock

    Meet James Gulliver Hancock, he is an Australian illustrator with a playful and whimsical expression to his work. His work is well-known all over the world, and currently he is working out of two studios: one in The Pencil Factory in Brooklyn, New York, and the other from his homeland studio by the beach in Sydney, Australia. We sat down for a talk with James about being an illustrator, his style of work, the process of drawing and making his book All the buildings in New York, what inspires him and what he is currently working on.

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  • The Society Club

    Meet George Packe-Drury-Lowe, Events Director at the independent bookshop, The Society Club, which is located in Soho, one of Central London’s most exciting and unique areas. We sat down for a talk with George about running a bookshop with a related members club, their collection of first edition books, such as Sherlock Holmes, the courage to do things differently, and how to get yourself and your noticed work.

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  • Material

    Meet Lucy Anne Payne, one of the owners and founder of the independent bookshop, Material, which is located in Shoreditch, one of London´s most creative areas. We sat down for a talk with Lucy about her passion for books, running a bookshop, finding new books and how to market and sell your work in a creative and collaborative way.

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  • Gosh! Comics London

    Meet Josh Palmano, owner and founder of the independent bookshop, Gosh! Comics London, which is located in the diverse and vibrant area of Soho. We sat down for a talk with Josh about his passion for graphic novels, running a bookshop, being a publisher and how to market and sell your work.

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  • Printed Matter

    In December, I went on a bookshop tour to New York City to learn more about indie publishing and the people behind this. The iconic artists’ book organisation Printed Matter was on the top of my list of places to visit, due to their noteworthy dedication and passion for artists’ book production since the 1970s.

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  • The Dutch Biking
    Bookshop Tour

    The best way of getting to know a new country is to start with their literature. There are numerous specialist and independent bookstores in the Netherlands, but they are definitely hard to find. This blog is devoted to those bookstores; where to go to if you want to get to know the Dutch culture better.

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  • Books & Company

    Meet Isabella Smith, the owner of Books & Company, a beautiful and very welcoming small independent bookshop located in Hellerup, Denmark. We sat down for a talk with Isabella about doing what you love, running a bookshop, how to sell books and suggestions for the perfect Christmas gift across age and interest.

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  • Kashmir Logue Book

    Meet Søren Mølhede Hørdum, publisher and one of the founders of Hørdum & Engelbreth, a new publishing house located in the old and colorful Meat District in Copenhagen, Denmark. We sat down for a talk with Søren about publishing visually oriented culture, the process of making their first publication Kashmir Logue Book, selling books and in general the passion for creating beautiful coffee table books.

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  • New Heroes & Pioneers

    Meet Francois Le Bled and Jens Lennartsson, head publisher, photographer and joint founders of New Heroes & Pioneers, a young publishing house located in Malmö, Sweden. We sat down for a talk with Francois and Jens about making art and coffee table books in a digital age, discovering amazing new talents and how to sell books and get your work noticed.

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    Geneva, Switzerland.

    Lisa is a graphic designer, originally from Lisbon, Portugal, but has been living in Sao Paulo, Brazil for the past three years. New adventures are waiting for her as she is relocating to Geneva to study a Master. She loves to travel and photographing architecture and design when she is out and about.

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    São Paulo, Brazil.

    Lucas is working as a graphic designer at PS.2 arquitetura + design in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He loves starting new projects related to graphic design, watching underrated horror movies from the eighties and having time to prepare a nice coffee using French press and Brazilian coffee beans.

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    Rotterdam, Netherlands.

    Sue is from Amsterdam and one of the founders of the Amsterdam/Rotterdam-based creative bureau BuroBG. She loves riding her bike, is a passionate writer and is working on the idea of writing a hip hop album since words make more sense to her than anything else.

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    Manila, Philippines.

    Meggie loves capturing beautiful moments with one of her many analogue vintage cameras. She works with Retail Development & Planning at Megamax Concept, was born and raised in Manila, and has a huge passion for independent books.

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    Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Sanne works as a Communication Designer at Bookpres where she is obsessing with words and design. She is based in Copenhagen, a visual storyteller by heart, music lover and every chance she gets she travels the world to explore different cultures and make new connections.

  • Brenna Holeman

    London, United Kingdom

    Brenna is the woman behind the inspiring travel blog This Battered Suitcase. She is originally from Canada and has visited nearly 90 countries, but is now living in London. When she is not travelling, she is writing about it, either for her blog, her book, or her job.

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