After quite some work, The Nimble Magazine went life in the iOS Newsstand 2 weeks ago. I am rather happy with the first issue, even though it's clearly just a starting line. If you wanna see some great art, or maybe learn why I hate digital, or even are curious about the foolhardy chromatic painting technique, then you should download it from the app-store now.
To be honest, I wrote that first paragraph two weeks ago. Today I published Issue002: Something is missing and now it's time to take a look how things are going.
First of all, I was overly surprised by the download rate. I was hoping for 5-10 downloads per day max, but instead I already hit the 1024 apps barrier within 2 weeks. It's a free app, and it's a huge market, nevertheless that's a super positive sign for me to keep going.
My main inspiration for this project was and still is The Magazine by Marco Arment, although my motivation is probably rather different. I am also trying to follow the ideas laid down by Craig Mod in his Subcompact Manifesto as good as possible:
I propose Subcompact Publishing tools and editorial ethos begin (but not end) with the following qualities:
- Small issue sizes (3-7 articles / issue)
- Small file sizes
(small enough with approx 50mb, but I do use videos)
- Digital-aware subscription prices
(free for now)
- Fluid publishing schedule
- Scroll (don’t paginate)
- Clear navigation
- HTML(ish) based
Touching the open web
(check, all articles have their own web-touch-point, like this one)
I already have content for the next two issues, and I'm grateful to many many artits out there who pitch ideas and contribute freely (again, for now). It's likely that I might take a break after Issue003 and make some decisions about how to move on, since ultimately I want to switch to paid subscription. I am enjoying this sproject so much, that I hope to be able to sustain it for a longer timeframe. So, on to Issue003: In Pairs.