Yen Magazine closes down. Could it have been saved?

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And another magazine bites the dust.

Yen Magazine, a fantastic supporter of independent design and retail, published its final issue in February. (Wipes tear.)
Pedestrian: ‘YEN’ MAG SHARES SAD NEWS IT’S CLOSING AFTER 15 YRS OF INDIE GOODNESS

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Our top creative achievements of 2015 (and now I need a lie down!)

Ceramics from our first shoot for Interiors Addict. Styled by Kylie Jackes. Photographed by Cathy Schusler.
Ceramics from our first shoot for Interiors Addict. Styled by Kylie Jackes. Photographed by Cathy Schusler.

At the start of 2015, I decided that this would be the year we started to ‘create’ in a language that independent designers and retailers, and design-lovers  – our audience – REALLY understood.  Read more Our top creative achievements of 2015 (and now I need a lie down!)

Template email for pitching your store or label to a print magazine

How to pitch your label to this magazine (and others).
How to pitch your label to this magazine (and others).

Recently I went to a presentation put on by Peppermint Magazine called How To Pitch Your Brand To A Magazine. Read more Template email for pitching your store or label to a print magazine

Independent retailers: your biggest competitor is NOT who you think it is

Looks harmless enough... Wolf Ceramic Cup x Donna Wilson from Third Drawer Down.
Looks harmless enough… Wolf Ceramic Cup x Donna Wilson from Third Drawer Down.

It’s not Urban Outfitters or Typo or H&M. It’s someone you know well: a creative and clever wolf dressed in independently-designed sheepskin clothing, and you probably emailed them just yesterday. Read more Independent retailers: your biggest competitor is NOT who you think it is

Why you should hire a creative triple threat

Kuwaii campaign imagery by creative triple threat Phebe Schmidt
Kuwaii campaign imagery by creative triple threat Phebe Schmidt.

If you own any recent Jamie Oliver cookbooks (I own three!), you’ll know Jamie’s always banging on about buying the best quality ingredients you can afford. Read more Why you should hire a creative triple threat

Heartstarter: Superb Parrot by Marine Coutroutsios

A collection of goods from The Third Row inspired by Superb Parrot by Marine Coutroutsios
A collection of goods from The Third Row inspired by Superb Parrot by Marine Coutroutsios

I have a weakness for papercut artwork and bold colour, so I was absolutely floored when I stumbled across this work by Marine Coutroutsios on Art Pharmacy.  There’s something about the interpretation of a bird as a roundel which is so magnetic  – perhaps it’s the resemblance to a target.

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The secret to getting featured by top blogs

There's no doubt that our store Fenton and Fenton, and their collaborators, stylist Julia Green and photographer Armelle Habib know the secret.
There’s no doubt that our store Fenton and Fenton, and their collaborators, stylist Julia Green and photographer Armelle Habib know the secret.

When I look back at the person who started the journey to build this website, 2 and a half years ago I can’t help but shake my head and sigh. Oh, the naivety! Read more The secret to getting featured by top blogs

Heartstarter: Lemon Tree by Belynda Henry

A collection of goods inspired by 'Lemon Tree' by Belynda Henry
A collection of goods from The Third Row inspired by ‘Lemon Tree’ by Belynda Henry

I did a double take when Belynda Henry was profiled on The Design Files but I fell well and truly when  ‘Lemon Tree’ appeared over on the Adore Home Magazine blog. Loving those feathery mountains. And the colours! There’s something about that bloody red.

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Everybody’s talking about the eye

Everybody's talking about the eye
Everybody’s talking about the eye

Everywhere I look right now, I’m being watched and winked at. I like it, unless I happen to be shoving leftover chocolate bunny into my gob.  

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