Autodidact is a biannual print magazine focused on telling personal stories through one common theme. In each issue we choose a topic, and invite an exciting group of creatives from around the world to deliver an honest and personal perspective guided by their own experiences.
Autodidact means “a self-taught person”. They are often curious people with a diverse and eclectic set of interests. They have an appetite for discovery and exploration.
In this day and age most of us have become autodidacts in one way or another. The Internet has expanded the range of our interests and technology has made it easy for creatives to pick up new skills. We are becoming increasingly multi-disciplinary and get our inspiration from a wide range of creative works. Inspired by this change, we felt there was a need for a magazine that tackles creative industries as one fluid cross-disciplinary field.
Curiosity, passion and tireless determination to push boundaries are qualities shared by the creatives we admire, and these qualities are the central driving force for Autodidact. We aim to touch beneath the surface and to present honest and personal stories told through visual and written content.
Everything is in place and we are ready to go to print. All we need is a much needed boost to make this project a reality, and to create a publication that aims to become everyone’s reference for eclectic discovery, and to bring the work of great talents from around the world to your home.
The first issue
The theme of the first issue is ‘duality’. It features 120 pages of carefully selected and specially commissioned interviews, photo series, illustrations, art, design, fiction and observations.
We are incredibly grateful to the creatives who have entrusted us with their work and reflections on topics including personal life, creativity, dogma, urban culture, philosophy, technology etc.
The contributors include Norwegian designer Nina Børke, British multi-disciplinary artist Richie Culver, photographer and fashion designer Paloma Wool, Illustrator, cartoonist and writer Gwendal le Bec, Founder of NuArt Festival Martyn Reed and many more including Massimo Leardini, Christopher Jonassen, James Perolls, Tara Aghdashloo, Andrew Khosravani, Johannes Høie, Laura Berger, Jane Flett, Nojan Komeylan, Amy Zion, Maren Serine, Jocelyn Tsaih, Jan Kallwejt, Ash Koosha and Negar Shaghaghi.
Special thanks go to our sub-editor Siavash Eshghi who has been a big help in this project.
My name is Bardia Koushan and I am the editor, creative director and graphic designer of Autodidact Magazine. Beside this magazine I work with graphic design, photography and illustration. For the past 10 years I have lived/worked in Norway, Barcelona and London and have met an amazing group of talented people from around the world, and have always wanted to bring them together in one way or another. I have truly enjoyed putting Autodidact together during the past 10 months and have learned a great deal in the process. I am very excited to share with you this truly amazing and rewarding journey.
Your pledge will go towards:
- Printing and shipping the first issue 70%
- Kickstarter rewards 20%
- Kickstarter fees 10%
All of the funds raised, including any addition to our goal, will be invested wholly in the future of Autodidact magazine which is planned to come out twice a year.
October: Kickstarter launch
November: Final tweaks and proof reading / end of Kickstarter campaign
November/December: Print, production and delivery
The funds from Kickstarter will come to us three weeks after the campaign ends. We will then immediately go into production of magazine and rewards which takes another two weeks.
Here are the rewards that are on offer in exchange of your pledge:
£1-17 Thank you email
£17 Issue one Autodidact Magazine
£35 Issue one + Canvas bag
£45 Issue one + Unique Handmade Mug
£70 Issue one + Canvas bag + A3 Limited edition Giclée print
£90 Issue one + Canvas bag + A2 Limited edition Giclée print
£140 Issue one + Canvas bag + A1 Limited edition Giclée print
£300 Single page advertising for your business (Get in touch for details)
£700 Inside front cover advertising for your business (Get in touch for details)
£1400 Back cover advertising for your business (Get in touch for details)
Choose your favourite illustration from the Expanse series by Bardia Koushan. They are limited edition of 100 fine art Giclée print on 308gsm Hahnemuhle 100% cotton paper.
Thank you so much for your help. We hope that very soon you have a copy of Autodidact in your home.
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Risks and challenges
With so many amazing creatives around the world we have endless stories to tell but are limited in resources. Funding the project is our biggest obstacle and it is where we need your support most. The main risk is simply that we won’t be able to raise enough money to print Autodidact. Kickstarter itself covers this risk for your pledges — if you pledge money and we miss our target you will not be charged.
We have teamed up with the printer that prints some of the best independent magazines out there, and are confident that they deliver on time and to the high quality that we expect.
For the second issue, we are positive that the revenue generated from ads will cover the print and most importantly will allow us to compensate our future creatives and contributors for their works.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter