A magazine that asks relatable entrepreneurs how they started, how they made their ideas happen, & how their life changed as a result. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on October 24, 2013.
About this project
I've always wanted to start "my own thing," but when I looked at business media for inspirational stories of success I couldn't find much to relate to. There were stories about multi-millionaires who had created giant tech companies but I was more interested to know how my favorite record label started out, who was behind the blog that I check every day, or how my regular brunch spot came into being. I wanted to read about the battles behind making an idea happen so that I could better navigate my own ideas in the future, and I figured I wasn't alone in having this desire.
It was then that I decided that "my own thing" would be a magazine about "starting your own thing." It's called Konichiwang.
And it's your new personal trainer that will inspire you to make your big or small ideas happen. It's your new best friend that tells you about cool people and places you need to know about. And it's your new snuggle buddy for when you want to curl up and indulge in a life conversation that's sporadically softened with tangential stories.
It's not a blog, it's an actual magazine that...
-Holds your attention because you hold a physical product in your hands. The stories in Konichiwang are not going to get buried in your feed, lost in your bookmarks, or diluted by the presence of seven other page tabs.
-Has longevity & will serve as reference material for years to come. We weren't worried about search terms or buzzwords just telling good stories, stories that will be as relevant in three days as they are in three years. And when you're ready to make your big idea happen Konichiwang will be there on your shelf to inspire you with stories about starting out.
-Features Q&A interviews with 12 New Yorkers about how they made their big idea happen.
-Is beautifully made & will catch people's attention anywhere you leave it. You'll want to keep Konichiwang for a long time because it will look sublime upon your coffee table, desk, book shelf, foyer, bedside table — anywhere you show-off your most prized possessions. At 120 pages (about 14OZ / 400G) of matte recycled paper and soy-based ink it's hefty in your hand but just a touch undersized on your shelf (11.5in / 29.2cm X 9.5in / 24.13cm).
-Includes funny doodles drawn by each interviewee. Each interviewee was directed to draw four things: a self portrait, a picture of what they do / their idea", New York City, and the name Konichiwang.
-Gives you quick five minute reads, longer twenty minute reads, and everything in between.
-Offers the reader the choice to be entertained, educated, or both.
The people interviewed for Issue 1 have got something in common...
They've all had an idea and made it happen. Their idea might be a business, a blog, or a band, but regardless of the industry these interviewees come from what's certain is that their stories provide valuable guidance for anyone looking to make their own idea happen. Here's a selection of the dozen interviewees:
Christina Caradona - Trop Rouge
From not even knowing what a blog was to having a fashion blog about her daily outfits that is so popular she's now a front row regular at Fashion Week runway shows, and all within three years.
Emil Jattne - Brooklyn Gin
A father to two young children, Emil left a dream job as brand manager for one of the biggest vodka brands in the world to spend five years working on fifty different formulas, until he created the best gin you'll ever taste.
Nick couldn't find the music he wanted so decided to release it with one of his best friends (A-Trak), they also decided to have as much fun as possible while running the business, without incurring any debt. Now they're one of the most recognizable independent record label's in the world, and definitely the most fun.
To read more about each of the 12 interviewees visit ReadKonichiwang.com
More information about the Rewards...
- Made in New York City at the same factory that manufacturers shirts for Opening Ceremony and Rag & Bone.
- Only 50 shirts will ever be made and each shirt comes with a customized tag that includes the backers name.
- Sizes XS-XL.
The Art Print
We selected one photo of each interviewee from the hundreds of polaroids taken for the first issue and placed them onto a limited edition art print.
- 18x22 inches
- 290gsm bamboo photography paper
- Limited to a series of 200. Each print is hand-signed and comes with a certificate of authenticity
- Prints come unframed
Kickstarter we need you to get us to our $30K target so we can make our idea happen because...
If we raise more than our target we can do some really cool things...
If we hit $40K the magazine will expand to include two extra interviews:
Chris Gentile - Pilgrim Surf Supply / Artist
- Issue 1 will be available for purchase from January 2014 in retail book & clothing stores, hotels, and online for $20USD (not including shipping or tax).
- Issue 2 is scheduled for release in May 2014.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge is time. We really want to have our rewards sent out in time to arrive for Christmas/New Years, and if we don't suffer any unforeseen setbacks this will be possible.
We promise to keep you informed about our progress and when you can expect delivery of your rewards. We will do this through weekly updates during and after the Kickstarter project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
It's like asking what Google means...Right now Konichiwang is a made-up name of a magazine but hopefully one day it will become a verb too.
Nathan Eames (as seen in the video) designed Konichiwang. Nate studied Graphic Design at RISD and graduated in 2007.
Saturdays Magazine, Inventory Magazine, and Kinfolk Journal are just three of the many magazines that have inspired the design aesthetic for the first issue of Konichiwang.
- (30 days)