Peeps Magazine Issue One
Peeps Magazine Issue One
An indie mag with stories from around the world by anthropologists immersed in foreign cultures. Anthropology for non-anthropologists.
An indie mag with stories from around the world by anthropologists immersed in foreign cultures. Anthropology for non-anthropologists. Read more
About this project
Peeps Magazine is an independent magazine that delivers stories from around the world written by anthropologists immersed in foreign cultures (at home and abroad) to bring stories based on culture and context before events.
Led by award-winning magazine designer Greg Salmela, we are a team of communications and design professionals who work with applied anthropologists and photographers. We realized that the anthropologists were doing interesting research that translated into great stories. So we started Peeps, a forum for people interested in people.
This publication will be the first of its kind to offer the insights and stories of anthropologists and human scientists studying subjects all around the world alongside world-class photojournalism, illustration, and stunning design.
Who are we?
Working from our tiny office on the east side of Toronto, the Peeps team is a group of creative professionals who design magazines for other people for a living. We love the medium, but when we couldn't find the type of stories we wanted to read, we decided to start making them ourselves.
Peeps is the passion project of our leader, Greg. His career has been marked by work from some of the biggest communications names in the world. Having won awards for the likes of Thomson Reuters and 3M, Greg wanted to develop a project where the connection was between people and culture, rather than people and a brand. So, he founded Peeps. Read more about Greg here.
In its early days, Peeps was not yet a magazine. That ambition has always been at the heart of the project, but a magazine required a larger community (a readership) and the arrival of Aliah El-houni to the Peeps Team. She started with Greg in his communications firm arranging the events BPM (Before Peeps Magazine), in no small part because she was to become it's architect. Greg shared his goals and ambitions, Aliah planned, plotted and produced Peeps Magazine's blueprint.
Peeps now has many hands involved in its making: writers, photographers, illustrators, designers, and supporters, all of whom have come together from all over the world to make Issue One possible. Read more about our contributors here.
What's our story?
The story of Peeps Magazine is one of organic growth, and of serendipity. While we knew from the outset that creating a magazine would be no small challenge, we didn't realize the project would take off quite so quickly. The anthropological and research community, who currently spread their work between academic publications, reports or their personal blogs to share their research, heard "anthropology for non-anthropologists" and all of a sudden we had more contributors than we could shake a stick at. Not that we would want to. We like them. More importantly, we love what they write. And so will you.
But it didn’t stop there. Because we are design and communication professionals, we know the value of photography. So we started talking with some of the photographers and photojournalists we thought might like these stories too, and lo and behold the Peeps Magazine formula was born. In-depth, well-researched, evocative stories written by cultural experts from around the world paired with candid, challenging and immersive photojournalism by literally some of the best photographers in the world. Don't take our word for it: judge for yourself.
We have been humbled and amazed by the calibre of the work our contributors have produced. Collaborating from separate countries and time zones, our editors and writers have evolved this project cooperatively into something really exciting; something uniquely Peeps.
However, how this story will end is up to you. We cannot realize our goal of sending Issue One to print without your support on this campaign.
So, what's the deal with Issue One?
Issue One is entitled "The Modern Protagonist": looking at how technology has become a central figure in the growth and development of modern culture. The development of technology and culture are now conjoined and anthropologists have a lot to say about it. We are exploring how modern technology has acted as a key contributor to the creation of culture: we look at how music, film, politics, and language have all been forever changed around the world. Read more about the theme here.
Giving a minimum of $25 to this campaign will get you Issue One (though we’d be happy with $1 or $2 if that’s what you have to share)! Be part of the exclusive group that gets a first look at our work: featuring stories from all corners of the globe, (Serbia, China and India, among other countries!) that will shine a lens back on your own cultural experience. All of these stories are accompanied by stunning visuals, one of which can go up on your wall for donations of $250 or more! Our Kickstarter goal is raise $16,521.73- the cost to print Issue One (no more, no less). Contribute and help us send #peeps2press.
Any additional funds that we are able to raise in this campaign will go towards the production of Issue Two, which will explore the changing understandings and interpretations of beauty in cultures around the world.
Help us make this happen. Send #Peeps2Press!
Risks and challenges
We have set a pretty realistic goal for funding. We are just looking for the printing costs for this edition because we have had the great fortune of a whole lot of effort by a whole lot of people to create this issue. We hope the goodwill continues here and that Kickstarter supporters will bring us to the finish line, because everything (all of the content) is ready and waiting to go.
And remember, we do this for a living. Give us the funding, and we will get this done.
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