Tangible is a quarterly, general interest independent publication, targeted at men and women aged 25 – 45. With a talented team of writers on board, our goal is to provide engaging, entertaining and thought-provoking content. Our tagline is ‘Because life’s too short to squint at a screen’ and this is why our primary focus is on our ‘tangible’ print version of the magazine. Their website: www.tangiblemagazine.com and Twitter: @tangiblemag
What got you in to independent publishing?
I am absolutely addicted to magazines! I usually buy around three or so every week, so it’s fair to say that I really do love print publications. In my day job, I work for a business-to- business magazine. When the editor went on maternity leave a couple of years ago, I became the acting editor in her absence. For a long time I had dreamed of starting my own magazine but this experience gave me the confidence to know I could really do it! I really wanted to create a unique, interesting publication with a diverse range of articles, so that’s what I’ve tried to create in *Tangible* magazine.
What do you make/publish?
I publish* Tangible* magazine, a quarterly, general interest publication, targeted at men and women aged 25 – 45. Through Tangible, we aim to provide copy that’s as engaging, entertaining and thought-provoking as possible; designed by Jill Redmond. We’re always aiming to grow our stockists to reach as many readers as possible, and *Tangible* is currently available in the following stores: News Centre, Donaghmede Shopping Centre; Liberties Upstairs, 140 Terenure Road, Terenure; Costcutter Express, Upper Ormond Quay, D8; Sunny’s Newsagents, Christchurch Place, D8 (Beside Jury’s Inn Christchurch); Kavanagh’s Costcutter Express, Aungier Street, D2
Who/what inspires you?
The inspiration behind *Tangible* was an appreciation of print publications. In recent years, there’s been an explosion of online content; blogs on every topic under the sun. And while this can be fantastic, sometimes it’s good to switch off. Although it’s quite possible to whittle away an hour or two contentedly browsing; (subconsciously at least) I still tend to associate screens of any kind with work – the need to always be ‘on’ and contactable by others. The online world can be endlessly entertaining, but often you can come away from an Internet binge feeling like you haven’t achieved anything particularly productive and just a little bit wired by the end of it all. Not to mention the temptation to skim the first couple of paragraphs of any given article and then scroll down to the comments, which seems like a good idea at the time but can ultimately leave you feeling a little unfulfilled. (Or is that just me?) By contrast, often nothing is as truly relaxing as flicking through a good read. A ‘tangible’, aesthetically-pleasing publication you can dip in and out of at your own leisure, over a cup of tea or coffee. And that’s what we try our best to provide.
Who are your audience?
Well, in marketing terms, men and women aged 25 – 45, but really anyone who just appreciates a good read!
Have you exhibited at the Dublin Zine Fair before? How did it go?
No, this is our first year at the Dublin Zine Fair but we’re really looking forward to it. We’ve published three editions so far and our fourth edition will mark our first birthday – so I personally feel very happy and proud that we’ve reached this achievement! I still work full-time in my original job (Independent publishing is very rewarding but unfortunately not in a financial sense! However if it were just about money, the magazine wouldn’t even exist to be honest) so it’s a lot of sweat, blood and tears to produce each issue.
Tell us a joke!
Not exactly an original one but I hope you won’t hold that against me!
Paddy Englishman, Paddy Scotsman and Paddy Irishman haven’t seen each other for a year so they meet up for a drink.
During the year all of them have had a son. Paddy Englishman says: “It’s funny because my son was born on Saint George’s day so we ended up calling him George.”
Paddy Scotsman says: “Ah really? That’s strange cause my son was born on St. Andrew’s day and we called him Andrew.”
Paddy Irishman says: “Jaysus that’s exactly the same thing with my son Pancake!”