Good Company was started by two friends who made a connection over the love of food. After meeting on the set of an art photo shoot, they came together to create a seasonal magazine that connects readers with beautiful tools, healthful ingredients, and recipes that spark the imagination.
The second issue, Anchor, is now available in full on Issuu. We spoke with Debi and Bobbi to find out how Good Company got started, how the magazine has evolved, and how food can be the key to connecting people.
How did you come to start The Wedding Notebook? Did any of you have previous magazine experience?
Andros Xavier Chan: I’ve always wanted to start a wedding website since my university days. After leaving the banking & finance industry in 2011, I decided to take a leap of faith and pursue my dreams. We had a few ideas, and we decided on a wedding magazine.
Chaiyen Wong: I have been working with renowned magazines and publishing houses in Malaysia and Singapore for over 10 years now. I’ve always dreamed of starting my own magazine, I just never thought it would be realized in digital format. We started The Wedding Notebook because we felt that local wedding magazines lacked inspiration. The wedding scene in Asia is booming creatively, but it’s also a very competitive industry. We wanted to provide a platform for celebrating these amazing talents.
Texas-native Chris Brown built his narrative from the ground up. Creating countless homemade zines both inspired by and rebelling against the glossy magazines of his childhood, Brown was enamored by the freewheeling ethos of the 1960s and 70s. Paving his own way as a self-taught graphic designer, his journey as a designer, curator, and artist reflected elements of a proud, singularly American tradition - and one that deserved documentation. In 2008, he started Refueled Magazine, a testament to the legacy of American craftsmanship, ingenuity, and bravado.
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As a surprise to many, Google has entered the business of creating content with a new magazine-like book called Think Quarterly. It’s a bold move, yes, but also executed in a very clever way. Here’s why:
Yesterday, the press and blogosphere were rushing to cover this new creation by Google. Fortune/CNN, Mashable, Forbes, Computerworld, and Guardian to name a few. It quickly rose to be the most read publication on Issuu and it’s still rocking the charts today.
It’s quite possible the most effective book launch we’ve seen. Despite the exciting tidbit that Google is actually creating content instead of just indexing it, they also did a number of things right in adopting a digital publishing strategy. You wouldn’t expect less from the search giant, but for the rest of us here are five pointers to take away:
1. Design. Just look at it. It’s beautiful! Google, with help from their creative friends in Church of London, showed us exactly what publishing is about: The best mix of thought-provoking articles, stunning photos and unique design that creates that special reading experience only made possible by great publications.