Five years ago, three friends and colleagues were working for one of the biggest publishing companies. But we believed there was a better way to create and publish magazines – where the readers were as important as the advertisers, where the paper quality and design were valued and where the words and pictures weren’t always trying to sell stuff, didn’t portray perfection, didn’t tell people what to do and made them feel better, not worse.
So we gave up our jobs, ploughed in our savings and borrowed the rest to set up our own publishing company – Iceberg Press – and buy The Simple Things, followed by Oh Comely two years later. And now we’ve launched Pics & Ink to sell other publishers’ independent, beautiful and useful magazines too. It’s been hard work but the smell of every fresh-printed issue in our hands is a note to self to savour the good times.
The Simple Things is published monthly in print and digitally and is all about taking time to live well.
We celebrate slowing down, enjoying what you have and making the most of where you live. We like to share good food with friends and family, grow some of our own vegetables, visit local markets, rummage for vintage finds, and decorate our home with the plunder. We love being outdoors, microadventures, forgotten wisdom and the satisfaction that comes with a job well done.
And we like to think that the small things we do will make a difference in the long run – whether that’s making, upcycling, growing, cooking, escaping or relaxing.
We also make and sell other things we think our readers will like – an anthology of the best ideas and inspiration from our first three years; Sew-on happiness patches celebrating the everyday actions that enrich our lives; and postcard packs of our back cover chalkboards.
You can explore our blog for original features and our favourite recipes and projects, plus lots of stuff you never knew you were interested in. Subscribe to our newsletter, full of nice things to want and wish for and fresh discoveries every fortnight. And listen to our playlists, new each month.
If you want to get in touch, ping an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, say hello on our Facebook page, comment or tag us on Instagram, Tweet us, or you can give us a call during office hours (or leave a message anytime) on 020 3950 1835.