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7 Inspiring Digital Design Magazines

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With more and more print magazines folding each year, design and style enthusiasts are taking their passion to the Web in the form of online magazines or e-zines with a traditional print feel. Like newsstand glossies they replace, the quarterly, monthly or bimonthly issues are full of gorgeous photographs, stylish finds, and intriguing interviews you can flip through - all put together without the operating expense of a print magazine. We love sites like our own Remodelista for a daily design fix, but there's clearly something people love about traditional magazine pages and design too.

The potential of this new medium is fascinating and we’re excited to see what comes next as they grow and evolve. Here are a few of our current favorites.

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Kinfolk - A Guide for Small Gatherings

Kinfolk Magazine is created by a growing community of artists with a shared interest in small gatherings and entertaining. Each contributor appreciates “art, design and their love for spending time with family and friends.” And they all believe entertaining should be “simple, uncomplicated, and less contrived.” Kinfolk for the iPad is a natural extension of the print publication, including video features and “outtakes.” ($5.99 per volume on the iPad)

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Rue - A Digital Design and Entertaining Magazine

Crystal Gentiello and Anne Sage, the ladies behind Rue, a San Francisco-based shelter publication, believe that inspiration is everywhere. They channeled that idea to create an approachable online magazine that pairs decorative finds with fashionable trends. (Free)

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Est - Global Living with an Australian Twist

A quarterly e-mag was created by editor-in-chief Siam McPherson as a way to save on storage space. The e magazine is “clean, uncomplicated and committed to showcasing the best that global design has to offer—with an Australian twist. Each issue is full of interactive elements and tons of hyperlinks for eager shoppers. Worth noting: a much richer iPad, collectors edition of est is in the pipeline. (Free(

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Llamas’ Valley - Perfect Places – Imperfect People

The creators Llamas’ Valley originally started with three Lithuanian issues before publishing their first English edition. The editors describe the magazine that includes interior design, décor, art, fashion and food as being about “inspiration, creative ones, joy, coziness, and delicious life.” Full of stunning photography, delicious recipes and engaging interviews, the online magazine promises that an iPad edition is coming very soon. (Free)

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Lonny - Reopening the Doors of Accessible Design

A bimonthly online magazine that stays true to the print format and focuses on lifestyle and home décor, Lonny believes “in making design choices that lead to personal happiness.” Created by Michelle Adams, a former assistant at Domino, Lonny is the ultimate eye candy for any design or fashion enthusiast. (Free)

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Matchbook - Field Guide to a Charmed Life

Matchbook is a monthly digital lifestyle publication that celebrates the classics. Fashion from both the past and the present, as well as décor, the arts, travel, culture and interviews are meant to inspire women “to design a life they adore. Co-founders Katie Armour and Jane Lilly Warren met in college and create the magazine from their homes in Alameda and Philadelphia and the magazine only seems to benefit from their bi-coastal relationship and perspectives. (Free)

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TRADHome Classic Taste, Modern Life

A collaboration from the old-school print magazine Traditional Home and the pioneer digital shelter magazine Lonny, this digital magazine contains a interesting interpretation of the “new” traditional in terms of fashion and design. The online magazine features a younger, hipper take on Traditional as a “new gateway to expand the brand.” Available as an app or on the Web via Zinio. (Free)

Have a favorite digital e-zine we missed? We'd love to know about it- leave it in the comments.

[Top image: Katie Armour and Jane Lilly Warren, co-founders of Matchbook.]

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