Saturday, December 6, 2014

interview with Ryan & Tina Essmaker from THE GREAT DISCONTENT


Last week we received a pile of THE GREAT DISCONTENT’s first issue. A thick magazine with a strong cover full of interviews and photography. We had a few questions for the editorial team Ryan & Tina Essmaker.

Where are you based and can you discribe your magazine? What inspired you when you started out?

The Great Discontent (TGD) is a New York City-based print and digital magazine featuring interviews on beginnings, creativity, and risk.

We cofounded and launched TGD online in August 2011. It has since grown to include a print counterpart, over 150 digital interviews, a film series, Two Minutes with TGD, and a passionate community of readers worldwide.


TGD began as a side project and a way for us to collaborate on something creative outside of our day jobs. In January 2014, nearly three years after launching TGD online, we decided to embrace risk and shake things up. We simultaneously quit our day jobs to focus on The Great Discontent and launched a Kickstarter campaign, raising $105k to make the first printed issue of TGD. In addition to publishing TGD, we collaborate on other content-related projects via Wayward Wild, the New York City-based creative studio we founded with Brad Smith, founder and former CEO of Virb.

You can listen to us talk about our journey in this podcast episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman.


In which frequency will TGD be published and when can we expect the second issue? Is editing the second issue more difficult than the first one?

Beginning in January 2015, TGD will be published quarterly—yes, four issues per year! Issue Two debuts in late January 2015, you can read the full lineup and presale announcement on our blog. Making a magazine is definitely much easier the second time around because you start to streamline and improve the process.


What are your favourite magazines at the moment? What’s you favourite cover at the moment?

This is a great question because we have more magazines in our apartment than any other item. Right now, our favorites are: Acne Paper, Interview, Fantastic Man, The Gentlewoman, The Travel Almanac, Bad Day, Lady Magazine, The Last Magazine, Saturdays, and Intermission

Favorite cover: Lula, Issue 19, Felicity Jones (Fall/Winter 2014)


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