Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Collect Magazine champions things done well. In a bi-monthly format, the hyper-local publication explores the idea of neighborhoods, both geographical and ideological, as it celebrates “what humans do and how they do it.” With an emphasis on community, Collect focuses on big issues in the small scale, speaking to an international world far beyond Adelaide’s city limits.
Huge fans of the magazine’s community-oriented focus and beautiful design, Block Club recently reached out to Collect with a few questions. We were thrilled to hear back from Collect’s awesome editor, Josh Fanning (featured heavily in this lovely promo video), who shared a few words on the magazine’s ethos and a hyper-local future.
How did your work with Collect Magazine come about?
I have been in publishing for five years. The reason for [Collect] as I see it, from an editorial point of view, is to ensure our readers get information about the good things that are happening on a very small scale. Myself and the entire team at Collect feel very passionately about our local world and celebrating the people in our day-to-day who make life worth living. A good coffee is more than a drink - it’s a five minute conversation, a check-up, an affirmation that you are alive, that someone knows your name and cares about the way you take your drink.
The information and media you absorb outside of work inevitably informs what you say as an editor at work. What interests you specifically as a reader and consumer?
[I’m motivated] by the editorial direction of mainstream news sources. They protect and affirm the status quo (the interests of their advertisers and the upper echelons of society). Big papers and big magazines don’t support community because community don’t advertise. What we do at Collect is constantly put the focus on tangible world-changers - the people who activate and make a city useful: the shopfront.
What surprises you, or what have you found yourself learning from the subject matter Collect Magazine publishes as it’s grown across issues?
I’ve learnt that the entire world is yearning for a good neighbour. Not in a cliched sense, but in the real, old-fashioned way our grandparents used to have it. We started Collect as an international magazine for our hometown audience. What we’ve become is an internationally distributed magazine based in two separate neighbourhoods of a small city, reporting on neighbourhoods all over the world. In this DIY era, people are making their future right now, and that’s incredibly exciting.
Describe what you do in 6 words or less.
Old fashioned goodness. Design / Ideas / Neighbourhoods.