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Zines enjoy a very unique and niche existence in the publishing world. They offer a tangible refuge from the digital landscape, and are often created specifically as an antithesis to digital publishing trends. That’s why more often than not a zine will have a noticeably DIY aesthetic.

One of the most alluring aspects of zine culture is its intense focus on creativity and originality. The zine presents artists, writers, and general creative types with an essentially boundless format. There are no middle-men or barriers to entry, and little in the way of budget issues. When it comes to zines the general rule is: if you’ve got the idea and the passion, you can make it!

So, unsurprisingly, the zine has become something of a home to independent artists and those with an eye for DIY aesthetics. This has led to some incredibly attractive publications coming into existence over the years. And today we’re going to share 12 zines that (in our book at least) get top marks for creativity and originality!

Blop! vs. the Cyclops – Alex Hahn

Long Lost Lempi – Adam Vian


The Tiny Book of Tiny Animals – Lyndsey Green

Autumn Wild – Kriski

Knock Before Entering


Going Outside

Windows of the Pandemic

Foxy Feb



From zines to magazines

We hope you enjoyed our list. And if you’d like to see more top class publications, why not take a look at our list of 15 delightful design magazines.