About

Don’t ask us, ask them

“A bookmark, crammed with tiny poems, witticisms, illustrations and general literary ephemera, written perhaps by the very people who pick them up. Why has no one thought of it before?”

Tom Banks, Design Week

“In today’s art world just about anything can become a platform for curated work – but come on, would you have ever thought to turn a bookmark into a magazine? This micro-mag folds out into a readable page and folds up into a nifty bookmark. It’s a brilliantly innovative format.”

Charlotte Simmonds, It’s Nice That

“A very clever idea, this… cunningly hidden between the pages of books to perk up surprised readers… The content must fit the unusual dimensions of the magazine. Rather than being a restriction, it seems to inspire imaginative uses of space, containing drawings akin to comic book panels, and flash fiction… Reminds me of “reverse shoplifting”, where people plant copies of their books in shops or libraries – subversive D.I.Y distribution. Using any means to spread the word.”

The Bookleteer.com

“A brilliant magazine that thinks it’s a bookmark. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to send it out.”

Steve Watson, Stack Magazine

“A winning find. A wonderful balance between the worlds of www. and print… definitely a website to bookmark and a magazine to look out for.”

Cody Lee Barbour, Print Isn’t Dead (People of Print)

“Dog-Ear is a magazine. But it’s also a bookmark. And it’s awesome.”

Makenice.co.za


The grand plan

Dog-Ear Ventures CIC believes in the wellbeing benefits of playful creativity*, especially reading, writing and drawing.

We exist to encourage this play, and to provide a platform for its expression.

Our aim is to be a democratic creative tool for anyone and everyone, so we focus on:

  • Ensuring anyone and everyone can enjoy Dog-Ear
    (finding new ways to distribute the magazine and its message)
  • Ensuring anyone and everyone can get inspired to create
    (finding new ways to make time and space for stimulation, imagination and play)
  • Ensuring anyone and everyone can get involved in the platform
    (finding new ways to help people to submit their work)

We also try to support bookshops, libraries and small-press publishers.

The ‘CIC’ bit of our name stands for ‘Community Interest Company’. It signifies that we have committed, officially, to re-invest all our profits back into the business – into future print runs, public events, improved distribution, and submission opportunities.

Dog-Ear is more than a magazine – it’s a social-good project.

 

* Playful creativity helps people connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give – contributing to all of the Government-approved “Five Ways to Wellbeing” actions outlined by the New Economics Foundation.