Spotlight: Tech Columnist Rob Walker

My name is Rob Walker and my medium is procrastinating.

My love of art + tech collisions is partly a result of my work for Yahoo! Tech, where I am a columnist. My “beat” is the intersection of technology and culture, and there are just too many great examples of how creative people are using, or misusing, digital tools. So I started the Tech + Arts mag on Flipboard to catalog and share everything in that category that I think is cool, whether my colleagues and I write about it or not.

I use Flipboard to be surprised, add some serendipity to my newsflow, and, of course, to waste time as productively as possible!

I first downloaded the app for my iPad maybe two years ago, and I didn’t use it for a long while. Then a friend mentioned how much he enjoyed Flipboard and I decided to re-investigate. I set up a mix of technology and design sources, and for me the key was that these were sources I wanted to keep an eye on, but didn’t always have time for.

I’ve also now figured out how much fun it is to dip in and out of others’ magazines that are just completely different from my usual media sources (magazines collecting GIFs, for instance). I also find the interface quite nice, so it always feels more like goofing off than working. That’s good.

And THEN it finally occurred to me that I could start my own magazine. That was a total experiment: just to see what would happen if I tried to collect the tech/art mashups that interest me, including stuff I write about, but more to the point all the other stuff that I don’t have time to write about but that deserves attention. I have been amazed at the response.

My biggest influence is really anybody who is doing interesting things that blur or change the lines between traditional categories, and that’s sort of the whole point of the Tech + Arts magazine: Artists playing with technology, hackers intentionally misusing tools to revelatory things—that’s part of my beat as a journalist, but it’s also just something I find inspiring and useful. So this has become another venue for me to highlight the stuff that I find provocative and useful or just flat-out fun. If that helps spread the word about cool stuff, then mission accomplished!

Today technology and art are inseparable. See how their confluence is changing the world in Tech + Arts:

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Spotlight: Design Writer Carl Alviani

My name is Carl Alviani and my medium is stories: visual, spoken and written.

My love of complex systems has taken me through a pretty diverse sequence of careers—I studied engineering, but ended up becoming a science teacher in the Peace Corps, then an industrial designer, and eventually a writer, focusing on design and infrastructure. The hidden structures that change how we think and act are an endless source of fascination, which helps explain why I work at a creative agency (Ziba, in Portland).

I use Flipboard to publish articles we write about [...]

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Showcase Flipboard Magazines on Your Website

You’ve dedicated time and effort into making your magazines awesome. Now don’t forget to show them off! If you are a business owner, blogger or other kind of Webmaster, there are two easy tools at share.flipboard.com to help spread your magazines’ reach.

1. Profile Badge: Quick access to everything you’re collecting on Flipboard

Your Flipboard profile contains all the magazines you’re making and can be accessed via a URL like flipboard.com/profile/[Your_Username_Here]. A Profile Badge is a visually attractive alternative: by embedding it on your site, your readers can quickly get to everything you’re curating via a nifty button that looks [...]

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Put a Dashboard on It!

It may be all about birds in Portlandia, but in the land of tech and social media, it’s all about the dashboard—a “control center” of the latest and greatest information that can help inform your decisions about what to share. For MagMakers on Flipboard, having a command central for content can really make the difference in the quality and recency of your magazines. You can set this up today with nothing more than your Flipboard account.

Here’s how: Let’s say you own an organic milk company (stay with us!) and your magazine is called I Scream, You Scream 4 Ice [...]

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Spotlight: Portrait Photographer Sean Hagwell

Sean Hagwell

My name is Sean Hagwell and my medium is photography. And sometimes directing.

My love of photography started when I found my parents’ cameras at the age of 8. But it wasn’t until my mid-20s that I realized it was at the core of who I was. Nothing in my life came so naturally.

If I’m being honest, I became a photographer out of a mix of personal enjoyment and really not knowing any better. I never went to art school or had any formal training, which made learning the [...]

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Let’s Be Real: Your Cover Really Does Matter

You may not be able to fairly judge a magazine by its cover, but people will try to anyway, so be sure to keep your magazine covers fresh and enticing.

Here are a few tips on how to capture readers’ attention with a great cover:

  • Choose images that evoke an emotional response, such as pictures of people. For example, if you have an electronics magazine, select an image of someone using the gadget, rather than a simple product shot.
  • Use colorful, simple images with a central focal point to catch readers’ attention quickly.
  • Images without text are usually better [...]
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Spotlight: “Expert Generalist” Aly Juma

My name is Aly Juma and my medium is information.

My love of learning is driven by my generalist outlook on life. I’ve always been supremely curious about everything—Always Be Curious, as my magazine is titled—and found it hard to settle for any one thing. I studied engineering in college and subsequently worked for an advertising agency in Tanzania, which lead to grad school in France.

I’ve always followed my passions wherever they take me. Now I’m focused on designing T-shirts, writing, and working as a business intelligence consultant. You can learn more [...]

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FlipTip: Edit Your Full Name

Every Tuesday, we’ll have a simple tip related to MagMaking in this blog. Some tips will be for power curators, but others, like this one, are good to know if you’re just starting out.

Sometimes, the username you created at sign-up wasn’t exactly what you wanted. Never fear — you can still have any name you want on display, via your Full Name.

Your Full Name is different from your username — it can have caps and spaces — and you can change it anytime without creating a new account. To edit it, tap the red ribbon (or three-line [...]

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Spotlight: iPad Artist Raheem “Ra” Nelson

My name is Raheem Nelson—Ra for short—and my medium is iPad art.

My love of drawing started when I was 5. My parents drew for me and at 7, I started doing it for myself and drawing, like, The Ninja Turtles. Eventually I got my confidence up and started drawing my own comic books. I love the discipline and process of making a comic book: writing, inking, coloring duties. I took it upon myself to do all those roles, and be a multifaceted artist from a young age.

I use Flipboard to keep [...]

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How to Create a Ridiculously Interesting Magazine (In Four Steps or Maybe Less)


It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a blog, sharing photos, posting social updates, or curating a magazine on Flipboard: if you want to attract an audience, there’s one thing you absolutely must do: You have to be interesting.

Sure it’s obvious. But if it were easy, everyone would be a media superstar. So what’s the secret to interestingness?

That turns out to be pretty simple too: Pick a topic you’re passionate about, then concentrate on it intensely. “When I curate on Flipboard, I like to start with things people are already familiar [...]

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Style Magazines for a Do-It-Yourself Generation


Interesting design doesn’t have to be expensive, and it doesn’t have to come from a store. The do-it-yourself (DIY) movement is thriving, as a new generation takes a more hands-on approach to style and decor. That DIY approach even extends to curation and publishing, as many enthusiasts also create their own Flipboard magazines to collect, share and display interesting project ideas. Here are a few DIY magazines that inspire us:

Clothing DIY by Christina A is packed with tips and ideas for self-made fashionistas:



I [...]

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Eight Fan-Curated Magazines Remain. Only One Will Represent the 2014 World Cup Champion


From an initial field of 32 national teams, the 2014 World Cup has now been winnowed down to a quarterfinal group of eight. There’s been plenty of drama and surprise, with early favorites England, Spain and Italy eliminated in the early rounds, while Uruguay’s Luis Suárez was banned for taking a bite out of an opposing player. Here in the United States, high hopes for Team USA were dashed after a tough loss to Belgium. It’s already been a World Cup to remember.

Amid all the soaring highs and plummeting lows, [...]

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Educators Send Flipboard Magazines Into the Classroom


Recently we’ve noticed a number of blog posts that describe how teachers are creating Flipboard magazines to collect and share content with students and other education professionals. The most recent of these comes from Josh Allen, who writes on the Tech Fridge blog about using Flipboard magazines to support his program to integrate technology in the classroom:

I set up a Flipboard magazine for myself to read based off the #blendedlearning hashtag on Twitter, but I wanted a way to save and share the great articles I was reading. I had heard about creating your own magazines in Flipboard, [...]

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One World Cup. Hundreds of MagMakers. 32 Team Magazines. Launching Today on Flipboard


On June 12, all eyes will be on Brazil as the opening kick inaugurates the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The World Cup is one of the most closely watched sporting events on the planet, with teams from 32 nations competing in a month-long series of elimination rounds that culminates in a final match where one team will be crowned World Champion.

To give you a unique view of the action, we’re excited to launch 32 new magazines on Flipboard today — one for each team participating in the World Cup, from Team Algeria to [...]

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Congratulation, Graduates! Get Ready for the Rest of Your Life


For college students, summer’s already here. With graduation comes the inevitable commencement speech, a half-hour of sage advice doled out by celebrated alumni and big thinkers—everyone from actors to professors to politicians.

Students have historically approached this time of the year with a mixture of trepidation and relief. Some are looking forward to graduate school, while others are realizing it’s time to update that LinkedIn profile. From from here on out, you’re on your own.

Even if you’re not graduating, education is an ongoing process. These magazines share a few life-lessons [...]

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Help Us Curate a News Magazine About Your Favorite 2014 World Cup Team


The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil begins on June 12, and you’re invited to help curate a very special Flipboard magazine about your favorite team.

When the matches begin, the Flipboard editorial team will host a dedicated magazine for each of the 32 participating World Cup nations — from Team Algeria to Team Uruguay, and everyone in between. Each magazine will be a celebration of the team’s adventures in Brazil and will be curated by dedicated fans like you.

This is a chance to show off your country pride and [...]

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Get an Education in Flipboard Magazines, at MagMaker U.


If you want to create awesome Flipboard magazines, we’ve created a place to learn how it’s done — at MagMaker U.

There are no tuition fees or exams to pass.  MagMaker U. is simply a special collection of how-to guides and advanced tips we’ve collected for anyone who wants to build beautiful and engaging Flipboard magazines:


You’ll also find case studies that highlight some of the clever ways our community of MagMakers has put their magazines to work, as well as interviews in [...]

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Evan Vucci Shares a Photographer’s View of Photography


When he’s not taking pictures on Capitol Hill or jet-setting on Air Force One, Associated Press photographer Evan Vucci likes to share great photography in Loupe 35-Photojournalism & Documentary Photography, his Flipboard magazine about the craft of photojournalism.


The big title caught our eye, and we were impressed by what we found inside, so we called Evan to learn more.

Tell us about your day job. What exactly do you do?

I’m a photographer for the Associated Press [...]

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Browse the Best of #FlipboardFriday


A few months ago, we told you about #FlipboardFriday, a lovely social media ritual created by our friends at the unofficial Flipboard Club as a way to share the Flipboard magazines you love most.  It’s easy to participate: Each Friday, simply Tweet the URL of a Flipboard magazine you love, along with the #FlipboardFriday hashtag.

But what happens after you share a magazine for #FlipboardFriday? Apart from helping to spread the word about a noteworthy Flipboard magazine, volunteers from the Flipboard Club also search the hashtag to review the weekly recommendations. They then [...]

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Find Inspiration for Your Inner Easter Bunny


Easter is this Sunday, April 20. If your local Easter Bunny is still looking for ways to make an Easter Egg Hunt more interesting, take a look at MagMaker Andrea Folsom’s Beautiful DIY Easter Eggs magazine.

Inside you’ll find creative ideas to make Easter more colorful, including some clever (and quick!) techniques to decorate eggs without messy dyes:


Don’t miss Andrea Folsom’s other DIY magazines, via her Flipboard profile.

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These Flipboard Magazines Were Made for TV


Couch potatoes, rejoice: TV is here to stay. Our changing media habits haven’t traded depth for distribution. Shows like Game of Thrones, Mad Men and Justified prove that we crave substance, surprise and storytelling in equal measure. Yet we also want to watch our favorite shows anywhere or anytime — with or without a dedicated TV set.

There’s a lot of navigation required in the new world of television, but you don’t need to get off the couch to find out what to watch. Instead, read these television-themed magazines by Flipboard MagMakers to [...]

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Select a Beautiful Cover Image to Make Your Magazine More Awesome


This is a tale of two Flipboard magazines.

Both are Ridiculously Awesome. Both were created by the same person, and both contain the same content.  Yet as you can see above: the magazine on the right really does look ridiculously awesome. But the mag on the left looks…not so awesome at all.

Actually, these two magazines are almost exactly the same. The only difference is the cover image. As you can tell, the cover does a lot to make a first impression. Which would you want to read?

By default, Flipboard [...]

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Into the Wild with Flipboard MagMaker Heather Green


MagMaker Heather Green lives in the wilds of southern Florida, 20 miles from the closest town, with her husband, two horses, five chickens, and one Great Dane. She also has 37 terrific Flipboard magazines covering a wide assortment of topics — from RVs and Jeeps to photography tips, Florida panthers, and… Bigfoot. Heather caught our attention shortly after we launched Flipboard magazines in 2013, and her magazines have only gotten better over time. We decided it was time to say hello.

Flipboard: Your magazines cover a lot of different [...]

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How to Teach a Room Full of Landscaping Contractors How to Create Their Own Flipboard Magazines


Late last month, dozens of landscape contractors gathered in Chicago to learn how to create and curate Flipboard magazines. By all accounts it turned out to be a remarkable session.

All the contractors were affiliated with Aquascape, a company that specializes in the sale and installation of landscaped water-features such as ponds, water gardens, and backyard ecosystems. Aquascape CEO Greg Wittstock has become an enthusiastic Flipboard user in recent months, and he was quick to realize that Aquascape contractors could also use Flipboard magazines to share design ideas with potential clients.

That’s why [...]

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Thank You for an Incredible Year of Flipboard MagMaking


One year ago, on March 27, 2013, we unveiled Flipboard 2.0 — the version of Flipboard that enabled anyone to collect and share their favorite articles, photos, videos and audio in Flipboard magazines. When we launched magazines, we didn’t know exactly how our community would use them… but we knew you would amaze us.

Fast-forward one year, and we’ve seen the evidence: There are magazines that inspire and inform us. We see magazines that are beautiful, magazines that reflect your passions, magazines that make us laugh, and magazine that feel like [...]

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Use This Trick to Find Cool Flipboard Magazines


Looking for something new to read? There are a few places to start, including Flipboard’s staff-curated #MagsWeLove and By Our Readers feeds.

But if you’d like to go direct — to find new magazines shared by other Flipboard MagMakers and readers — Flipboard Club founder Aida B. wrote us recently to share a handy tip.  She suggests using Flipboard to search Twitter:

One of the best ways to keep up with new Flipboard magazines by the general public is to search Twitter within the Flipboard app. What’s really cool about Flipboard’s search is [...]

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Enjoy SXSW 2014, in Austin or Elsewhere, with These Flipboard Magazines


The South by Southwest (SXSW) conference is underway right now in Austin, Texas. For the next few days, tens of thousands of attendees will immerse themselves in the unique mix of art, technology, film, music, food and Texas charm that has made SXSW a haven for trendsetting cool.

If you’re attending SXSW 2014 or just following along from home, our friends at the Flipboard Club have launched an impressive series of co-curated magazines to cover all the action:

SXSW 2014,  a digest of news about all facets of the SXSW, by [...]

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A Flipboard Magazine Built for Life on the Road


This is United Van Lines Driver Kelly Dubue. He’s reading Mobile Trucking Magazine in the cab of his truck while waiting to unload a shipment at a warehouse in Ottawa, Canada.

We’ve written about the ways professionals can use Flipboard magazines to share news about industry topics and trends. Mobile Trucking Magazine does just that, although it was created for a group of professionals who seldom set foot in a traditional office environment: Long-haul truck drivers.

Mobile Trucking is a new magazine curated by Dale Booth, VP of Operations for the Boyd Group [...]

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A Mother’s Life, Remembered on Flipboard


To familiarize himself with magazine-making on Flipboard, genealogy enthusiast Randy Seaver curated photos and articles about his mother into a Flipboard magazine. Then he wrote a blog post about it:

I pondered… how I might use [Flipboard] to introduce my extended family to the collected family pictures and stories about their ancestors. I know that there are other programs and apps that can do this, but Flipboard really appealed to me, and it has on both browser and mobile app versions.

Randy does a nice job of walking the reader through [...]

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Clever Idea: A Flipboard Magazine with Its Own Twitter Account


This was fun to discover…

We love it when people create Flipboard magazines to extend brands that already exist in traditional or digital media.

But @UpInTheAirMag by Daniel Stecher is the first time we’ve seen a Twitter account created explicitly to support a Flipboard magazine — in this case, Daniel’s 2013 Best of #MagsWeLove commercial aviation magazine, Up In The Air.

Good thinking, Daniel! It’s a clever idea, and extra credit for including his magazine’s web URL in the Twitter profile.  Fingers crossed, we hope to see more of this happen in [...]

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Mangia! Flipboard Magazines for People Who Love Italian Food


Even if you weren’t born in Italy, you may be the kind of person who becomes Italian at mealtime.

Italian chefs spent hundreds of years perfecting a regional food tradition that uses fresh ingredients to create hearty, satisfying dishes. Today, that cuisine has adapted itself to kitchens all over the world. From Tuscany to Tokyo to Tulsa, the simplicity and accessibility of Italian-style cooking has allowed it to thrive. It’s also popular on Flipboard — thanks to MagMakers who have created magazines dedicated to Italian cuisine.  Here are a few that made us [...]

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Hillel Fuld’s Favorite Magazines About Tech


Hillel Fuld is the chief marketing officer of a young startup called Zula that originally launched at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco. Before that, he built a reputation as a blogger and tech authority in Israel. A peek at Hillel’s Flipboard profile reveals an impressive collection of his own magazines about technology and entrepreneurship (Hint: Don’t miss Hilzgazine).

We wanted to know what Flipboard magazines Hillel reads to keep pace with the world of tech. These are his go-to sources:

1. Startup News, created by Robert Scoble Scoble invited me to co-curate this magazine, [...]

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Made With Love: Our Valentine for Flipboard MagMakers


It’s Valentine’s Day, and we’re feeling the love for our community of Flipboard MagMakers.

To express our affection, we’re pleased to unveil our MagMaker Valentines, very special magazine created by Flipboard staff for the talented people who curate the magazines we read regularly. Inside, you’ll see Flipboard designers, engineers, marketers and editors posing with the magazines they love most. This Valentine was made with love, and it’s a big wet kiss to everyone who inspires us to pursue our passions.

For example, Deanne loves the way she gets hungry every time she [...]

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See Sochi 2014 from a Different Perspective


The 2014 Olympic Winter Games are underway in Sochi, and if you’ve got a television, you’ve got an excellent view of the competition. But there’s lots more to see at Sochi, and these Flipboard magazines offer a perspective  you won’t find on TV.


SochiGrams 2014 by the curators from Team Flipboard Club collects Instagram photos posted from the accounts of Olympic athletes. Want to know what it’s like to experience Sochi as an Olympian? Start here:



Sochi Selfies by Derek Evans captures the enthusiasm [...]

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Test Drive the Flipboard Bookmarklet


A crack team of Flipboard designers and engineers recently gave Flipboard’s Flip It web bookmarklet a handsome makeover for 2014. The updated Flip It bookmarklet makes it even easier to flip content into your magazines — all on one screen. Here’s a quick tour of the highlights:

Select an Image Whenever possible, Flipboard automatically selects an image to display with your article. If you like that image, you’re all set — just choose one of your magazines, click the Add button at bottom right, and you’re done.

To select a different image [...]

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Magazines to Restore Your New Year’s Resolution


It’s the last day of January, which means it’s been a month since you started your New Year’s Resolutions. So… how’s it going? If taking better care of yourself was on your 2014 to-do list,  these Flipboard magazines can help you meet your goals.

The Healthy Way by Stacy Teet is a beautiful to better living:


Fitness by Jennifer Phillips is full of simple exercise routines that you can do during a busy day:



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