mankind mag: issue one.

I am ABSOLUTELY thrilled to release the debut of Mankind Mag and am having the hardest time preventing an overuse of exclamation marks and caps lock. But just so you know, on my side of the screen? I’m jumping up and down with excitement.

Mankind Mag is here. For those of you that missed the prior announcements, Mankind Mag is a new monthly PDF publication from that will now be available as a print edition. Just to break it down for you:

Online = FREE. Preview it here, and download it here.
Print = $8.95. Purchase it here.

Now go, enjoy and be inspired. I leave you with the main sponsors for Mankind Mag, to which I am forever indebted to for their generosity and support. A BIG thank you to the following individuals [among our other sponsors which you can find in the inside cover of the mag!]:

AllyZabba, Edi’s Files, and Lynda Andrews-Barry: THANK YOU!

Lastly, a MASSIVE thanks to you, readers. I know I say this all the time, but can it really be said enough? I am SO inspired by you.

Taking the day off [and possibly tomorrow to catch up on sleep!], but I’ll check in from time to time to see how you’re enjoying the debut. Love to you all!

  • Hooray! Congrats to you girlie. I’m so excited, I will download it and purchase it :)

  • hooray, horrah!! congratulations Erin!! I can’t wait to browse through it. :)

  • congradulations!!! i don’t have to be to the office until later, so I’ll cozy up with the fog and savor Mankind Mag. I love this Monday. Thanks for making my morning!!!

  • yay! it looks absolutely wonderful! congrats erin :)! you inspire us all of the time. have a good rest (if you can ;)).

  • I am speechless with amazement! What a fantastic job you have done; I had no idea this is where you were going! Oh, look at all the exclamation points!!!
    I can’t wait until I can set aside some time to really go through this.
    Congratulations, I can see why you are excited!

  • Congratulations, and I can’t wait to have time to actually go through it. If its as good as your blog- you have hit a home run!

  • Can’t wait to read it, sure it’s going to be fab, go have a nice rest now!

  • Erin, this is such an incredible magazine! I love your creativity in completly thinking outside of the box in your presentation and article ideas, and I am sure other magazine publishers will take note. Thanks so much for your wonderful contribution! (And enjoy your much deserved rest) :)

  • You are amazing. you are going to be a hit.I love it. Love the format. It is just quirky and artsy enough but still fun and accessible. I am buying the real thing.

  • Erin, so far I have just browsed it, but I know why you are jumping up and down. It is deliciotastic (I just made that us) :-)

  • yea, you! you did it! i can’t wait to dive in and devour it all.


  • F A B, F A B, F A B!!!!! love all of it, especially my interview bit of course! congrats and have a nice rest now. thank you, thank you :)

  • so amazing, Erin!! i just took a brief look, and as soon as i have a moment tonight i am buying my own paper copy. great job!!

  • PS. Chris Jordan’s work was on display at my college campus gallery, where I work as a monitor. it’s amazing to see it in person. the canvases are huge and you can’t tell what they are until you’re up close. :)

  • looks amazing! The layout, design, content…everything is truly inspiring!

  • Erin!!! I´m so happy, the mag is amazing! and so beautiful. Congratulations!

  • Congrats Erin! I just flipped through the issue – so gorgeous and chalk full of good design. Enjoy your much deserved slumber!

  • congratulations Erin, it is wonderful wish it could be even longer :)
    There’s a place for everything that I love :)

  • This is fantastic!! Congrats and all of your hard work has paid off. Beautiful!

  • As expected it is absolutely stunning! I especially loved the Ella Blue story. :)

  • Congrats! It’s so lovely and minimal, yet full of pretty things. And the day planner? PERFECTION.

    Amazing job Erin! :)

  • You are truly fabulous! Love the cover, and am desperately telling that little status bar on my download window to PLEASE hurry itself up!

  • ohhh and your ella bleu photobook is gorgeous!!! love every bit of it!!! :)

  • Congrats on the new mag! It’s amazing.

    Very, very nice. Well done :)

  • Just finished reading it! I love the clean/fresh vibe it gives from cover to cover.
    Also- the hand art story… LOVED the part about her mother and how the artist ‘did’ her hands even if no one else will ever see the artwork published (as per her mother’s request). I found that to be so inspiring and beautiful. It’s like just the process she went through in creating her mother’s hands was the most important and truest aspect of the artwork instead of the finished piece. I’m so glad she honored that process, journey, and love for her mother. And thanks, Erin, for the article- for the WHOLE mag!

  • Well done, sweetie! Congrats to you! The issue is absolutely fab! I really adore it – beautiful and clean writing! You are truly talented!

  • Repetitive, I know, but Have to say- Fabulous! Absolutely, love. Kudos my friend :)

  • Oh it looks beautiful Erin! I will be coming back for more and more.
    Now, go get some sleep, you hard workin’ gal you!

  • You’ve done it again, Erin, and I enjoy the new format. You are amazing, my dear…

  • I know I completely overuse the word ditto, but . . .


  • AAAGGGGHHHH! THANK YOU!!!! I’ve been gone ALL AFTERNOON getting a home inspection done and this is the first look I’ve gotten of the magazine. YOU ARE SO AWESOME!!!!! Thank you a million times. :) I

  • Fantastic job – your hard work shows! I’ve found some inspiration on a day I wasn’t really feeling it. Well done!

  • gorgeous, gorgeous!! i especially loved the visual interview with images answering the questions along with words. very cool.

  • I love the layout and the illustrations…such a refreshingly original idea in a time where everything is done again and again. Good for you and best of luck!!

  • Congrats! What a great accomplishment for you….and a treat for all of us.

  • I’m Very excited Erin!Looks GREAT!! See you after you catch up on some much needed sleep!*a

  • so so so so excited for you!~ off to check it out now. this is wonderful news indeed (and worthy of MANY CAPS and exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!)!

  • eek so exciting i can’t even say anymore right now. just that i’m on a sailboat somewhere off NC and i’m stealing wireless just to look at this!!! :) well done!

  • I especially loved the 101 things page…the whole mag is just lovely. I’m going to make some tea and take my time paging through. Congrats!

  • I loved it! I don’t blame you for being so excited. It is fab!

  • Oh my goodness; thank you so so so much for all of your sweet comments. I’ve read each and every one of them and the tears are welling!

    I know it’s just a small contribution, but I so hope I can give back in the same manner each month. You have all been such an inspiration to me!!!!


  • Whooooo Hooooo!!!!!! Congratulations Erin! Hope you are able to catch up on sleep and have a great few days off. Can’t wait to read it!

  • Congrats! Congrat! Congrats!
    Hands clapping over here on my end!

  • you’re going over 100 comments for sure on this post, i have to imagine! you did it! fabulous job!

  • No way. Everyone’s already said what I wanted to say. Well done, well done, well done. I know what it’s like to get a print publication out and you’re a doll for giving it your all.

  • S0 exciting — and I’m thrilled to be one of the inaugural advertisers. Beautiful job, Erin! Blogging about it right now…

  • YAYYY!! I’m so excited! Well done Erin! Am going to go check it out now :)

  • Oh, I just realised I can’t buy the print version because shipping is fot the US only – damn!! But never mind, I’ll download it. It looks fantastic Erin – great work!!

  • Congratulations! I can’t wait to DEVOUR the first issue. You are a true inspiration. Now go get some much deserved sleep, my friend:)

  • Oh my goodness! I love it, it’s so beautiful and refreshing. I can’t wait to get my copy and enjoy every delicious page. . . surrounded by fluffy pillows. . . on a soft blanket . . . under a large shade tree.
    But right now I have to go paint my washing machine yellow. July is going to be so fun!

  • Congratulations! The magazine is fantastic, as we all knew it would be!

  • So very exciting, can’t wait to catch up with the whole thing when I return home – just had to check in to say a great big WELL DONE!!!

  • congratulations! i just “flipped” through it and it looks just as wonderful as i imagined!

  • Wahoo!

    It’s lovely!

    Well done you. Take all the sleep you need.

  • Oh Erin, this is beautiful and fantastic and just so lovely to see! You’ve done an absolutely AMAZING job. I’ve downloaded already and am off to buy the print version too… Love it to pieces! xx

  • Oh but it doesn’t ship overseas :(
    Is there any way I can have myself a hard copy all the way over here in little England?

  • Oh I so want to buy a copy of this- but like a few other people have said it doesn’t ship overseas- is there anyway you could ask if there are some friendly people who would be willing to post a copy over to us?

  • This is so wonderful, and it looks like it took SO much work. How in the world did you manage this and your regular content? You must be the most disciplined person!

  • I´m dowloading mankind mag as we “speak” and counting the seconds before I can open it.

    Huge congratulations, you deserve them!

  • thats awesome 36 pages….yipppeee- cup of tea and laptop in bed-here i come! xo

  • I’ve taken a deep breath before downloading the Mag……….. Wowwwwwwww! it’s an excellent work, Erin! It shows your great big heart! What I most like is the way you approach beauty: you are so natural, so familiar… Everything is lovely here!! And I’ve discovered great art and artists too!
    Thanks for thinking of me for your project. I couldn’t be more proud, more excited, more thankful.
    Please, there must be a way to send some copies overseas, please, please. I NEED to buy one right now!!
    Erin, you are a modern superhero!

  • Awwww, Esti— you are the sweetest thing in the world. Send me your addy and I’ll be sure you get a copy. ;)

  • I ordered it, I ordered it! I don’t even want to peek at it online. I can’t wait to get it in the mail…wheeeeee! You are an inspiration to all of us. thanks sweet Erin!

  • Aww, thank you so much, dear. Truly! YOU are the inspiration!

  • SO very impressive! I don’t know how you do it ALL, Erin!

    Cheer to you!

  • Congrats to a splendid issue! Keep the good works up!!!!!

    And I understand that you want to use these!

  • this is HUG! you’re amazing. and it’s really so beautiful. wow.

  • Love it!! I saw a link to your mag on and I’m addicted. Great job!!

  • Oh my— thank you so so much, Stephanie! Kirtsy? I had no idea!!!!

  • Oh nice! Yay, I’ve been bad these past two weeks and haven’t had the time read my fave blogs and what a great welcome back sign!!!! Can’t wait to read this one… ok gotta go read!

  • Erin:

    I’m playing catch up here…

    It’s ***amazing***! Wow–a true star in the making. Congratulations and then some!!!

  • Congratulations Erin! Assuming you get to comment 112, I would like to say that you are amazing and it is incredible how much hard work you put into this simply beautiful mag! No wonder you needed to catch up on lost sleep! :) All the very best and I cannot wait for the next issue!

  • Of COURSE I got to comment 112— I read them all and love them more! :)

    Anyway, thank you dear Melissa [and others!!!]. You have been such an encouragement to me!

  • Wowzer!!! congrats on this amazing venture! I cant wait to order one!! YOu are truly inspiring!!

  • the magazine is AMAZING! it’s aesthetically perfect and interesting too!
    congrats! :]

  • Congratulations Erin! It is so beautiful and wonderful. Just wow- is all I can say at the moment. Thank you so very much.

  • *pant pant pant*
    Belated comment here – I miss you, too! Congratulations on the launch of the beautiful mankind mag. I LOVE it (of course). It is obvious you’ve put time, love, care and so much of yourself into it. Love it!

  • A belated belated comment, but heartfelt none the less….Congratulations! You have put so much into this and it shows. You make me think of one of my favorite quotes by Charles Mingus. “Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.”

  • Awww, I love the belated comments! I can’t thank you enough, and Jae— what a BEAUTIFUL quote that is! :)

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying the mag. Truly, it was such fun to make. :)

  • it is so simply elegant and beautiful. you did a fantastic job !!!! (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

  • CONGRATULATIONS!!! A very fantastic, original, simply and beautiful magazine! i haven’t another words.

  • ps. i saw a lightening bug last night in the middle of manhattan!

  • Sorry it has taken me so long.

    However….. CONGRATS. No one deserves this more than you!


  • LOVE IT! Especially the 101 steps to a creative july! I’m going to print it out and do a bunch! In my infinite amount of free time! *laugh* But at least try to fit a few in this month.

  • Ha!

    Thank you so so much everyone— you are too much! :) I’m so so so glad you’re enjoying it.

    Next issue? August 4th!

  • fab-o-lusss! no, really…totally fabulous. it was especially nice being read to santogold. congratulations erin :D

  • who did the cover artwork? it’s amazing!! (I don’t see any mention on your post) Is it yours?

  • Hi Anonymous!

    I only wish it were mine! :) The cover work belongs to Amy Soczka. Her contact info is listed in the mag credits— you should shoot her an email. She’s quite talented! :)

  • I’ve been away so I missed your debut, but I’ve just gone through the entire mag and, I must say, you have outdone yourself, Erin. I just love it! I particularly enjoyed the feature on Thereza Rowe. Congrats!

  • I was moving homes on the day of the debut, and have been so busy since, but today I got to take a breather and read the magazine. It is gorgeous, Erin. You did a superb job!

  • I have been busy, I cant believe I am so behind on my reading. Looking forward to reading this Erin..I briefly perused it and am amazed. Take care.

  • little delayed to the party but yay! I love the 101 things at the end.

  • it’s 3:30am and i am catching up on unread posts in my feed reader, after a time away — including a couple hundred of yours! and now i come across this stunning thing! i may go into work dreary-eyed in a few hours, but at least i will be inspired. :)

  • WOW… How wonderful is this! I’m thinking of self-publishing a book of my art work… “Blogs in Paint”… working title.
    CONGRATS! I will have to check your magazine out!

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