Presenting the speaker line-up
of magazines:
How has modern culture influenced the makers of magazines? How have magazines begun to direct the way we lead our lives? What is the future of making and curating content for the modern reader?

From the creators of Underscore magazine, The U Press and The U Factory, Underscore is proud to present the launch of The U Symposium, the first of its kind in Asia. Held over two days in Singapore, the publishing inspired theme for The U Symposium 2015: Magazines Contemporary brings together founders, editors and creatives of the world's most sought-after progressive magazines with personal insights into the greatest minds of the publishing industry today.
Jop van Bennekom
Editor and Creative Director

The Gentleman's Style Journal, Fantastic Man is a contemporary magazine for the stylish and style-conscious individual. Celebrating a spectacular decade of masculinity this year, it is as much about interesting personalities as it is fashion.

Created and produced by Jop van Bennekom and Gert Jonkers from their studio Top Publishers in Amsterdam, the fantastic pair are also behind BUTT Magazine, The Gentlewoman, COS magazine and, most recently, The Happy Reader, a collaboration with
Penguin Books.

Nathan Williams
Creative Director

Kinfolk is a slow lifestyle magazine that explores ways for readers to simplify their lives, cultivate community and spend more time with their friends and family.

Founded in 2011, Kinfolk is now the leading independent lifestyle magazine for young creative professionals and also produces international editions in Japan, China, Korea and Russia. Published quarterly, Kinfolk maintains a vibrant contributor base from Copenhagen to Cape Town, and hosts hundreds of global events that bring the community together.

Chris Ying

Lucky Peach is a quarterly journal of food and writing. Each issue  focuses on a single theme, and explores that theme through essays,  art, photography, and recipes.

Rob Alderson

Printed Pages is the biannual magazine from London-based arts and design publishing platform, It's Nice That.

Combining engaging and accessible content with top-notch design values, it explores unusual and unexpected art and design stories, focusing on graphic design, illustration and photography; and finds lesser-known ways to cover established creative practitioners including Sagmeister & Walsh, Jeremy Deller, Richard Turley, Eike Konig, Olafur Eliasson and Tavi Gevinson, amongst many others.

Penny Martin

The Gentlewoman celebrates modern women of style and purpose. It’s a fabulous biannual magazine that offers a fresh and intelligent perspective on fashion that’s focused on personal style – the way women actually look, think and dress.

Featuring ambitious journalism and photography of the highest quality, it showcases inspirational women through its distinctive combination of glamour, personality and warmth.

David Lane

The Gourmand is an award-winning, biannual food and culture journal. Each issue features 120 pages of specially commissioned words and images—The Gourmand's content is creative, timeless
and exclusive.

Founded in 2011 by David Lane and Marina Tweed, The Gourmand is published by Lane & Associates Ltd.

Jeremy Leslie

Jeremy Leslie looks at contemporary magazines, ranging from smaller independent titles to the best mainstream publications, in the context of today’s digital media. His book The Modern Magazine reflects the content of his blog MagCulture, which focuses on editorial design, concentrating on the current, with forays into history and a firm eye on the future.

Justin Long

A magazine attuned to a simple rhythm: quality of life. With an anecdotal approach to story-telling, Underscore seeks to underline simple values, often neglected in our everyday lives. Defined as background music, a carefully considered underscore accompanies every issue to complete the full reading experience.

Theseus Chan

W_ _K W_ _K (pronounced as “waku waku”) is the addendum publication to WERK, a design and art magazine that seeks to explore design thematics with the printed matter. Part of the crowd-funding initiative BOOSTER by Parco, W_ _K W_ _K is published in collaboration with ASHU NAKANISHIYA from Japan.

The inaugural issue showcases the works of ANREALAGE designer Kunihiko Morinaga through the lens of photographers Yoshiyuki Okuyama and Seiji Ishigaki.

Pann Lim
Creative Director

Rubbish FAMzine is a bi-annual family zine started by art collective, who are namely Claire, the 41-year-old Mom; Renn,
the 11-year-old son; Aira, the soon-to-be 9-year-old daughter and Pann, the 42-year-old Dad. In this journey, they attempt to compile all sorts of strange and not so strange beautiful absurdities that interest them
s as a family. They endeavour to express their heart and voices; sharing precious memories, forgotten moments and cherished objects through printed pages.

Join Jeremy Leslie, editor and creative director of, and author of The Modern Magazine: Visual Journalism in the Digital Era, in finding out how to give your magazine its own identity; as he illustrates what goes into designing a front cover that works in today’s newsstand.

Students need to bring their own MacBook, complete with inDesign and a good selection of fonts.
Join Rob Alderson, editor-in-chief of London-based online arts and design publishing platform, in an informal session as he explores the relationship between words and visuals in the world of modern magazines.
HJGHER is a creative consultancy with specialised backgrounds in design and behavioural science with a primary focus on Design Psychology; the science of how form and function is directly related to human emotion, cognition and behaviour.

Founded in 2006 by Justin Long and Jerry Goh, HJGHER helps brand partners by generating and executing award-winning ideas with its holistic multi-disciplinary expertise to ensure the highest return of engagement in audience perception, participation and experience.
Based in Singapore, Underscore is a media and content experience company that conceived and publishes the award-winning Underscore magazine and quarterly cultural broadsheet, The U Press. Their curated experience installations range from a weekend with The U Assembly, to months on with The U Factory, where collaborative efforts with their partnering brands and creatives bring new life and place-making to untested venues. Other notable projects include The U Café, the pop-up magazine library/café and the annual Singapore Art Book Fair, now in its second year running.

The U Symposium 2015, the inaugural first of its kind in Asia, is their most recent initiative with further expansion plans to come.
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Aesop was established in Melbourne in 1987 with a quest to create a range of superlative products for the skin, hair and body. It is committed to using both plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients of the highest quality and proven efficacy – particularly those with the greatest anti-oxidant properties. Aesop values all human endeavours undertaken with intellectual rigour, vision, and a nod to the whimsical. Every Aesop product is made with the same attention to detail it believes should be applied to life at large, taking into consideration a diversity of needs as well as seasonal and environmental conditions.
For magazine lovers, by magazine lovers. A retailer of independent magazines, our curated newsstand is stocked with established, as well as emerging, titles across multiple genres. Magpie is dedicated to preserving a love for print by combing the world for the best reads and bringing them to your doorstep.
The Projector is not your average cinema. For discerning filmgoers who want more than what’s currently available in Singaporean cinemas, The Projector is an independent new venue that presents an exceptional selection of alternative yet accessible films in a uniquely designed, old-meets-new setting. Located on Beach Road, The Projector brings new life to a bold icon of 1970s architecture. Poised to reinvent the Singaporean cinema experience, The Projector stands apart from existing chains with its bespoke film programmes, one-of-a-kind events, imaginative multi-use spaces and an inviting café. Bringing together engaging films, good food and open-minded people, this very special venue is the new go-to place for lively discussions and fresh encounters.
The Working Capitol is a workspace redefined. A hybrid of open co-working spaces, private offices, an events space, and a café, it is a multifaceted destination for knowledge-based entrepreneurs looking for new ways to work. Operating at the intersection of creativity, technology, and business, the space has all the infrastructure of a conventional office, but is specifically designed to inspire and promote a cross-pollination of ideas. At the heart of it all, The Working Capitol is about community, and helping the community get to work.
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