Crowdfunding campaign for IKONA magazine ISSUE #1 and VR gallery

IKONA magazine is an independent digital-magazine about Contemporary Art outside of Pop Culture.

Editors-in-chief Maria and Nastya find young photographers and graphic artists, and through interviews uncover independent visual art. 144 dialogues have already been published on the website, the project is supported by 16 volunteer editors.

Today we have a dream. We want IKONA to become a tangible and accessible history that remains in memory for a long time. We want it to become a valuable collector’s edition magazine with limited circulation.

We are going to make the first printed issue of the magazine.

This issue will be devoted to creators born in the former Soviet republics. We will show how people born during changing times see visual art, how they understand different problems and issues within their reality.

Childhood and youth that form our personalities

Thoughtful essay series

Portrait of Russia and CIS countries

Our contributor Olga Ivanova delves into the eclectic Russian mind:

“What happens in the parallel world called Russia? An oriental taste for carpets and leopard-print dresses, female strength and male weakness, dramatic history and short memory.”

Images that remain deep in one’s mind and give impulse to reflections


And, of course, the eternal struggle of searching for inspiration.

— 176 pages of color offset printing

— thick binding

— individual packaging

This magazine is a pleasure to hold in your hands, to show to guests, and to give to your nearest and dearest. There will be no advertising to hinder your enjoyment of the magical photographs.

Designers Nikita and Ivan joined our team and have already made up 80% of the pages, with unique layout for each author.

Project got in the TOP of “Graphic design” segment on Behance.

The reader gets an opportunity to see some new names and to get inspired with energy of vibrant pages.

We have already digitally printed a color proof, prepared a test assembly of the magazine, and developed the protective packaging for transportation.


IKONA is a non-commercial project. For quality printing, we need to launch a minimum circulation of 999 copies. This is why we’re gathering pre-orders.

We made a demo-version of magazine. Subscribe and we’ll send you 22 free pages of magazine (PDF).

We’ll also notify you about the start of preorders. No spam.

If you support our project, you will not only get a unique collector’s edition of the magazine from a limited series, but you will also support young creators, most of whom are just starting out in their careers.

To raise the necessary funds we also created some additional products.

Custom laether camera straps with IKONA logo

Thick real laether and two colour options— black and brown.

Classical design combines style and high quality. Two layers of leather are creating optimal stiffness which makes the strap very balanced and comfortable to use even if you carry your camera for many hours. Original stitching prevents deformations and stretch. The leather camera strap is completely handmade, using professional Italian dyes. It will be a wonderful gift for everyone who loves photography.

Handmade IKONA notebooks

Handmade notebooks with IKONA logo carved in its cover. Two-page cover has a contrast second page (green and red) and the same design as the magazine.

We set it as our goal to make visual art accessible

That’s why our developers have created a concept for a visual gallery mobile app.

VR gallery

Creators can present their works and organize exhibitions on their own. To visit the exhibition, you need a smartphone and the affordable VR glasses.

Brand VR-glasses will be enclosed in each issue of the magazine, if we manage to collect over $35,000 in pre-orders.

Project team

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We’re historians.

Let’s create history together.