The Ascender, a New Digital Magazine Focused on Futurist Thought and Innovation Launches with its First Issue, “The Sphere”

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The Ascender publishes every two weeks and will be available as a subscription on the Web.

We want to provide a oasis for beautifully crafted content where readers know they are getting a finely-tuned editorial experience.

The Ascender, a new digital magazine that explores futurist themes and thought has launched its first issue “The Sphere” after a successful Kickstarter campaign. The Ascender is geared toward curious, forward-thinking readers who want an immersive and meaningful reading experience in beautiful form that can be accessed on any device.

"Above all, we are a magazine of modern exploration,” says editorial director Johnston Ayala “Our vision is to create a dynamic, accessible, and seamless reading experience that has positive future global impact."

Featuring writers from across the globe, Ayala says that The Ascender is part of the “slower web” and provides deeper, more thought-provoking stories for readers seeking to learn about the people, places, trends and innovations shaping the future with stories traversing science, technology, the arts, humanities, and nature.

“I think there will always be a place for great long-form journalism,” Ayala says. “We want to provide a oasis for beautifully crafted content where readers know they are getting a finely-tuned editorial experience.”

The Ascender will publish three classic feature length (3000 words) stories every two weeks and is available for subscription on the web at for $3 per month. The first issue is free. The Ascender's platform, built by design partner, Marquee (, emphasizes minimalist, flat design that infuses its stories with immersive, interactive elements that compliment the narratives.

"The current magazine market is lacking a modern, minimalist publication that is focused on the future," Ayala said. "We strongly believe that strong narrative, journalism coupled with the immersive qualities of touch reading devices will enable a meaningful conversations about the future in a focused and entertaining form."

The Ascender will also be rolling out a community companion site, Exos, to supplement the magazine's content providing a venue for subscribers to explore The Ascender’s stories more deeply.

"We want to build a online platform that provides an extension of The Ascender's aesthetic and uniquely connects our readers with our editorial vision," Ayala said.

Ayala also said that he believes the publishing industry is ripe for innovation and that he hopes to push the bounds of the magazine form with The Ascender: “Essentially, The Ascender is a magazine about the future, of the future, and for the future,” he says.

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About The Ascender: The Ascender is a digital magazine dedicated to crafting beautiful immersive stories about the future. The Ascender was founded in 2013 and is independently owned and operated in Austin, TX.

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