Arts and Culture
5:37 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Austin 'Citygram' App Hopes to Launch This Spring

A group of local writers and designers are hatching Citygram, Austin’s latest digital lifestyle mag. Their vision? A free, fully interactive Apple App Store publication.

Once, a full-time electrical engineer and a part-time contributor to Apartment Therapy, Founding Editor Chris Perez abandoned his day job to create this Austin showcase. He and nine contributors – including AustinEavesdropper Tolly Moseley – are dedicated to the cause.

Citygram will share stories about Austin culture and lifestyle from locals engaged in those fields every day. For example, Perez explains, “A prominent local artist will bring you stories on trends in the maker community. Respected interior designers will bring you practical tips and lessons in responsible design. A doctor and nutritionist will bring you articles on health and nutrition.”

Perez sees amazing power in the small Citygram team: “We all have a love for the community that makes this city great, and we believe this magazine can help our community reach new audiences. We can give local makers and artists a new worldwide channel to showcase their work and talents. We can help broadcast the great non-profit causes and messages that mean something not just to Austin, but to everyone in this modern era.”

Citygram launched a one-month Kickstarter campaign with a goal of $10,000 to power their lift off by financing the app development. In the first week, they rallied $1,786 in pledges, or 18 percent of the total goal that must be reached by May 2. But with less than a week to go, the group still needs to raise more than $7,000.