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Dumbo Feather magazine has launched its iPad app, which is available for free download worldwide, featuring over 75 long form conversations with extraordinary people across enterprise, education, science, environment, politics, design and the arts.

The launch version of the app includes all conversations from issues 20 to 35 of the magazine as well as video and extended image galleries. Over the next six months the remaining back issues of the magazine will be released through the app (all for free), including the very first issue, published in 2004.

A unique feature of the app is its bespoke ‘Tickle My Fancy’ selector, where users can select a personality trait (I want to read about someone who is… humble / fearless / innovative etc.) and a desired action (I want to… dream big / change my life / start a movement etc.). Based on specific algorithms embedded into each conversation, the user is then presented with a curated page of suggested articles.

Users can also search and sort conversations by Topic, Recent, Popular, and browse through Issues via the Cover Flow. The ‘My Feathers’ function allows users to bookmark their favourite conversations for later reading, or to share with friends through Facebook, Twitter and email.

“We have been developing this app for over a year and it is a truly extraordinary resource that we cannot wait to share with our worldwide community. To be able to create a space where people can discover inspirational stories from our now highly-collectable back issues, as well as our most recent, is really exciting,” says Dumbo Feather Publisher and Editor Berry Liberman.

Featured conversations in the app include Tyler Brûlé (editor-in-chief of Monocle magazine), illustrator Maria Kalman, comedian Simon Amstell, media mogul Mia Freedman, chef Kylie Kwong, education reformer Sir Ken Robinson, philosopher Alain de Botton, artist Del Kathryn Barton, vulnerability researcher Brené Brown and the curator of TED, Chris Anderson. Throw in an ex-monk, a font master, a badass yarn bomber, an urban renewalist and a giraffe protector for good measure and you’ll get an idea of the numerous extraordinary people involved.

“The underpinning aim of Dumbo Feather, which drives us every day, is to inspire people to want to change the world by sharing stories of people doing incredible things. By offering the app for free and sharing our entire collection of these extraordinary stories we hope to continue to inspire people to live and dream big,” says Liberman.

Designed in-house and developed by RD2, Inc, the Dumbo Feather iPad app is made possible thanks to the generous support of almost 300 individuals and businesses that pledged to Dumbo Feather’s Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign.

The app is proudly sponsored by the Commonwealth Bank—whose support means that the app is free for everyone to download and access.

The Dumbo Feather iPad app is now available on the App Store. Click here to download the app. (

The app is compatible with iPad 2 (and above) including iPad mini.

ABOUT Dumbo Feather

Behind extraordinary ideas, there are extraordinary people. Dumbo Feather is a magazine about these people. In each issue, Dumbo Feather scours the globe for those with the drive to make a difference. It seeks out those who inspire, those who excite, and those who thrill with possibility. Whether they’ve touched millions or just those nearby, what unites them is their passion.

Dumbo Feather readers are people who want to be told a different story than the one they hear every day. Each quarterly issue features five extended (20 page) profiles of people worth knowing.