There is a strong affinity in terms of content between the literary magazine De Gids and the artist Constant. As with De Gids, Constant engagement with the world, with modern urban life, forms a starting point. In his view, art was not outside or on the side-lines of the world, but art was an active part of the world. This did not mean that he proposed solutions to social problems in his work, but rather brought to light the poetry of that commitment. He thus advocated an artistry that ignored institutional boxes; a degrading artistry in which the playing person was central.
De Gids explores relevant topics in literary manner. Unlike a scientific or journalistic medium, the magazine thus gives space to the imagination, layering, ambiguity and personal experiences. The editors address a theme in each issue. This theme takes up about half of the issue. These themes often arise from a collaboration with a cultural institution. Just like Constant, De Gids wants to break through boundaries, between literature and the world, and between the different arts. Therein lies the commitment of The Guide.