Editorial design became a vocation as a fresher at university when a visiting Art Director spieled on the wonder of publishing. This was 2009. The recession shortly made her team redundant.
Publishing is a strongly competitive field. Being female, the odds of getting design work are statistically slim. Cold-calling every title I could got me experience with a women’s glossy. Evenings, I designed a teen magazine.
My last £20 of student loan was spent on a book of editorial design. Graduating, a cycling title gave me a proper job.
The years of extra effort were worth it – I recouped that £20.
Grace Neal | Designer, Singletrack Magazine
Each time we get a new member of staff I try and make sure they get to spend the day at our printers watching our magazines be created from giant loo rolls of paper into gorgeous, physical products.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking what we do essentially stops at desktop publishing. Our content is the product we design, manufacture and sell every bit as much as a car’s the product designed, manufactured and sold by Audi.
We are manufacturers of content and if we lose that connection to the end product we miss the whole point.
Mark Alker | Publisher, Singletrack Magazine
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