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Creativity is not something that can be taught. It’s either there or it’s not. But I do believe it can be nurtured, and the technical skill that’s needed for the real world can be honed. Shillington is the perfect environment for that.

Creative Director, Hello May

Sophie Lord

Where do you work?

I run Hello May, a bridal magazine for the creatively-inclined, Etsy-loving, non-bridal bride. I founded the magazine in 2012. Hello May is jam-packed full of fashion, DIY and real weddings, and focuses heavily on the talented humans that make up the creative side of the wedding industry. Graphic artists that branched off into designing wedding invitations, fine art and fashion photographers that dabble in shooting weddings on the weekends, production designers that have turned to styling and event planning … that kind of thing.

What do you love about magazine design?

I love that you’re just given a bunch of Word documents and photos and it is down to you to put all that content together in a way that will draw a reader in and take them on a journey cover to cover. Technical skill is really important. I can spot something that is 1mm out from a mile away! Margins, column widths and clear navigation are all extremely important, and consistency is key. There’s nothing worse than reading a magazine and not knowing if a feature has ended and another has begun. That leads to a very frustrated reader who won’t be picking up your magazine again. Reading a magazine is meant to be relaxing!

Most of all, I love that, at the end of the deadline, and after a whole heap of blood, sweat and tears, you have a tangible product that you can hold in your hands. When we get the preview copy back from the printers there’s always that moment of “Shit, I made this magazine!” It’s a pretty cool feeling!

Any advice to graduating students?

Get all the experience you can.  If you know someone in the industry then heckle them like crazy about coming in to the office and working for free. You want to be there when a job becomes available because you’ll be the first person they think of! That’s how I got my start and that’s how the majority of my magazine friends started out too. If you don’t know anyone, persistence is key.  I know there’s a lot of negativity around internships and unpaid work. Look at it this way: you’re getting paid in valuable experience. Just be careful that you’re not used and abused.

Another great tip for those looking to get into the big bad world of publishing is to intern at smaller publications with smaller staff numbers. Trust me. It’s the difference between spending six months getting coffee, opening mail and cleaning out the fashion cupboard or spending those six months actually designing pages and learning about the production and the pre-press process and how to mark up a proof and lay out a feature.

But the most valuable piece of advice I can give is just be a nice human being. Nobody wants to share an office with an a**hole. 

Lori Beth Kaye
Senior Product Designer, The Iconic

Ray Wong
Designer, Oink Creative

Keiran McCann
Graphic Designer, Victoria’s Secret

Emily Campos
UX Designer, Wix

Jaira Adlawan
Senior Visual Designer, Sephora

Ani Monteleone
Designer, The Wall Street Journal

Hamish Snow
Designer, Josephmark

Eleanor Robertson
Designer, Paul Belford Ltd

Gerald Torto
Strategist, Re Agency

Linda Gao
Designer, HBO

Ella Donald & Charlotte Carnegie Brown
Co-Founders, Studio Duzi

Sinead Murphy
Freelance Graphic Designer

Bianca Oggiano
Designer, Design Haus Liberty

Christopher J Porter
Designer, I See Sea

Dominika Stanczyk
Designer, Open Water

Katie Lodge
Business Development Manager, Frost* collective

Amee Wilson
Art Director, Clemenger BBDO

Jordan Demetriou
Junior Designer, Principals

Ashley Ronning
Illustrator and Founder of Helio Press

Emily Somers
Founder, Bravery Co.

Anara Davletaliyeva
UX Designer and Developer, Appliances Online

Erin Gale
Designer, Target

Tiffany Yee
Designer, Forever 21

Amy Sheehan
Art Director, Insider Inc.

Emma Ladlow
Designer, University of Nottingham Students' Union

Braden Floris
Designer, GoFundMe

Alexis Waller
Art Director, Apple Inc.

Halah El Kholy
In-House Designer, Brew Tea Co

Alexander Rog
Junior Designer, oOh!

Jessica Bakker
Junior Graphic Designer, Beyond Communications

Bianca Chu
Senior Designer, eBay

Tally Thompson
Graphic Designer, Awesome Creative

Greg Bemis
Creative, Nike

Arnold Omanyo
UX/UI Designer, Digital on Demand

Tahmena Lutfi
Digital Designer, Qantas and Jetstar Hotels

Meredith Wallis
Designer, King & Partners

Miranda Mayne
Freelance Graphic Designer

Lindsay Koffler
Graphic Designer, Refinery29

Bobby Hendry
Designer, Brilliant Logic

Anika George
Designer, AKQA

Mark Osmond
Designer, Thumbs Up!

Lily Moore
Designer at Sotheby’s

Liana Modolo
UX Designer, Rex Software

Victoire Scherer
Junior Graphic Designer, Neoscape

Mikel McCavana
Designer, Moment

Kelly Hansen
Graphic Designer, Amazon Books

Alexander Wu-Kim
Concept Creative, ANDPEOPLE Australia

Kirsten McColl
Designer, WH-O

Nicole Rogers
Designer, Birchbox

Frankie Young
Founder, Studio Neubau

Pooja Dharia
Branding Designer, FCB Health

Jackson Todd
Art Director, Van Der Zwaag

Dawn Moloney
Founder, A Making Life

Caroline Keefe
Freelance, Nickelodeon

Sophie Lord
Creative Director, Hello May

Ocki Magill
Founder, Letter Bug Studios

Creativity is not something that can be taught. It’s either there or it’s not. But I do believe it can be nurtured, and the technical skill that’s needed for the real world can be honed. Shillington is the perfect environment for that.

Creative Director, Hello May

Sophie Lord

Where do you work?

I run Hello May, a bridal magazine for the creatively-inclined, Etsy-loving, non-bridal bride. I founded the magazine in 2012. Hello May is jam-packed full of fashion, DIY and real weddings, and focuses heavily on the talented humans that make up the creative side of the wedding industry. Graphic artists that branched off into designing wedding invitations, fine art and fashion photographers that dabble in shooting weddings on the weekends, production designers that have turned to styling and event planning … that kind of thing.

What do you love about magazine design?

I love that you’re just given a bunch of Word documents and photos and it is down to you to put all that content together in a way that will draw a reader in and take them on a journey cover to cover. Technical skill is really important. I can spot something that is 1mm out from a mile away! Margins, column widths and clear navigation are all extremely important, and consistency is key. There’s nothing worse than reading a magazine and not knowing if a feature has ended and another has begun. That leads to a very frustrated reader who won’t be picking up your magazine again. Reading a magazine is meant to be relaxing!

Most of all, I love that, at the end of the deadline, and after a whole heap of blood, sweat and tears, you have a tangible product that you can hold in your hands. When we get the preview copy back from the printers there’s always that moment of “Shit, I made this magazine!” It’s a pretty cool feeling!

Any advice to graduating students?

Get all the experience you can.  If you know someone in the industry then heckle them like crazy about coming in to the office and working for free. You want to be there when a job becomes available because you’ll be the first person they think of! That’s how I got my start and that’s how the majority of my magazine friends started out too. If you don’t know anyone, persistence is key.  I know there’s a lot of negativity around internships and unpaid work. Look at it this way: you’re getting paid in valuable experience. Just be careful that you’re not used and abused.

Another great tip for those looking to get into the big bad world of publishing is to intern at smaller publications with smaller staff numbers. Trust me. It’s the difference between spending six months getting coffee, opening mail and cleaning out the fashion cupboard or spending those six months actually designing pages and learning about the production and the pre-press process and how to mark up a proof and lay out a feature.

But the most valuable piece of advice I can give is just be a nice human being. Nobody wants to share an office with an a**hole. 

Andy Vargas
Designer, Bitâcora

Moshe Bien
Designer, Nucleus

Crystal Lin
Designer, DNA Design

Stephen Grace
Designer, Christopher Doyle & Co.

Jing Ong
Designer, Autumn

Paul and Amoni Liddell
Graphic Designers, Westpac CX and Feel

Eleanor Rogers
Letterpress Printer, Chapel Press

Andy Tharagonnet
Designer, ThumbsUp

Erin Donati
Founder, Harley Quinn & Co.

Ben Peters
Freelance Graphic Designer

Brad Holten
Designer, Big Idea

Natalia Baker
Freelance Graphic Designer

Guy Pittard
Freelance Graphic Designer

Bea Sambalido
Freelance Graphic Designer

Oceane Combeau
Designer, Fernand et Firmin

Charly Tudor
Graphic Designer, Holdens

Anna Mullin
Illustrator, Sneaky Racoon

Theo Witrylak
Visual Designer, EPAM

Stephanie Antill
Founder, St Clement Creative

Paul McKie and Myles Sharpe
Directors, Autumn

Pete Conforto
Designer, For The People

Nicol Reid
Founder, Little Creative

David Scott
Designer, The Mix

James Birks
Freelance Illustrator and Designer

Jane Durlacher
Graphic Designer, Paper Stone Scissors

Rachel Lee
Freelance Graphic Designer

Romayne Gadelrab
Freelance Graphic Designer

Janno Saft
Founder, frank wo

Roo Cassels
Designer, Big Fish

Vanessa Burgess
Graphic Designer, Tritium

Olivier Adam
Freelance Graphic Designer

Molly Sitter
Studio Designer, Spring St. Social Society

Cari Sekendur
Art Director, LMNOP Creative

Alexandra Menzies
Freelance Graphic Designer

Tim Jones
Brand Experience Director, venturethree

Carla Scotto
Freelance Graphic Designer

Meg Walker
Designer, Milkshake

Christina Capetola
Designer at Wayfair

Louise Hamer
Design Lead, We Are Empire

Ina Estrada
Founder, Par Vous Designs

Chrystal Christie
Photographer/Graphic Designer, One Round Entertainment

Ulrika Johnson
Designer, Fantasia Accessories

Sam Jacobs
Senior Designer, Time Inc.

Sean Raynor
Designer, Watermark Studio

Irina Manning
UX Designer, Manning Labs

Margherita Baldi
Freelance Visual Designer

Henriette van Baren
Graphic Designer, ABC Carpet & Home

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