Wednesday 13 January 2016
Art, Design, Production. Week 1
Magazine Dissection


Wednesday 20 January 2016
Art, Design, Production. Week 2
Type with Fraser Muggeridge

Fraser Muggeridge Studio


Wednesday 27 January 2016
Art, Design, Production. Week 3
Spread the Spoken Word Brief

In pairs assign each person the role of sub editor or page designer.

You will be working together to create a double page spread for a magazine.

Read through the article provided.

Decide the type of magazine you are working on and target audience your article is for.


Sub Editors

Edit the article to any length so that its tone is relevant for your target audience.

Decide on a headline, intro text and lead paragraph and select a pull quote.

How many words is the body text going to be?

What type of image would help communicate your chosen headline or pull quote?



The design decisions you make should reflect the target audience for your magazine.

Chose a font for the headline, intro text and pull quote.

How much body text have you been given and what font and font size will you use?


it may help to sketch your design out on paper first.

What type of image would help communicate the headline or pull quote?

How many images would you like to use in your spread? What size would they be?



(Article for Brief. Word count 582)

Kate Tempest has hit out at “intellectual snobbery” among poets, saying she is fed up with conflict between performance and written poetry.

Speaking at the Edinburgh international books festival on Tuesday, the The Mercury prize-nominated poet-performer also hinted that she was keen to collaborate with Björk. Asked if there were any artists she’d like to work with, she prefaced her answer: “Yes, but when I get asked that question, I think about the work artists make, how they’re so amazing and I love what they do, and that’s enough. I don’t necessarily think I need to go an get involved in what they do. I saw Björk recently when I was in New York and I was absolutely profoundly moved by what she does. But yeah, there’s lots of people I like.”

The south Londoner’s love of words has launched her into the mainstream in a whirlwind two years, culminating in a Glastonbury performance this summer. Now she’s working on a novel and a play.

Under the guidance of Picador editor and fellow poet Don Paterson, who chaired her event, Tempest said she is discovering differences between writing for the stage and the page. “Don taught me to not just see the limitation of the page. I used to just sing. You can’t perform a semicolon but the page really can. The page has a job. I’ve accepted that people understand how to read form. It’s like a secret language between the reader and the poem which I didn’t really know about before.”

Part of the lesson was that “a poem on a page isn’t finished until somebody reads it. It’s just some words on a page. But in a performance, the poem happens the minute it reaches the audience.”

Tempest insisted that in either field, poetry should be more about the audience than the performer. “That’s an opinion that ruffles a lot of feathers because poets have got quite high opinions of themselves in certain circles,” she said. “Intellectual snobbery is rife in lots of artforms. What’s exciting about performance is it takes it back to an ancient time when it wasn’t about how clever, important or educated you were. It was about how well you could communicate.”

Tempest’s passion and anger have lit up her work, ranging from her spoken word theatre hit Brand New Ancients to her her hip-hop album Everybody Down. So what else annoys her? In a nutshell: politicians, inequality and perfume. Yes, perfume.

“There’s something that’s happened recently where it’s become about the artist or musician or performer being somehow above the people they’re talking to. And it’s so that we can sell you exciting perfumes and things like that. It’s absolute nonsense.There are different pressures on female performers. What is expected of you when you walk on stage is different. I don’t give a shit because I’ve had to put myself in situations where I’ve refused to be judged on my appearance. I want people to stop looking and start listening. I’ve got myself in a position where I can walk on stage and hopefully renegotiate the rules."

“You get laughed at if you feel it. If it’s just emotional then it’s seen as female. It’s like, ‘aw, you feel. Where’s your brain?’ That is a thing that we have to carry as women. It’s something you get laughed at for. For me, it’s more important that it kicks your face in. You either care about what you love or you don’t.”

Michael MacLeod




What do subeditors do?
Charlotte Baxter

"not a single error, factual or grammatical, in this piece, it flows beautifully, the headline perfectly matches the copy and the caption sings".

Subs, or subeditors, can get a lot of stick on this site, and many people aren't really sure what we're here for – except perhaps to mess up copy or write boring/wrong/sensational headlines. But we are basically the last line of defence – whether we save a writer from a legal suit, looking daft or being simply unintelligible – and our furniture (headlines, standfirsts – also known as subheadings – and captions) can be decisive in whether a story is read or ignored.

I mainly work on the internet now, on the Comment desk. We make sure copy is readable, rewriting where necessary, and check facts. We don't cut copy to fit, as you do on a newspaper, but sometimes a piece may need a heavy rewrite, and we can tread a fine line between ensuring copy is clear and annoying readers familiar with the topic by over-explaining niche references.

Working online, we choose and upload pictures and add keywords and links, trying to use primary sources where possible. But the big difference is the headlines. In a newspaper, headlines can be lyrical, imaginative, off the wall. They can retain an air of mystery. On the internet, a different approach is required.

In many online contexts – on a mobile device, for example – users will see only the headline at first, so it has to stand alone and make it very clear what the piece is about. Furthermore, Google and other search engines look mainly at the headline when indexing stories, although the text in the standfirst, caption and first paragraph are also relevant. So for a piece to be easily found, we need to include search terms as near the beginning of the headline as possible. The challenge is to still make it interesting and fun within these constraints. Sometimes we'll slip a pun in after we've got the keywords out of the way, or use the keywords as a kicker, or similar. The trick is to try, hopefully relatively seamlessly, to integrate the keywords into a coherent line.

Another common complaint of subbing is that the wrong angle has been taken in the headline and standfirst. Often with a complex piece, getting across the thrust of the argument in a few words can be our most challenging task, and sometimes readers will disagree with our decision. There is an element of subjectivity here, which is one of the reasons a "revise" sub takes a look before the piece goes online.

Picture decisions can also irritate readers. We always prefer to use images if we can, and another challenge can be to find something relevant. Sometimes our choice can appear tangential, but it may present an opportunity to pull out a quote from the piece, as well as reinforce the keywords for search engines. There are exceptions – if a story is sensitive or philosophical, using stock images can be insensitive or irrelevant.





Wednesday 3 February 2016
Art, Design, Production. Week 4
Images and Picture Editing

Karin Andreasson
Picture editor, features
Guardian News & Media










Wednesday 11 February 2016
Art, Design, Production. Week 5
Production and Print Preparation

Print on Demand (Digital Printers)
Newspaper Printers
Newspaper Club http://www.newspaperclub.com/

Books and Magazines
Blurb http://www.blurb.co.uk/magazine
Lulu http://www.lulu.com/
Peecho https://www.peecho.com/
MagCloud http://www.magcloud.com/
Scribd http://www.scribd.com/
Squidoo http://www.squidoo.com/Art-pod

Digital Printers
Premier Group http://www.premierprintgroup.com/
Moore Print http://www.mooreprint.co.uk/
MTA Digital http://www.mtadigital.co.uk/
Short Run Press http://www.shortrunpress.co.uk/
Digital Printing Press (hp indigo)

Lithographic Printers

Aldgate Press http://www.aldgatepress.co.uk/
Short Run Press http://www.shortrunpress.co.uk/
Calverts http://www.calverts.coop/
Die Keure http://www.diekeure.be/
Cassochrome http://www.csc.be/
Offset litho printing process

Copy Shops: Photocopy and Laser printing
Service Point http://www.servicepointuk.com/
Kinkos http://www.fedexkinkos.co.uk/
KopyKat http://www.kopykat.co.uk

Riso Printers
HATO PRESS http://hatopress.net/printing/
STUDIO OPERATIVE www.studio-operative.co.uk
TWO PRESS STUDIO http://www.two-press.co.uk/

Screen Printing
K2 http://www.k2screen.co.uk/
Print Club http://printclublondon.com/

Paper Suppliers
Paperback http://paperback.coop/
Fedrigoni http://www.fedrigoni.co.uk/
Fenner Paper http://www.fennerpaper.co.uk/
Types of paper finish

Book Binders
J M Muir http://www.jmuirbookbinders.co.uk/
Wyvern Bindery http://www.wyvernbindery.com/
Collis Bird & Withey http://www.thesisbookbinding.co.uk/
City Binders http://www.citybinders.co.uk/
Henningham Family Press http://henninghamfamilypress.co.uk/
The Beautiful Book http://www.thebeautifulbook.co.uk/

Terminolgy for Print Spec and Quotes
The Magazine Printer http://www.magprint.co.uk/D6727A51.en.aspx


Brief: 'Every Printing Resource in LCC'

Split into 4 groups.
Each group will explore one of the following areas at LCC:

Group 1. Media Block
Group 2. Design Block and Canteen
Group 3. Workshop Block
Group 4. Library / Reception / Student Union / Typo Cafe

Collect an example from every printing device in your area. Be imaginative. This could include recipts, lazer cutters or stamps.
Don't be afraid to knock on a door and ask the technician or staff for a print sample.
Write clearly on the front of the lower right-hand side of each sample the name of the printing process and its location.
e.g. Ricoh Colour Photocopier, 2nd Floor Design Block
Bring your selection back to class for a discussion.


Wednesday 17 February 2016
Art, Design, Production. Week 6
Spread the Spoken Word Evaluation / Content Collation

Magazine Themes


Call for Submissions: OOMK Issue 5
Theme: Collecting 
Deadline 1st March 2016

The theme for OOMK #5 is Collecting. We are looking for original articles, essays, creative non-fiction, reviews, lists, and/or recent art, illustration and photography. Here are some ideas: personal collections, seeking, collecting in art practice, gathering, archives, libraries, museums, memorabilia, collecting and curating online, lists, collectibles, methods of acquiring, displaying and sharing, obsessions. More general submissions relating to women, spirituality, creative practices and exploration are also very welcome! 

One of My Kind (OOMK) is a highly visual, handcrafted small-press publication.. Each issue centres around different a creative theme, with more general content exploring topics of faith, activism and identity. 

The Gourmand
The Gourmand is an award winning, biannual food and culture journal.

Dirty Furniture 
Dirty Furniture is a new independent biannual design magazine that uncovers the relationship between people and the things they live with. 


Visual Rhythm

Simon Esterson: Designing the pages of Eye Magazine


Wednesday 24 February 2016
Art, Design, Production. Week 7
Publisher's Meeting. New Project. The Secret South

For this 8-week project, we will collectively design, edit and publish a small magazine. Each student will be allocated a role within the publication as journalist, editor, designer, publisher etc.
You will collectively research ideas for the magazine and commission written and visual articles that will be edited and designed by the team. Each session will start at 10am with a publisher’s meeting to plan content and allocate workload for each session.


Wednesday 9 March 2016
Art, Design, Production. Week 9
Magazine Project


Publishing Meeting

Review last weeks research trip
Present photographs

Allocate roles
Decide WHO the audience is for our magazine

2 hours to write and design an article on Pop Brixton to present to ther class at 12.45



10.30 - 11.30

6-8 editors (1 hour)
Managed by Managing Editors

Collectively write an article on Pop Brixton in 1 hour
Decide on a 'voice' and allocate sectiomns

Intro (150)
Visual Description (150)
History / Funders (150)
Events (150)
Food for Sale (150)
Stall Holder Focus (150)
Other (150)

Edit someone elses text
Sub Editor write a headline, Lead text and  Pull Quote
11.30 Handover to Designers


12 - 12.30

Managing Editors meet with Editors to suggest and commission articles.
Present ideas to designers by end of lesson


View spreads and decide on style to proceed with.



10.30 -  11.00

Art Directors and Designers 
Discuss style choices based on chosen target audience

Page size


Work in pairs
Plan a layout for your article
With Picture Desk select images for your story

11.30 - 12.45

Use edited images from picture desk
Use edited text from editors
Work on design ideas for article on Pop Brixton to present to group at 12.45
2 - 4 pages
1,000 word article
Headline, Strapline, Pull Quote

Take break when appropriate


Present spreads and decide on style to proceed with.


Picture Desk


Present photographs to designers
Edit selected photographs and prepare to handover for article


Wednesday 16 March 2016
Art, Design, Production. Week 10
Magazine Project


10 – 10.45am
Recap last week
Decide title of magazine

South of the River
Secret South
South Enders

Split into 2 groups

Journalists (led by Managing Editors)
Talk through article ideas and decide which story you will go ahead with.

Designers (led by Art Directors)
Talk through layout ideas from last week
Pick out the ideas that you like and start to make a list that will become the house style book.
Fonts /Spacing / Grid / Graphics / Use of photographs

10.45 – 11.30

Pair up Designers and Journalists and Photographers
Talk through articles and how they can work as page layouts.
Complete article description and create a new blog post.

12 – 1pm

Journalists. Research for your articles and work out schedule for work over Easter
Designers. Design a logo, type up house style rules
Photographers. make a plan for shooting over Easter

Publishers, Managing Editors, Art Directors
Look through the content and begin to make a page plan for magazine.

Next Session: Wednesday 20 April