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Studied: MA Furniture Design & Technology Role: Assistant Editor, FX Magazine
From having designs on publishing to publishing the best designs...
FX is a leading monthly interior design magazine. As well as reporting on design trends, the magazine also organises and hosts the annual FX Awards, recognised by the Design Council as the leading awards for the contract interior design industry.
"As Assistant Editor, it's my job to secure content for our magazine. I not only meet with the editor to talk through material, I get to meet some real design veterans too, such as Thomas Heatherwick, Sir Terence Conran, Wayne Hemmingway and Daniel Weil - and it's just as exciting meeting new and emerging architects and designers too. Meeting the design community is definitely a job highlight!
"I build relationships with designers, architectural practices, PR and marketing companies, museums, educational institutions and manufacturers to establish feature leads, as well as tweet daily, provide website content and work with our art director on imagery. I'd say 98% of my job is communicating with people in one form or another! Plus, each year we host a very glitzy awards party, so I get involved with preparation and post-award work too.
"As I knew I wanted to enter a competitive industry, I chose a university that wouldn't only provide the knowledge to achieve my degree, but one that would also prepare me practically for work. The MA course has a tremendous reputation, and the level of expertise and support from the tutors and technicians was superb, as they're well established in their fields of work and study. The course's reputation also secured numerous sponsorship opportunities, which actually led to my first and second jobs after graduating! Whilst I no longer work as a designer, my passion firmly remains in the design industry. I'm a naturally creative person and my career has led my restless and curious mind on some fantastic journeys.
"I can't deny I had some cracking nights out in the Students' Union too! Making friends with like-minded people was very easy - and encouraged. I also mentored a group of first year students, and enjoyed it so much that I still coach creative young people through industry panels, design conferences and educational links.
"My advice is to enjoy your time at Bucks and be as creative and adventurous as you can! You may unearth a new passion! My career has taken me on many great journeys, lessons and experiences and I still have many years of more of that to come! That's what keeps it so interesting and I certainly do enjoy what I do."