I couldn't sleep and grabbed my paper pad and attempted to draw..I cannot draw even though there is some serious talent on both sides of my family. I sat there for a while thinking when my thoughts came to magazines (vogue inparticular) and I got to work at doing a draft copy of a vogue. I really enjoyed it I did the cover,content and even the advertisements.
I'm not sure whether it was good but I realised...that maybe because I love it so much I could have a career it in. Like designing the layout, cover, the photographs and stories.
I know there are many careers that include these kinds of things. Could you please tell me some off them. So perhaps I know where to start.
I currently work for a magazine. Planet Magazine. I'm an in-house illustrator.
Some of the positions the my mag and most mags have are
editor - design wise, they're the ones that communicates with the art director in regards of the look of the magazine and makes final decisions on things like cover..etc
art director - someone who basically oversees how everything is designed. Layouts, images, illustrations, text, covers..and tells those working under him/her how something should look.
Then you have all those designers. Most are just plopped as Designers. Taking care of things like layout, covers, images...etc. They're the ones doing all the nitty gritty. Except at my mag our art director does the design as well, since we're a startup. She has 2 interns that help her though.
Basically if you're interested in design aspects of a magazine, its best to look into getting a degree in graphic design. Programs you'll want to know are Adobe In-design, photoshop and illustrator. Then look to score a job at a startup magazine and put in your dues and work your way up the ladder
On my laptop I have Adobe Photoshop 2.0. I remember going into the mac store with my dad recently and checking out all the amazing programs you could get for that kind of thing, I guess I really am interested ( wow I feel so great to have found an interest).
Mmm out of those jobs..I seriously have no idea I want them like mixed all up into one. Art director sounds good though.
Thankyou so much
btw your magazine looks really cool, Though some of the articles aren't for my age etc. I always find i am very attracted to that kind of...layout, design(argh now i can't think fo a word) silly me.
the person who designed the layout of the magazine i worked for was basically the creative director(sometimes called 'art director at other magazines)...and then we had an editorial director who worked on the articles...
the creative director would design the cover and some other stuff and had a staff of three people in the 'art dept' who would work on the rest of the magazine...'
as far as i know...they did everything on photoshop...
as fashion director...i would have to go and work with them on the layout of my pages and guide them in terms of any re-touching that needed to be done and to make sure everything was accurate...
graphic design seems like the right choice for you...
and get an internship as early as possible...
"It is not money that makes you well dressed: it is understanding."
Hm, on a related note, I am looking for an internship this summer, preferably one that is paid or with some kind of compensation. I want(need!) something creative, although the possibilities of that are probably limited. Does anyone have leads? I will be in NYC.
I worked as an intern under a market editor and she basically would be given a broad theme for a shoot or layout such as nautical and then would look through lookbooks and call designer's for anything that was nautical that might remotely work for the shoot from that respective season and have it brought to the magazine. Then the fashion editors would pick specifically what they wanted for the shoot.
Thanks for the info Tiffy! In smaller markets titles don't have anyone doing market work--the fashion editor or stylist has to do it all herself. You can see the difference in continuity between a magazine from London and one from further east immediately.
The difference between a magazine stylist and an editor.
Hey, I sent an email to Marie Claire and asked about what both a magazine stylist and an editor involve and the difference and recieved this email back:
Thanks for your e-mail and interest in Marie Claire. Fashion editors are
responsible for what you see on the pages of magazines. However, it takes
many different people in various positions to make it happen. There are
generally two types of fashion editors: market editors and stylists. The
market editors are those who are responsible for attending shows, reviewing
the looks of the season, and then requesting the clothes and accessories
from the designers. Next, the stylists take over and choose what they
like, and decide how they want to put pieces together. Stylists then
accompany the photographers to shoot the looks that they have put together.
This constitutes a fashion shoot which is what you eventually see in the
magazine. There are also assistant editors and associate editors who help
the market editors and stylists. I hope this gives you a better
understanding of the responsibilities of fashion editors here at Marie
Claire. Thanks again for your interest. Good luck with everything.