On 16th January, I attended a talk and Q&A session at Village bookstore, with Alec Dudson, the founder of Intern Magazine. He gave an amazingly interesting presentation about his experiences setting up an independent magazine and his journey from leaving university to his current situation surrounding the magazine. His ethos is all about how any level of intern should be paid for their work; whether that be a contribution or some of their time and expertise. This is currently a very controversial topic as many argue whether young talent should be paid for everything they do or whether they should be appreciative of the opportunity for exposure or experience.
His lecture was really inspiring as he has created his magazine from absolutely nothing, using hard work, determination and also the online platform Kickstarter to raise the funds necessary for the first issue. Kickstarter is a great way for otherwise unknown enterprises to gain the backing they need to get on their feet. They created a video to go alongside their campaign to help to show possible funders what the project is all about.
It was motivating to hear someone so young to be so successful and to have had so many opportunities to further his knowledge and experience since university. His insight into publishing and media has really made me consider whether this should be the path I go down in the future. I learnt a lot from the talk, especially how much you can achieve if you are really passionate about something and put your mind to it.
‘I Wish I’d Done That is a really interesting project done by D&AD who create awards and project for just about anything on the spectrum of creativity. This project is about getting ‘the world’s most potent creatives’ to look back over 2013 and choose a project which made them think ‘I Wish I’d Done That’. I really liked the concept and ended up spending a good portion of my evening watching all of the videos. I think it’s a great idea as it makes you choose one single piece which really made you think and stuck in your mind and explaining exactly why you like it. This also helps you to be inspired and possibly use some of the ideas to influence your own work.
Here are some of my favourites:
The idea being praised in this video is really effective and also very funny. To combat the Republican senators and government officials in America who firmly believe that climate change is not happening, the creatives came up with the idea of naming the disasters after the officials and producing broadcasts warning of the dangers of ‘Senator James Inhoffe’, etc.
This next video shows the photographer Rankin praising another piece involving humor. The piece is an ironic video intended to mock the typical fashion videos which often take themselves a bit too seriously.
Luis Venegas is an editor, publisher and creative director from Spain. Originally from Barcelona, he now lives in Madrid, where he compiles articles and curiosities for his magazine Fanzine137. He has worked for many notable brands such as Acne and American Apparel, utilising his skills within creative direction, and also contributed to numerous successful publications such as GQ Style UK and Acne Paper. Since March 1992, when he bought his first magazine, he has been collecting countless publications and has gathered a vast and varied hoard. NOWNESS, a lifestyle magazine which launched in 2010, produced a video of Venegas showing the audience his back-collection of magazines. I really like the style of the video and think that the lighting looks amazing. I felt that it was a very personal insight into something Venegas is obviously extremely passionate about. I am currently hoping to improve my skills at filmmaking and editing through the project I am working on as part of my current module and this video has inspired me as I am also a collector and have many boxes of magazines hidden away at home.