Perspectives Issue 1: Innovation
Published by Haileybury, 2022

Editor-in-chief: Toby Parker

Editor: Kathryn Koon

Photography: Steve Beeston

Designed by James Brook

210 x 245 mm | 32 pages | Printed on 150 gsm Edixion Offset with 300 gsm machine-sealed soft cover by Gomer, Wales

This is the first issue of Perspectives, a magazine that I designed, published by Haileybury School. The publication was developed from a desire to showcase the school’s heritage, current academic and cultural issues and new research about the school’s collections. It has been established in order to examine its role in a variety of cultural practices and issues, and to think critically about the way in which it interacts with other cultural institutions locally, nationally and globally. 

For the design of the magazine, I worked closely with Toby Parker, the Director of Learning and Research at Haileybury. Through a series of conversations and exchanges of visual material, I developed a design that makes some nods to Haileybury’s visual identity but which is distinct enough to stand alone. 

The design is based around a flexible layout that can accommodate different types of information, giving each section of the magazine its own distinct identity. The basic layout is a three column grid with type arranged on one or two columns giving a variety that helps differentiate each article. Titles, body text and images are often hung from a guideline that runs through the magazine giving a sense of order which is occasionally broken to create emphasis or visual energy. I have used type at different sizes, weights and combinations to create interesting titles and headers, arranged in sometimes playful ways with the text and images. 

My first thoughts for the choice of typeface was to use a serif and sans-serif that have been designed to work together – I initially considered using Meta Pro and Meta Serif Pro or Freight Sans Pro and Freight Text Pro. The school’s branding is based around the typefaces Calluna and Calluna Sans, so, although not a requirement of the brief to do so, it made sense to use these typefaces in the magazine. Calluna has some interesting and quirky characteristics that are revealed when the typeface is used at a larger scale, as on the masthead.

Images are prioritised in the magazine: some were specifically chosen to be placed within particular articles but I was also given another set of images to be placed throughout the magazine to act as punctuation and to create an alternative dialogue that runs alongside the main articles. It was wonderful to be given a free rein to arrange these images and I hope I have placed them in a way that creates another level of reading in the publication.

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