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One Piece of Advice Magazine

About this project

I was commissioned by Arts University Bournemouth to develop and produce their new alumni magazine. Through a series of workshops with AUB’s marketing team and their partner design agency Bond & Coyne, I developed the magazine’s editorial direction, produced a list of potential features, planned out the editorial workflow and briefed contributing staff. I worked closely with photographer and AUB alumnus Bill Bradshaw and the designers at Bond & Coyne, who commissioned illustration graduates from the university for the magazine’s artwork. With copy for the magazine coming in from around 15 contributors, I edited every piece to ensure the overall tone and flow of the editorial was coherent while retaining the individual voices throughout. As well as writing the magazine's opening manifesto, I was also incredibly fortunate to contribute one of the magazine’s larger features — an in-depth interview with legendary architect Sir Peter Cook. One Piece of Advice was highly commended at the 2016 Brand Impact Awards in the education category and we are currently working on its third issue.


As creative people, we all have our opinions. We have our way of seeing and our way of doing. Whether it’s a critique from an art school professor to an illustration student, or the feedback from a client to a visual effects studio. Advice is a major part of the soundtrack to life in the creative industries.

It’s a sincere interaction, from one creative to another. It’s how we get started, how we learn and how we get better.

Creative advice is not black and white — there is no absolute right or wrong. Advice isn’t owned by the experienced and knowledgeable, any more than it is owed to the young and inexperienced. Advice isn’t bound by discipline or exchanged for advice of equal worth.

Since 1880, we’ve been called Bournemouth School of Art, Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design, The Arts Institute at Bournemouth and The Arts University College at Bournemouth. Finally, in 2012, we became Arts University Bournemouth.

Whatever our name, the common thread here has always been great advice. Our students have taught us as much as we’ve taught them, and they’ve gone on to do great things. You’ll nd a few of them — past and present — in this magazine. Among their stories, you’ll find their advice. We’ve avoided asking them for it directly, but advice is quite often inevitable.

We hope you’ll nd One Piece of Advice entertaining, informative, occasionally emotional and maybe even useful, wherever you are on your creative journey.