How would you describe what you do?
My roles are very varied. At magCulture I work on the events programme and produce our annual editorial conference called The Modern Magazine. I also oversee the monthly talk series we hold at the magCulture shop, along with workshops and launch parties. At Time Out I write for the Things to Do section of the mag, both online and in print and also for the Time Out blog. My role at the Design Museum involves supporting the designers and studios we work with on the Young People’s programme. I research content, facilitate and run workshops which have included the new museum’s opening weekend workshops and offsite projects. I’ve managed to carve out a job that allows me to produce, write about and attend loads of exciting events, and all of them seem to influence and inform each other.
What does a typical working day look like?
I don’t think I ever have a typical day! But an ideal one is a productive one. I spend one day a week at the magCulture studio, plus I’m there for any events we have on and work from home if there’s anything else I need to get done. I’m at Time Out maybe two or three times a week, and at the Design Museum whenever an event is programmed which is often at the weekends. The rest of the time I either work from home or head to the Barbican, Ace Hotel or library because I work better when I feel like people are being productive around me. The vast majority of my day is spent on a laptop or computer.
Office hours are 10am to 6pm but I continue working when I get home and often do a bit at the weekend. The run-up to the Modern Magazine conference in October tends to be the busiest time for me.
How collaborative is your role?
I tend to think of myself as quite autonomous during the planning stages of what I do, although I do work closely with Jeremy Leslie, the founder of magCulture. At the Design Museum I work with the Young Audiences programme producer and during workshops with designers and a group of volunteers.