Computer Shopper magazine asked me to produce a special Christmas issue on Windows 7. Which was great, except the time frame was less than four weeks, start to finish.
Together with Shopper’s Jim Martin, I collated and commissioned the copy (with contributions from Jim and the excellent Craig Grannell) and organised a kit shoot for the necessary hardware, helpfully supplied by sponsors Mesh. Fortunately my first draft of the layout template was accepted, incorporating a few selected Shopper branding cues into a clean and legible new grid.
The cover went through considerably more development, partly due to the problem of making the brand logo prominent without causing confusion with the current issue of the magazine itself, but in collaboration with Dennis Publishing’s deputy MD of technology titles, John Garewal, I solved it in the end.
I flatplanned, designed and subedited the 96-page edition in Newcastle, and with the indispensable assistance of production wizard Steve Haines in London it went to press on time. It’s on newsstands now, and at £2 a bit of a bargain.