The AG Journey: From the design desk

It’s been a busy few weeks on the AG design desk; we’re commissioning illustrations and graphics and working out how the next edition of the journal will look. At this initial stage of the process we take an overview, ensuring we have a variety of stories that will be both visually and editorially diverse…
By Andrew Burns, creative director November 7, 2013 Reading Time: < 1

It’s been a busy few weeks on the AG design desk; we’re commissioning illustrations and graphics and working out how the next edition of the journal will look. At this initial stage of the process we take an overview, ensuring we have a variety of stories that will be both visually and editorially diverse.

In the last edition of the journal we looked at microscopic viruses and massive whales, solving murders with flies and how humans made it to the moon. These all required both editorial and graphic elements to tell the whole story and this takes careful planning. Creating the graphics often means bringing together experts from outside the office – graphic journalists, picture researchers, illustrators and designers.

A close encounter with a cold virus may result in a heady fog but trying to give clarity to the process of infection took weeks for Craig Bowman, our illustrator, and a team of experts. My job is to create a vibrant and beautiful journal but the most intriguing and visually spectacular pages often spring from the most unexpected places: who would have thought that a sneeze could hold such beauty? I’m sure that the next edition of the journal will throw up some unexpected beauties and I look forward to being as surprised as you as to where we find them.