My first experience as editor in chief
I always had a thought about the publication of school magazine during the old but gold days during college. Had noticed that the editorial team had much stress, running here and there trying to get articles from different departments. It was the Art department that usually produces the cover page artwork. It was always a question mark for me in my mind about the layout of the magazine etc.. I sometimes got opportunity to enter the printing press of MGI and was amazed by the big Apple Mac tower on table.
Well today, after nearly 2 months of time spent working on the BCS Souvenir Magazine, feeling proud that same has been ‘ready for print’ today, 8 Oct. 2014. Well all started with first meetings on discussing the contents of the magazine. Then preparation for the sponsorship of the magazine started. Had contacted many IT companies, only a few responded back. Finally all the ads were sold quickly. Discovered that some reputed Telecommunications company would make payment only after having received a copy of the magazine.
Then came the important told of collaboration by the editorial team on the writing of the different articles. Google Docs had an important role in it, as well as Dropbox for the sharing of photos for the souvenir gallery.
Had a Graphic Designer which astonishingly uses Adobe Illustrator 10 and Adobe Photoshop 10 in order to work on graphics. Was astonished. I thought the layout would be done in Adobe InDesign or QuarkExpress. Had already purchased 2 InDesign templates for contemporary design magazines. Amongst the starting block was the finalised texts; I admit that even during last minute, had to work on finalising texts or still receiving hi-res photos. One has to painfully chase reponsible authors in order to complete their respective article and send before deadline… This is where ‘Gentle Reminders’ play an important role.
For the cover page, it was decided after brainstorming sessions about the concept i.e Cloud computing. It was after purchasing stock photos that some cover designs were made and the final one chosen and approved by board.
As I conversed with the Printing Press owner, publishing a magazine takes time as there’s lot of work involved. I completely agree as I spent several hours word processing, looking for photos, working on Adobe products with the graphist. Each day was a new day during which the work would get improved.
As I had followed the printing process of ‘AYGO KUTTE KI MAUT’ trifold brochure, had an idea about how the process would be ‘CMYK’ etc..
Personally, it was a great learning experience and hats off to the collaborating team members and press team.
Looking forward receiving 500 copies of same in 10 days, and for its official launch on 25 oct. 2014.