The third year as the Managing Editor of Current Conservation Magazine I improved on my skills and experimented with different layouts.
The second year as the Managing Editor of Current Conservation Magazine led to more responsibilities yet my favourite part was interactions with the illustrators and visualising the text into illustrations. From the time the article comes in until the layout is done and ready for print – that constituted the most exciting part of my job. The typical managing editor is not responsible to do the layout and design for the magazine print but I looked forward to that bit of the publishing process.
A few years ago, I decided to take a break from science research and step out into periphery to explore other options. And to my luck, I bumped into my then boss who was not only willing to give me a chance to try something new but pushed me to learn and build new skills. This was my introduction to editorial designs. Straight out biochemistry lab into the lap of science communication. Six years down the line, I still am away from the laboratory and exploring new grounds where science and art meet.
The Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) completed 20 years of its existence. To highlight their research done for the last two decades, a book was compiled with a lot of illustrations and images. I worked on the design and layout of the book and coordinated with all the illustrators. Here’s what resulted from a four months long assignment.
Tadoba National Park is one of the jungles I have on my list to visit. It isn’t open all round the year and that’s what makes it difficult to approach because before you know all of it is booked for the winters. And visiting a jungle in unbearable heat is not an option I would ever consider. So Tadoba visit stayed in the list and got pushed down until I was approached to work on an advertising based presentation for newly set up eco-friendly resort. The group of Red Earth resorts have been around already in Kabini, Karnataka and Wayanad, Kerala for a while now. As the content for the presentation poured in, I had one more reason added to the Tadoba visit. A stunning place and must visit place!
The kid brother turns 29 today. The last time I used my design skills to surprise him was when he celebrated his silver jubilee birthday. A bunch of us together decided to make him a newspaper which would consist of articles and letters written by friends and family for him. The newspaper format was chosen because he loves reading newspapers and spends about 2 hours every morning doing that.
Surprised, overjoyed, confused, elated- a mix bag of reactions from him was worth all the effort put into this “newspaper”.