Getting started in the creative industries: review of Creative Review

I bought the current (August 2016) edition of Creative Review (CR) because of its focus on getting started in the creative economy. My work as mentor frequently brings me into contact with people wanting guidance in this area.

The edition comprises several pieces on the special focus, plus some others — notably on leadership in creative business, plus a detailed review of A History of British Magazine Design (V&A Publishing).

The special focus pieces include articles on launching a magazine, setting up a festival, sourcing crowdfunding, and using co-working spaces.

Overall, I found the edition informative and inspiring. Plus, as ever with CR, well presented.

In a previous blog post (‘Learning from other creative industries‘, 20 September 2012) I proposed a  typology of ways in which someone in one creative industry can learn from people in other creative industries. It comprised five types:


1. Inspiration. One sees someone doing something good in one industry and thinks, “I’d like to do the equivalent in mine”.

2. Questioning. One sees an industry doing something different from one’s own industry and thinks, “Could we do it that way?”

3. Revelation. Trends in design, fashion, cuisine  etc. reveal – through embodiment – what is happening in society at large.

4. Workflow design.

5. Business design. One can think of the design of a business the way creatives think of designing a product.

I found that this edition of CR scored highly, for this reader at least, on types 1, 2, and 3.

In particular, ‘A map for these territories’, about design company Map, stimulated thinking about the role of clients, models, and research in creative projects. Similarly, a short article by John Maeda (a designer now working for a Silicon Valley venture capital firm), proved thought-provoking on the relationship between creative work, technology, and investment. And the article on co-working spaces did a wonderful job at making the locations featured both sound and look conducive to creative work.

Are there any publishers out there working in co-working spaces?



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