My Destop, in Desktop!

This is my desktop! (Actually, it’s my dining table, which is also my desktop). It was photographed a little while ago by James Braund, and features in the brand-new re-jigged Desktop Magazine, which launched just last week!

In reality, as you can see, this image is somewhat scarily enormous – a DOUBLE PAGE SPREAD in fact, with no border at all!  Yikes! Lucky I didn’t leave anything questionable on the bookshelves…! You can check out a slightly larger version of this shot on James’ website here, but I urge you also to grab a copy of Desktop this month for the full ‘I can’t believe Lucy has that book / artwork / bad Alessi corkscrew on her bookshelf’ experience! (Anything Alessi is my boyfriend’s, for the record).

Desktop Magazine has historically been a magazine for people who work in advertising / graphic design and print media. It has been around for 25 YEARS (crazy!), but has relaunched this month with a brand new look, a much broader design focus, and a brilliant new editor who is just 26 years old! Very ‘Press Gang‘ if you ask me, especially as the man in question, Brendan McKnight, bears a striking resemblance to Spike (played by Dexter Fletcher). This can only be a good thing, don’t you think?

Jokes aside, Brendan is clearly some kind of wunderkind brainiac – the new-look mag is seriously excellent. It now seems somehow far more relevant to design enthusiasts, as well as industry professionals, and feels thorough and kind of ‘meaty’ (up from 84 to 100 pages each month!). It’s also printed on beautiful uncoated matte paper stock. Well worth a look for all lovers of design on paper – I promise!

ONE MORE REASON to re-acquaint yourself with Desktop Magazine, is that they have KINDLY offered a very generous giveaway for two lucky Design Files readers! You can win one of two 12-month subscriptions to the mag – that’s 11 issues, delivered to your door! How lovely! :) THANKYOU DESKTOP! To be in the running, please leave your comment on this post before midnight tonight, Melbourne time. This giveaway is open to Australian residents only. Two winners will be randomly drawn tomorrow, and notified by email. If you subscribe to these posts by email, please don’t respond to your email, just pop over to thedesignfiles.net and leave your comment there! Thankyou!

*Psst – There is an excellent interview with Brendan McKnight over here on the fantastic Junior – Life at the Bottom blog. (FAB local blog you should definitely bookmark if you are an advertising / graphic design student / junior / wannabe).

*UPDATE – thanks so much for all your fabulous comment!  The winners have now been drawn – comments #215 and #186 were randomly selected.  Congratulations Katie and Ruth, hope you enjoy the mag!

Pages from the current issue of Desktop… LOVE those beautiful graphic posters in the ‘Edits by Edits’ feature!

The current issue! Go grab a copy!