Week 7: Page beginnings and intern goodbyes

This week, we have all hands on deck as we’re catching up from everyone’s absences from the previous week. Everything is zooming through the editing process, and the design desk is doing their best to keep up.

I think the biggest thing I’ve learned this week is not to get too invested in to a design. I’ve been working on the Pet Edit page that I started last week, and got some feedback from the design director and EIC. Since it was for the October issue, they wanted some more Halloween themed elements, which was going to cause for a slight redesign of the page. At first I was a little bummed that the page wasn’t accepted right of the bat, but I quickly learned that most pages aren’t. I think it’s a good experience to learn first hand how not to take your design edits personally.

Another reason I think you shouldn’t spend too much time invested in to a single assignment is that, quite frankly, things change. The page shrunk from a full page to 2/3 page when an ad was purchased, which shifted everything on the page. Elements were deleted, new elements were introduced, and it was completely different from the original page we had started with. In the world of publication design, ads are bought, stories change, pictures are updated and no element is safe from change until it is being printed.

Despite being a bit bummed from my Pets page, I am happy to report my successful execution of the At My Home page. The At My Home page is featured each month in the back of the book, and has hand written answers from a celebrity about things like their worst habits, favorite meal to cook, saying to live by, etc. Originally this month’s celebrity was going to be Drey Barrymore, but we’re still waiting on pictures from her PR team, so we shifted gears and are featuring Molly Ringwald.

The page starts when the editorial department reaches out to the celebrity’s PR personnel, and then GH sends a Q&A with space for handwritten answers. They then send back four pages worth of answers, and we scan them in. At that point, our executive editor chooses what answers she wants featured, since there isn’t enough space for all four of them. We puzzle those answers together so they fit, slap in a photo and combine all of the elements in to the template. So be sure to check out the At My Home page in the October issue, featuring Molly Ringwald.  

On a very sad note: I had to say goodbye to Morgan, my co-intern, this week. I am so lucky I have gotten to share the past seven weeks with her, and I will miss her very much as she heads abroad to Copenhagen this fall!