A BA (Hons) Graphic Design graduate and former editor of the AUBSU student publication BUMF is launching her own magazine Akin
Alice Pomfret graduated from AUB in 2017 and has since been working freelance in the magazine industry thanks to contacts she made during her two years editing BUMF.
She has also designed a book for photographer Rankin’s first exhibition in 10 years, co-designed the annual magazine conference ModMag with Jeremy Leslie and is now acting head of design and production for a publishing house in London, working on HALI and COVER.
We caught up with Alice to find out more about her new magazine and her time at AUB.
Can you tell us a bit about your new magazine Akin?
So it all started at AUB actually, Zaha Hadid visited the university to help open the CRAB studio, and a couple weeks later she sadly died. Since then I have been so intrigued by her work and what she achieved. It was only this summer I decided what to do with all the research I had done. So Akin is a magazine inspired by people, each issue is inspired by a particular person and explores who they are/were and what they have achieved.
The first issue is based around the late architect Zaha Hadid, exploring themes such as working in a ‘mans’ world, how colour can affect a space, and even a recipe from her favourite restaurant. We also have worked with her architecture firm to gain interviews with working architects and I have also commissioned an article from a reporter from the 2012 Olympics about how architecture can affect performance. Oh and there’s an article from fashion writer Jordan Bunker exploring how and if fashion trends affect architecture. I’m currently fundraising for my first issue. I need to raise £2,750 and at the moment we have gained two stockists: MagCulture and Charlotte Street News. I’d really like the next issue to be based around Grayson Perry. I find him fascinating too.
How did you find your time at AUB?
AUB was great, the three years I was there challenged me in ways I had never been before. I met friends for life and worked all day every day really finding who I was as a designer. Even if that meant disregarding the normal branding agency career path. Since leaving I have realised how much harder it is to now make a book, I could print my pages and bind a book in short of two days, now I have none of these facilities.
What advice would you give to current students during their studies?
My advice is always if you don’t ask you don’t get.
When talking to people in the industry they have always acknowledged the fact I reached out to them, yes they’re busy but they always find time to respond. I mainly reached out to editors for my dissertation, this in tern allowed me a foot in the door for when I was graduated and wanted work, I had already started a conversation with them. I also went to so many industry events in London, maybe this was because of BUMF and our shortlists but it definitely helped me meet people and build a genuine working relationship for the future. Bridging the gap between education and working life is so important.
To help Alice launch her magazine please visit her Kickstarter page.