The editor of design and architecture magazine Blueprint is leaving to pursue other projects.
Grant Gibson said he was keeping his options open and was hoping to freelance. “I’ve got a young family and I’m working over the other side of London. I’m eager to see a bit more of them,” he said.
He has worked for Blueprint publisher ETP, a subsidiary of business magazine publisher Wilmington, for nine years, having previously been deputy editor of FX Magazine.
Gibson’s departure comes as ETP is facing increased competition from Icon, a direct rival to Blueprint, set up by ex-ETP staff working for independent company Media 10.
While Icon claims to take a more “tongue-in-cheek” approach to design and architecture, both titles are competing for sales on the news-stands.
Media 10 is planning another launch in February – a monthly consumer magazine based on the Channel 4 programme Grand Designs and edited by David Redhead, former managing editor of Blueprint.
The 164-page title will be aimed at the television show’s 4.3m viewers and feature ideas on how to build a dream home, landscaping a garden and refitting a kitchen. It will sit alongside existing home interest titles on the news-stands.
Media 10 publisher Richard Morey said it would have an emphasis on “real people in real homes”. Grand Designs presenter Mike McCloud will be a regular contributor.
The company is in the process of putting a team together for the launch, based at Redhead’s studio in Battersea, South London.
Clare Gogerty former production/ copy chief at In Style, is deputy editor and Sarah Horrocks, former art director on Company, and Helen Bratby (ex-Country Living) are on board as design consultants.
Redhead is looking for a full-time features editor, editorial assistant and art director. The title will have a print run of 120,000 to 150,000 and a cover price of £3.
By Ruth Addicott