Trade body set up for editorial designers

A new professional network has been launched, aiming to promote the visual journalism of the UK’s magazine, newspaper and website design community.

The Editorial Design Organisation (EDO) is a not-for-profit body set up by the country’s leading editorial designers, headed up by founding chair and Haymarket design director Paul Harpin.

Deputy chair John Brown executive creative director Jeremy Leslie said the idea came from a need to encourage and support established designers and students who want to enter the industry at a time when its role in publishing had become of greater importance.

Leslie said: ‘Whether its in print or online, increasing amount of time is spent on how stuff is design and the importance of design is acknowledged within the companies we work for, but largely ignored outside the industry.

‘We’re interested in helping people understand how editorial design is essentially visual journalism. Other areas of graphic design have less involvement with the content and the message.”

The EDO hopes to build a programme of lectures and talks on issues affecting the editorial design community, launching before the end of this year. A joint educational programme is a website launch are also planned. EDO members will be asked to pay an annual subscription.

EDO welcomes interest from potential new members: publishers; design groups; institutions; schools and colleges. For more information email: edo@gillbranston.com

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