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Getting to know (#010)…Patrick Burgoyne.


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Tenth in the series of interviews with people we know, have worked with, or are inspiring.
Creative Review has pretty much been a constant in the life of most creatives. The challenges a magazine faces today are very different from 1980 (when CR launched), the rise of the internet has taken its toll on the publishing industry, magazines fold, Design Week print edition a recent casualty. I think Creative Review have taken on those challenges particularly well, the launch of the CR Blog, and its iPad version hopefully means it stays relevant in the fast-moving digital world it documents. A quick look at Patrick's LinkedIn profile states that he has been at Creative Review for 13 years and 6 months. Patrick started in June 1999, I was still at tDR in 1999 and I think our paths may have crossed briefly then. In 2007 Patrick got in touch to see if we would take part in an experiment, he asked us if we would record a month of studio life for the magazine. 'A month in the life of a graphic designer' was its title. Patrick also kindly agreed to be filmed for a piece on illustration we did for Nokia. We often bump into Patrick at various design events, he's a really nice man, engaging, I think he's steered the CR ship in some really interesting areas. I hope he continues to be the editor for many more years.
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*CR office
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*CR-Logo issue
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*CR-A month in the life of a graphic designer
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Getting to know (#010) — Patrick Burgoyne.
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Build: Please tell us a little about who you are and what you do.
Patrick Burgoyne: I'm Patrick Burgoyne and I am editor of Creative Review, which was once a magazine for the world of visual communications, but is now a magazine, website, iPad App, Twitter feed, Facebook page, events organiser, awards show etc etc.
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B: How did you get to this point in time?
PB: Given the massive upheaval that has taken place in the media world in the last ten years, you could say I was in the right place at the wrong time. It's exciting and fun but life was so much simpler when all we had to worry about was print.
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B: Where are you based?
PB: Corner of Oxford Street and Wells St, London W1, fourth floor, overlooking a building site that has been the cause of endless fascination for all the CR staff for the last six months as the old building was demolished floor by floor and the site gradually cleared. About three times a day someone says that we should have set up a camera to record it all as a stop motion film. But we didn't.
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B: Does where you live/work inform you as a person?
PB: Inevitably, but less so now the internet provides access to the whole world.
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B: What is your favourite piece of your own work and why is it your favourite?
PB: Probably the best issue of CR we have done was the Logos issue from April 2011 which gave us the chance to delve into a fascinating subject in real depth and was very satisfying to work on. Other than that, I'd have to say the website which, despite its faults, has given us something that a lot of other magazines have failed to maintain post-internet - relevance. Current favourite - the iPad app, with which we're trying to break from the typical way in which magazines do these things.
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B: Three words that sum up you and your attitude to what you do?
PB: Keep trying things.
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B: Describe your style?
PB: Clichéd urbanite getting it slightly wrong.
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B: What kind of music do you listen to?
PB: Whatever my son puts on the car stereo as he guards it with obsessive zeal.
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B: What is your most played track in iTunes?
PB: I don't know how to find that out - crap isn't it? My iPod contains all manner of guilty secrets from my 80s adolescence so it's probably something involving either wedge hair cuts and synthesisers or denim jackets and patches.
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B: What is your favourite piece of art?
PB: I was just sent the most beautiful book of photographs - Gotham City by Luca Campigotto - so that's a current favourite. I received it the week Superstorm Sandy hit so its incredibly, almost too perfect shots of NY at night make a spectacular contrast with the current state of the city. If you love New York, or perhaps I should say the idea of New York, this is the book for you.
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B: Where were you last happiest?
PB: At my friends' house on Saturday night as we attempted to keep a bonfire alight.
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B: What makes you smile?
PB: Probably the most surprising thing recently was a Shakespearean comedy we went to at half-term (we were in Stratford, it seemed the thing to do). Who knew they could actually be funny?
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B: Your house is on fire, your family is safe, what do you save?
PB: Nothing. Claim on the insurance and start again.

Thanks Patrick!

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Creative Review / CR Blog / Gotham City by Luca Campigotto.

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