Portfolio: Ben Holgate

Magazine production

Magazines are amazing. So many different sources of content coming together, the designer artfully placing it all onto a page and then sending it off for production. Being the singularity is both challenging and exciting, it's a great place to be.

A selection of covers from ifa magazine

This is ifa magazine. A once weekly, now fortnightly produced magazine. It is 32 pages and I design it alone. I coordinate the production and work closely with two editors, two journalists, a sub-editor and our printers.

Ifa has given me many pleasures, including the illustration and photography of covers and features.

I have streamlined the production workflow and have introduced an almost paperless proofing process.

A mock layout of the ifa flatplan

A single issue of the 32-page ifa magazine laid out flat showing all spreads.

An example of a feature spread

An example of a feature story from ifa magazine. I also took the photos for this feature, more about it can be seen on my photos page.

A stack of SMSF magazines
A display of two SMSF covers

SMSF magazine was a 64-page quarterly
magazine with a distribution of 12,000.

It is no longer in print, but exists online
and as four-page sub-section of ifa.

A spread of pages from SMSF magazine

A selection of spreads from SMSF magazine. This magazine was produced by myself and a part-time designer.

Some covers from InvestorWeekly magazine

InvestorWeekly was a 48-page magazine with a distribution of 3,500. It was produced monthly by myself and a part-time designer. The magazine is no longer in print but I am now involved in its online production.

A spread of pages from InvestorWeekly magazine

A selection of spreads from InvestorWeekly.

Some covers from Huntleys' Your Money Weekly Newsletter

Huntleys' Your Money Weekly is a 24-page printed newsletter produced weekly. Its articles are also made available on morningstar.com.au for subscribers. I act as the production coordinator when the need arises, working closely with Ian Huntley and his team of Morningstar financial analysts.

The newsletter is driven heavily by data and timely market research. As news on stocks can break at any moment, there is a tight turnaround and strict deadlines. Production will finish on a Thursday evening and the newsletters are delivered the next morning.

A spread of pages from Huntleys Your Money Weekly magazine

A selection of pages from Huntleys' Your Money Weekly newsletter.