Edi­tor’s let­ter

Computer Arts - - Welcome - BEREN NEALE Edi­tor beren.neale@fu­turenet.com

Stu­dio Sutherl& has been voted the top de­sign stu­dio in the UK for the sec­ond year in a row, and when work­ing with him (and fel­low stu­dio cre­ative Rosey Trick­ett) for this is­sue’s cover, it’s easy to see why.

Both of them are ridicu­lously cre­ative, of course, and pre­sented us with an ar­ray of ideas for the cover early on (have a look on page 3 for more on that). But what re­ally struck me was how un­flap­pable Jim was when faced with the in­evitable changes and tweaks that oc­cur on mag cov­ers – es­pe­cially when you con­sider the four-way ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween ed­i­to­rial team, Stu­dio Sutherl&, cover treat­ment gu­rus Cel­lo­glas and print­ers Wil­liam Gib­bons. I’m sure that at­ti­tude and ap­proach was con­sid­ered when the panel of 60 in­dus­try lead­ers voted his stu­dio top of the pile.

Speak­ing to all the stu­dio heads, cre­ative di­rec­tors and founders that fea­ture in the rank­ings (page 52), that was the re­cur­ring theme – gen­eros­ity backed up with inspiring tal­ent. No mat­ter the in­sane pres­sures that come with the work, it feels like ev­ery­one wants noth­ing but suc­cess for each other, and that’s cer­tainly one rea­son why the UK de­sign in­dus­try is in such fine form.

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