Heath Killen appointed as managing editor of desktop

Published:  June 29, 2012
Brendan McKnight
Heath Killen appointed as managing editor of desktop

I’m thrilled to announce that Heath Killen will be taking over my role as managing editor of desktop. Heath will be making the big move down to Melbourne from Newcastle over the coming weeks and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the design industry, having worked as a freelance designer, strategist and writer for the past six years.

In addition to giving talks at the University of Newcastle and Look Hear, he has had work published in IdN, Design Week and a new book, Echoes of the Future from Gestalten. Heath has also contributed in many ways to desktop over the past few years, and I am looking forward to seeing his passion and energy for Australian design (both past and present) being translated into the magazine.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the team at desktop,” says Heath. “desktop was the first design magazine that I purchased, fresh out of art school, and I’m excited to be a part of this new chapter in its history. I’ll be dedicated to ensuring that the quality and consistency that readers have come to expect is maintained, as well as always looking for new ways to expand the conversation and explore the vibrant culture of Australian design.”

After two and a half years at desktop, I’m moving on to new adventures. The July ‘typography issue’ of desktop (on sale next Wednesday) will be my last issue. It’s been an absolute pleasure and privilege getting to know you all. Your belief and support of desktop’s successful relaunch has been invaluable. To the hundreds of designers, illustrators, writers, photographers and thinkers who I have met and worked with, thank-you. It’s been a fun ride. -Brendan


6 Responses

  1. Simon Pemberton

    Brendan. You’ve done an amazing job with the magazine and you’ve been a wonderful supporter of the industry. You’ll be deeply missed.

  2. A real shame to see you go Brendan. You have been a real advocate for our industry.
    Congratulations to Heath, we are all looking forward to the next chapter for desktop.

  3. Simon Ashford

    Good luck with future adventures. Job well done.

  4. You’ve done a stellar job Brendan!
    Thank you for giving me a shot at my first ever cover. Much appreciated!

  5. Sarah

    You’ve turned desktop around! Sad to see you go Brendan. Heath has big shoes to fill.

  6. Larissa Meikle

    Great job Brendan, I’m sure you will continue to impress us with your next venture…so exciting to have the talented Heath taking the helm, watch this space:)

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