Introducing new editor, Bonnie Abbott

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Published:  July 22, 2013
Heath Killen
Introducing new editor, Bonnie Abbott

For those of you who haven’t heard the news, after 12 months and 10 issues I’m moving on from Desktop.

It’s almost impossible to condense the last year into a single status update. To capture the highs and lows. To describe what it’s been like to work with so many people that I respect and admire. To express how much I’ve personally learnt and grown as a result of it all. For now I’ll just say that it’s been a life changing experience, and I hope that I’ve achieved what I set out to do – which was to create a relevant, deep, diverse, and entertaining magazine.

I’d like to extend a big thank you to everybody who has supported the magazine in one way or another over the year. I’d also like to send out an enormous thank you to all the generous and talented people who have contributed words and images – particularly those who have worked on one of my crazy special features! And finally I’d like to say a very warm, large, and sincere thank you to you, the readers. It’s been an honour.

The future of the magazine is indeed a bright one, with Bonnie Abbott taking the helm.

Many of you will know Bonnie for her Gather & Fold project (recently transformed into a limited edition book), but you may also have read her writing in magazines such as Process Journal, MADE, and Creative Review.

I’ve been a great admirer of Bonnie’s writing and curatorial skills over the years. She possess real insight and a deep understanding of the topics and subjects she examines. Her critical eye, passion, energy, and international focus are exactly what Desktop needs to continue to grow in significance and quality towards the future. After 26 years, it’s exciting to think that Desktop still has the ability to be a vital part of the Australian design industry – and I for one am excited to watch this next stage in its evolution unfold.

There is one final complete issue to come from me (#296 — Mind Your Head) and it will be out later in the month. It’s our annual education issue and it examines some of the big issues around how we learn today, and how we might learn tomorrow. Following that, I’m co-editing the September issue (#297 — Live from the Underground) with Bonnie. It’s a fun note to end on, but you’ll have to stay tuned for more details.

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2 Responses

  1. Heath, you have been an amazing force at the magazine. You’ve introduced us to designers old and new, far and wide in Oz. Thanks for having me on as a contributor and all the best in Sydney.

  2. Yes! Well stated Marco! I very much agree. Brilliant job and insights and wise parting words. Here’s a toast to curiosity and learning. The true secret to a happy life!

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