I’m Charlie, and I love all things print. In fact, you could say it’s in my blood since I am the third generation of paternal line whose main employment has been in the print industry. My grandfather was a typesetter for Clays, the book printers based in Bungay, Suffolk. Then my dad spend his entire 44 year career working as a journalist for Archant across most of East Anglia. Myself, I joined Archant when I was 21 predominantly as newspaper planner based in St Albans initially, then moving to Stevenage and then Norwich as the role and centralisation of departments evolved, ‘following the job’ as it where. By the time I left Archant 13 and a half years later I was managing the pre-press aspects of all Archant’s titles based in London, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Kent and the South West – an achievement I am, and always will be, very proud of.
Now, I work as a publishing manager for an online public sector publication. It’s challenging, and very different from print, but the principles are the same: stay organised, be proactive, plan ahead, and make sure those deadlines are hit.
My love of print extends the length and breadth of the stationary spectrum. I’ve lost count of how many notebooks I have dotted about the house, hidden in bookshelves. I love fonts, typography and hand lettering, fountain pens, ink, journals, planners and organisers, and washi tape. Fortunately, there is a whole community of planners out there who share my addiction and at long last, I am not alone!