Magazine was set up over 5 years ago in Manchester as an alternative to
the music press at the time. Sticking to the true mix and match culture
of the noughties it's policy crossed boundaries including interviews with
the likes of Bill Wyman from the Rolling Stones, Run DMC and The Temptations.
We also interview contemporary talent such as Scissor Sisters, Keane, The
Darkness and Muse.
the tail end of 2001 we also moved into the world of Television and Entertainment
and have featured various interviews from comedy talent such as The Office,
Bo Selecta, League Of Gentlemen and Phoenix Knights amongst others.
a formula that obviously worked as Designer Magazine is currently Manchester's
3rd largest independent source of entertainment news following the Manchester
Evening News and City Life and attracts over 10,000 hits a week.
Why is a music website called Designer Magazine?
The magazine was named Designer Magazine after the Manic Street Preachers
"Design For Life". The idea being that we design our readers life's by
selecting the musical and entertainment highlights.
If it's called Designer Magazine shouldn't you have spent millions on the
No. Many of our readers access the website through low spec computers at
university, work or school and hence we wanted a design that was functional
and would load quicker than other music websites available. Also, personal
experience of browsing the web means we skip through many unnecessary flash
animation's etc .
Who is the target market of Designer Magazine?
Even though we have a broad coverage policy we tend to find most readers
are aged between 18-30 and are more likely to be male than female. Naturally
on a week to week basis the demographic will change ever so slightly dependent
on which interviews we have online.
How many people read Designer Magazine each week?
We have 10,000 unique IPs browsing the site each week. Or in normal speak
Do you have a set music policy?
No. We can cover everything from pure pop to underground hip hop, from
indie and rock to urban and all that lies in between. The only policy being
that if it's good it's good. If we like an artist we feel there must be
other people out there that feel the same way.
I work for a label / PR company or am in a a band. How do I go about submitting
music for potential coverage in Designer Magazine?
Because of the huge amount of requests we get to listen to MP3s or Streams
we don't have the time to do so. If you wish the team at Designer Magazine
to consider featuring your band / artists etc please send CDs to the address
below along with accompanying biog / photos / contact details etc.
Do any of the staff at Designer Magazine work for other publications?
Many of the staff freelance for other publications and are available to
work on features and press shots for other magazines. Use the contact details
below to contact us about opportunities .
I wish to run a ad on the website. How do I go about it?
Banner opportunities are available at competitive rates. Use the contact
details below to ask about individual enquiries
McCann - Editor
Editor Alex McCann set up Designer Magazine in June 1999 after growing
bored of the music press at the time. Probably the only music fan who can
claim to like The Smiths, Manic Street Preachers and Public Enemy as well
as frivolous pop such as McFly, Sean Paul and S Club. Alex also writes
for several publications in the UK including the BBC as well as various
music and entertainments magazines in the States. Email: As Below in main
Godkin - Reviewer
Nick has been working for Designer
Magazine virtually since its conceptionand like our Editor has an eclectic
music taste. He's been going to gigs in Manchester since the late 80s (Anyone
remember the International venue?) and has an indepth knowledge of the
classics as well as keeping up to date with the latest breaking bands.
He also likes the Smiths, but is partial to a bit of Natasha Bedingfield.
Email: As below in main contacts
McBride - Photographer
is one of the most highly regarded photographers in the music business.
Her distinctive style combined with over 20 years experience has meant
that her work; whether it be with high profile artists or the up and coming
bands in her native Manchester, is always viewed with the upmost respect.
Please visit her website - www.karenmcbride.com
Forrest - Photographer
combines an eclectic personal style with an ability to uniquely tailor
her work to each subject. Whether shooting music, portrait or fashion her
down to earth approach and experience in photographing all types of images,
from the dark to the irreverent, results in beautiful, often challenging
work. To view more of Shirlaine's work, or to commission pieces,
please visit her website - www.shirlainephotos.co.uk.
Winstanley - Logos / Graphics
Winstanley helped to create the brand image of Designer Magazine and is
responsible for the main Designer Magazine logo and section headers throughout
the site. He passed his 2:2 in Graphic Design (BA Hons) at the University
of Derby in 2003 and went on to work at The Wheel creating websites and
promotional material for companies throughout the Greater Manchester area.
Mark can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sorensen - Web Designer
from Perth Western Australia, he came up with this new design
over the 2005 Easter holiday break feeling he could take Designer
Magazine to the next level. Likes mainly metal music, but is quite
partial to the genius sounds of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones,
all the way to the stylings of Trivium and Carphanaum. He can
be contacted at email@example.com
Horvath - Movie Columnist
Andy is a young Hungarian girl who has an influence of arts, movies
and music (especially pop, rock and musicals) on her. She started
to write her articles when she was only 13 years old and since
that she worked for several magazines. And now she's here to write
about the best movies for you. Andy can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Camera, David Adair, Katherine Tomlinson
Email in the first instance for a contact telephone number
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