“Dawn had the most radical, and unusual, ideas of any art editor I worked with. Several of our cover illustrations brought her directly to the attention of some of our most senior readers. Which is certainly one important means of achieving recognition. Like all creative people, Dawn is a lateral thinker and there are occasions when the incessant flow of her ideas will require firm management. But she is never less than a stimulating presence around the office.” Stuart Smith, Editor for Marketing Week
“Dawn is a very detail-oriented, hardworking Designer/Art Director & more. I love how she has this amazing ability to see a project through to the end making sure that the end result was just ‘right’ and never over-designed. Dawn has great patience too. She is very much a people’s person and a real team player (for want of a better, less clichéd, description). It was a pleasure working with her and I’d thoroughly recommend her to anyone!” Rich Carter, Imagining Specialist for TIME Atlantic
“I worked with Dawn Ryddner years ago when she was a graphic designer at Haworth Press, a publisher of academic and scholarly books and journals. (Haworth was acquired by Taylor & Francis in 2007.) Dawn is a very talented artist with a keen eye for design and layout. I found her to be absolutely competent, thoroughly professional, and a pleasure with whom to work.” Sandra Jones Sickels, Editor for Haworth Press
Food Trade Review
This position is for an established trade publisher and requires a wide range of skills. This includes working with PR companies to design adverts, advertorials, layouts, copy editing, production, creating online products and reviving marketing strategies. Most recently, web skills and a redesigned website, http://ftrtoday.wordpress.com/.
Having previous experience in redesigning magazines, I was hired full-time to redesign HORSE as well as train and supervise fellow colleagues. I also commissioned freelancers, supervised junior staff and organised the picture library.
This was a short-term contract to redesign one of Handelsblatt’s flagship titles in Germany. I also commissioned photographers and illustrators, supervised production and adapted to the culture. This was a big budget production.
Working on this leading business magazine gave me the opportunity to create front covers which would jump off the newsstands and devise stunning page layouts. I also commissioned freelancers, photographers and illustrators and sourced picture libraries as well as help establish an in-house picture desk.
I worked freelance producing material for the marketing department as well as on page layouts for TIME. This was a high pressured job with extreme deadlines. Art Directors, Gary Lonergan and Paul Lussier, were my mentors. They had a cool head and taught me the ropes in marketing as well as in magazine design.
I had the opportunity of a lifetime and the honour to design The Country Life Centenary book with Sir Roy Strong. I researched the archives to come up with a design roughly based on the magazines but it reminds me of show casing the pictures in the side bars we see in websites!
Working full-time on the bestselling John Brookes’ Garden Design book gave me a real insight into the creativity of English Gardens. As it was the start of putting books on the computer, it was a real challenge to find the fonts we wanted. We ended up creating our own symbol font which is still used today.