Alex Hunting is the Art Director for the Opinion and Review section of the International New York Times and works on other freelance design projects. He studied BA (Hons) Graphic Design on the Illustration Pathway at London College of Communication, graduating in 2010.
What are you working on at the moment?
By day I’m the Art Director for the Opinion & Review section of the International New York Times. By night, I also work on a number of freelance design jobs, mainly editorial design. I’m currently working with Matt Willey designing a new magazine about adventure called AVAUNT. It's being launched by Dan Crowe (Port Magazine) Ben Saunders (Polar explorer) and Matt Willey this Spring. Its a really exciting project and keeping me very busy.
If you could collaborate creatively with anybody in the world who would it be?
It would probably be Willy Fleckhaus (deceased) of TWEN magazine. Living, I would say Patrick Waterhouse of COLORS, they are doing some really interesting things editorially there. I’m also incredibly privileged to have been working with Matt Willey on a couple of projects recently who was a design hero of mine whilst studying and who has taught me a great deal. Other than that the artist / illustrator / visual genius, Christoph Niemann.
What piece of advice would you give to new students?
Don’t take it (or yourself) too seriously. Work hard, try everything and have a lot of fun. You only (normally) get to do it once. Also learn some practical skills. It is a very competitive industry and graduates should be aware that employers are usually after a degree of technical competence, as well as creativity.