Haymarket Media Group
In 1995, when Haymarket’s consumer division needed a design director, Paul Harpin was top of our wish list. We’d seen his impact on the magazines he’d already designed and their publishers.
It was an impressive list: Architects’ Journal, DESIGNER, the forceful-looking Business, all of Centaur’s business titles including Creative Review, Marketing Week and Design Week.
Then Redwood nabbed him to be Creative Director and he gave them time-proven designs for the BBC’s TopGear, Gardeners’ World and GoodFood as well as the M&S Magazine.
Trouble was, Paul and his equally talented wife Clare White had just signed on with big Asian publisher SPH to go to Singapore to sort their titles out.
I phoned Paul in Singapore every couple of months to ask when he was coming back to work for us. In March 1996 he said ‘OK’ and started at Haymarket a few days after stepping off the plane home. How lucky we were.
Nineteen years later, everyone privileged to work with Paul is intensely aware of the length and depth of the legacy he’s given Haymarket. Whatever the design brief for whatever subject, Paul’s always had the perfect answer. And when you know how fast he is it’s not surprising that he’s worked on well over 300 brands to become the UK’s most experienced editorial designer.
Haymarket’s logo is a ubiquitous reminder of the cleverness, appropriateness, durability and sheer style of his design. He’s mentored, taught, helped and inspired two generations of designers. He’s shown editors, publishers and directors how to understand the importance and effect of good design.
Paul is generous, kind, affectionate, charming. He’s a remarkable man and a remarkable designer whose mark will stay on Haymarket, all the brands and, far more importantly, all the lives he’s touched for a very long time.