Jaclyn Bryson, Design Editor, People’s Friend

When did you join DC Thomson?

I originally worked for the NHS but decided on a career change. I was in my second year studying Digital Publishing and Graphic Design when I was offered a 2-week work placement at DC Thomson. At the end of the fortnight, I interviewed for a Graphic Designer position and was successful. I couldn’t believe my luck!

What’s your role in DC Thomson? 

I started within the Art Department at our Meadowside office in Dundee. Like many other designers, I gained valuable experience designing for all titles, including comics, children’s, teenage, and mature. The breadth of work helped me learn more about the business and also meet and work with people from all over the company. In 2009, the position of Design Editor in The People’s Friend became available and I jumped at the opportunity to apply. After I was told I had been successful I was excited, eager, apprehensive and terrified all at the same time, but it was the best career move I could have made. In addition to my role within The People’s Friend, I have been lucky enough to be part of Innovation projects in a design capacity, but also IT projects where I was able to learn from others in a field which I knew little about. Approaching every project with a willingness to learn from those around you is definitely the key to success. Asking stupid questions helps too – I’ve asked plenty.

What makes your working day enjoyable?

Lots of things. I have a good working relationship with my manager and my team, I’m lucky enough to be involved in lots of projects so each day is varied and unpredictable, but overall I love designing things. I never take for granted what a pleasure it is to come to work every day.

Tell us a little about the part you play in making DC Thomson a success?

I’m part of a talented and successful team of people working within The People’s Friend. The magazine is one of the most profitable, as well as the longest running women’s weekly title at DC Thomson. Innovating and working as efficiently as possible has enabled us to increase our output of Weekly, Specials, Annuals and Pocket Novels. Our perfectly formed team currently produce over 9,000 pages of content per year.

What is your highlight of being part of DC Thomson?

I’ve been very fortunate to have had lots of opportunities to work on different things and learn from different people, both in DC Thomson and previously with the NHS. I was recently asked to be part of an Innovation team that was based at our Fleet Street office in London. This was a real highlight for me; the buzz of working in London was a life experience I won’t forget, although I did miss my dog!