Paul is a graphic designer and front-end web developer based in Brighton, England. Currently at the Guardian, he was previously a senior designer at Clearleft where he worked for organisations such as UNICEF, NBC Universal and eBay and Mozilla. When not writing about design, travel and politics, he can be found building Bradshaw’s Guide, a digitised version of George Bradshaw’s victorian railway handbook.
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I’m going to let you in on a little secret: the best writers, be it your favorite authors or those that write for Smashing Magazine, don’t do it alone. Often, they work with an editor (or two), who will help them coalesce their words into something more compelling or easier to understand.
Having worked with several editors — and having been a technical editor myself — I’ve really come to appreciate this aspect of the writing process. Refinement is an essential aspect of any creative process. As refactoring code can make a program more logical and efficient, editing a text can allow an underlying idea to be more clearly stated, or make a piece more enjoyable to read. Read more...