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Here 2014: Penny Martin

Penny Martin, the editor-in-chief of The Gentlewoman, is a publishing world powerhouse. She began studying 1980s fashion magazines at the Royal College of Art, was a professor of fashion imagery at London College of Fashion before heading the editorial team at SHOWstudio.

The Gentlewoman is the female answer to Gert Jonkers and Jop van Bennekom’s Fantastic Man. Penny has refined female-focused magazines in her anti-fantasy approach to showcasing inspiration women. The publication provides an intelligent perspective on personal style – the way women actually look, think and dress.

At Here 2014 Penny spoke in conversation with Rob Alderson, discussing her role with passion and candour. “It’s such a responsibility to correctly represent these women who have fought so hard to get where they are.”


Nalden is co-founder of super simple file transfer service WeTransfer, the event partners for Here 2014. He spoke about how he developed WeTransfer as a creative showcase, his love of design simplicity and he explained why it’s the coders who’ll inherit the earth.

Mirko Borsche

Mirko Borsche is a hugely respected German graphic designer. He talked about his studio, where the whole team is encouraged to draw, and looked at his work for the Bavarian State Opera, where everything from the posters to the programmes are designed to make the art form more accessible.

Marion Deuchars

Illustrator Marion Deuchars has a wide-ranging portfolio and has produced several books designed to creatively engage youngsters. Her thought-provoking talk questioned why children are discouraged from drawing and encouraged us to reconnect with the enjoyment of actually making things.

Penny Martin

As editor-in-chief of The Gentlewoman, Penny Martin oversees one of the leading independent magazines around. She was interviewed on stage by It’s Nice That’s Rob Alderson about her mission for the magazine, her editorial values and the pressures inherent in the fashion world.

Sam Jacob

Sam Jacob was a co-founder of the much-admired FAT architecture collective and is a very sought after writer and critic on a range of cultural issues. He gave an idea-rich presentation explaining the very essence of what design could and should be.

Eric Yahnker

Los Angeles-based artist Eric Yahnker explores America’s social and cultural obsessions through his vibrant, provocative practice. He explained how lying about his basketball prowess got him a job on the South Park movie and he shared ten inspiring and important lessons about creativity.

Marina Willer

Pentagram partner, graphic designer and filmmaker Marina Willer is an effervescent creative force. She spoke at Here spoke about letting the unexpected inform the aesthetic decisions we make and how anything from the amazing questions her kids ask her to pun-tastic shop names inspire her.

Agi & Sam

Fashion design wunderkinds Agi & Sam have taken the London fashion scene by storm in just a few short years. Their charming and disarmingly honest talk took us behind-the-scenes of their much-vaunted label, from their early attempts at branding to their mentors (Paul Smith and their mums).

Ewen Spencer

Photographer Ewen Spencer is a master at capturing youth culture, defining a whole generation’s aesthetic along the way. He talked us through his time documenting various music cultures and spoke frankly about a personal project that took him to the immigrant communities of southern Italy.