Develop Talk: Making the Cover

6:30pm, Tue 25 Oct 2022

Join us for this panel discussion, as we explore the editorial process behind the magazine cover

A magazine is place on a silk gold quilt

Develop Talk: Making the Cover

6:30pm, Tue 25 Oct 2022

Join us for this panel discussion, as we explore the editorial process behind the magazine cover

This event is part of the Develop youth programme which is open to 14 to 24 year olds. Please only sign up if you are within the age bracket. 

Joined by five industry professionals who all worked on Elephant Magazine’s Spring/Summer cover, we’ll explore what goes into making a magazine’s front page, from concept to print.

Pairing Turner Prize nominee Sin Wai Kin and Turner Prize winner Tai Shani, Elephant’s cover was shot by Hidhir Badaruddin and styled by Matt King, with set design by Bubby Nurse. Holly Black, Elephants managing editor, and Tom Joyes, Elephants Art Director, produced and oversaw the shoot. In this online event the five shall each reflect on their roles within the shoot, exploring how a myriad of people, ideas, and skills all come together to deliver the creative brief.

About Hidhir Badaruddin

Hidhir Badaruddin is a photographer, born in Singapore and based in London. Drawing from the themes of identity, gender, and sexuality, working across many genres to explore and document a generation of Asian Masculinity. Since graduating in 2020, he has produced work for publications including Vogue India, Dazed, Gay Times, King Kong Garçon, Elephant and Notion Magazine, among others, the latter featuring his first magazine cover with artist Shygirl just 4 months after graduating from University. In 2021, Hidhir was announced as the recipient of the Getty Images Creative Bursary Award for his ongoing photo series Younglawa, earning him a grant of $10,000.

About Matt King

Matt King is a London based stylist and creative director, since graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2009 he has developed work across fashion, film, music and performance. Matt's connection to underground culture has led to a unique sense of style mixing an authentic blend of music, fashion and subculture references. Selected clients include: British Vogue, Dazed, Clash Magazine, Nowness, Sony Music, Universal Music, Warner Music.

About Bubby Nurse

Bubby Nurse is a set designer and backdrop creator. She has collaborated with Elephant Magazine, DD Studios, PRIMARY, Notion, and Gucci.

About Holly Black

Holly Black is one of Elephant’s editors at large. She has written for publications including AnOther, Aperture, Wallpaper and The Art Newspaper, and has consulted for Tate, The Arts Society and The Courtauld Institute. Previously, she was deputy editor at Art Quarterly magazine, where she worked on all aspects of editorial and print production. Her first book, Artists on Art: How the Masters See, Think & Create is due to be published by Laurence King in 2021.

About Tom Joyes

Tom Joyes is a Scottish independent graphic designer and art director based in Glasgow. He creates identities, publications, exhibitions, campaigns and websites with collaborators that range from independent artists and cultural institutions to international magazines and retail companies. He is currently Elephant's art director, and has lectured at the Glasgow School of Art and Central Saint Martins. Tom is the founder and editor of Image Breakers (, a digital magazine platforming queer image makers and their technical processes.