Helen Ankers

darc’s editor Helen Ankers, takes the hot-seat in this week’s ‘Quick Fire’.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A teacher.

What is your favourite thing about being the editor of darc?

Everything but print day! I’m grateful I have a job I’m passionate about… travelling around the world is pretty great too!

Who would your dream interview subject be?

There’s so many out there, but I actually part fulfilled this dream for issue 25… I was dying to interview product designer Lindsey Adelman and we made it happen for the Women in Design feature. Still on my list… Barber & Osgerby (they’re hard to pin down!)

Lindsey Adelman interview in issue 25.

What inspires you?

The designers featured in darc magazine. I love interviewing people and finding out what makes them tick. It’s inspiring to hear how a project goes from an initial idea to the finished product.

If you didn’t work in publishing what would you do?

I quite like the idea of working in events, or perhaps my love for exercise could see a move into personal training.

What’s your favourite Instagram account?

@catsofinstagram & @vinterior

darc’s women of light, issue 25.

What was the last thing you googled?

Sunset bar in Manchester

Which of our issues are you most proud of?

Issue 25: We celebrated women of design as part of International Women’s Day. We received some great praise for that issue and it was wonderful to be able to share the achievements of female designers in an industry that is still dominated by the opposite sex.

What or who is the next big thing in lighting?

I think we’ll start to see more and more work with OLED technology in decorative lighting… ‘pretty’ lighting is set to get a whole lot more technical and as a result, more creative.

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