Author: Simon Das

Artificial Intelligence and Creativity Theory

An article based on an on-going collaboration between Simon Das and Matthew Kershaw, MD of Content at Iris Worldwide . Having worked together in the magazine publishing and music industries over the decades, the article came about as part of a conversation based around ‘resolving’ an AI debate around Matthew’s interest in artificial intelligence (AI) and Read More


A first time for our small (but nicely formed) research group, July 10, 2018 saw us hosting an ‘In Conversation’ hub meeting at LCC (UAL) with two esteemed guests: Dr John Oliver, Professor of Media Management at Bournemouth University and Ruth Leary, Principal Fellow of the MA in Creative and Media Enterprises at Warwick University. Overlooking Parliament Read More

What is a magazine?

From a section of a recent paper Das, S. (2016) Magazine Publishing Innovation: Two Case Studies on Managing Creativity. Publications. [Online] 4 (2), 15. The debate about what a magazine is predates the digital era by some way. There are a number of definitions of a magazine. Issues of format, distribution mechanism, platform, and periodicity Read More

Case Studies on Managing Creativity in Magazine Publishing

One of the CIMRH bloggers recently published a journal research paper comparing two innovative but different magazines – Style at Home and a magazine website, The UpComing. By examining the publishing ‘idea’  and ‘approach’, the paper highlighted a link between business innovation and how editors manage creativity in the digital era, giving some clues about managing creativity for Read More

Managing Creativity: Media ‘mission impossible’?

Creativity in the media industries, as noted by Lucy Kung (2008), is arguably more important for business competitive advantage than it is in other industries. The creativity in the working ‘capital’ of ideas, new concepts and even technologies in magazine publishing is often cited as crucial for a dynamic industry that has been heavily impacted Read More

Meaning in Method: Critical Realism in Creative Industries Research?

After meeting with the CIMRH team to discuss methodologies for our research, it left me thinking about two things: (i) how much we’d all delved into the ontological debates about social science in the last six months and (ii) given discussion about ‘reflexive’ approaches – can there be ground between positivism and interpretvism ? Having shown Read More

Italian Futurism and its humble creator

I like cars, I like architecture. And when you get asked by a stylish magazine to put the two things together, it doesn’t get more exciting that writing about the old Fiat factory at Lingotto. Here’s an article I wrote for Roadbook Magazine earlier this year A 1920s masterpiece in Italian Futurism, it turned around Read More