#ThisIsMe magazine : Behind the cover

#ThisIsMe magazine : Behind the cover

When we decided the time was right to develop issue one of our very own diversity focussed magazine we knew we wanted it to stand out from the crowd. We’re not a fan of stock images and generic feeling magazine covers so these were a no no from the offset. We became a fan of Edinburgh-based artist Mark Vice’s work through social media and his style and use of vibrant covers really popped out and this is exactly what we wanted. We had some initial ideas that we proposed to Mark when we reached out to him and thankfully he was up for being a part of #ThisIsMe, after our successful partnership on our first event. Mark had his own ideas and developed what you see on the cover of our first issue. We love it. Big thanks to Mark and his good friend Sonya Elder who was up for having neon paint poured over her head. We hope you like the cover of issue1 of #ThisIsMe as much as we do.

About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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