The 11th annual Publishing Innovation Conference

New Frontiers is an evening all about stories, their tellers, and the new ways they are told. Every day innovative technologies and new ideas allow publishing to expand beyond tradition.
Come explore the edges of our industry
on Thursday March 19th, 2015.


The Publishing Innovation Conference is organised by students at the MA Publishing course at London College of Communication


Louise Rice

Executive Producer at TouchPress, where she develops apps that consistently remain at the forefront of storytelling innovation. Producer of Disney Animated, Apple’s Best App of 2013. Louise has over thirty years of publishing experience internationally, including Publisher and Merchandise Director for the National Gallery Company, Interim CEO at Lonely Planet, and roles at Rodale Books International, Oxford University Press, and Britannica.


Alastair Horne

Social Media and Communities Manager for Cambridge University Press’s English Language Teaching division. Alastair is the author of the Media Futures report on the Future of Publishing and has worked in digital publishing for more than a decade. He speaks regularly at publishing events, has taught classes on numerous publishing courses, and writes regularly for industry blogs and journals.


Eric Drass

Acclaimed artist and curator, working through a range of media including paint, digital installation, and generative experiments that live on the net.

Eric’s work explores themes like artificial intelligence, big data, and the relationship between humans and machines. Sometimes this work is political, frequently it is playful, often it is provocative or transgressive in some way.


Danny Miller

Co-founder and CEO of Human After All, a London based creative agency who believe that creativity connects. Danny has recently launched Weapons of Reason, a magazine dedicated to turning knowledge into action.
Danny is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on creative economy, where he’s currently exploring open knowledge sharing among the creative industries.


Ed Lake

Deputy editor of, a popular website about nature, culture and ideas, which he helped to found in 2012. Previously he was deputy editor of The Review, a cultural supplement of The National. He has worked in journalism, whether print or online, for more than a decade.


Dr. Luciana Radut-Gaghi

An associate professor at the University of Cergy-Pontoise, near Paris, with a distinguished career in academia and communications. Since September 2014, she has coordinated LEMEL, a group of eight teams that conduct research into European online media. Her areas of expertise are journalism, sociology, and political and media discourse. Her book, Diasporas, Exiles, Cosmopolitanism was published earlier this year.

University of Cergy-Pontoise

Chris Helm

Founder of Inkvite, a collaborative social writing platform, which he has nurtured and launched to the Appstore and beyond. Chris also consults to a wide variety of businesses from tech start-ups to collection societies, and builds tech products through the company 76things.


Xander Cansell

Head of Digital for crowdfunding publisher Unbound, which offers a new way for authors and readers to connect. Previously he has run a circular bookshop, been a researcher for QI and Radio 4, created bespoke libraries for some very posh hotels and built things on the web for a living. Xander has worked for Unbound since 2010.


Seb Emina

Editor-in-chief of The Happy Reader, an international magazine about reading and books by Penguin and Fantastic Man. Released quarterly, or ‘seasonally’, The Happy Reader was launched in November 2014 and is available to subscribers for just the cost of p&p. Seb is the co-author of The Breakfast Bible, a breakfasters’ compendium published by Bloomsbury, and formerly ran the digital operation for Artangel.


Adam Banks

Tech journalist with two decades’ experience writing, editing, designing, teaching, and more, including esteemed positions at Computer Buyer, the University of Sunderland, and several leading tech titles. Adam is former editor-in-chief of MacUser, a monthly computer magazine delivering the most up-to-date tutorials, news, and reviews – also the UK’s longest established Apple magazine. An authority on tech­nology and magazine publishing, and head of Vast Landscape Ltd.


Matt Potter

As a journalist, broadcaster, filmmaker, author and head of content at global content agency John Brown Media, Matt’s commitment to powerful storytelling has taken him from BBC radio to Hollywood, via investigative work in Afghanistan and Russia and omnichannel projects for some of the world’s biggest brands. His non-fiction books, Outlaws Inc.: Flying with the world’s most dangerous
smugglers, and F*** You & Goodbye: A History of the resignation, were both bestseller-listed. He lives in London


Ken Jones

Director at CircularFLO, a software that allows users to format fixed layout eBooks directly from InDesign. The program makes it possible to create interactive titles without coding, and exports to a single file compatible across e-reading platforms. CircularFlo is used to build eBooks for some of the most enormously popular eBook titles by Hachette UK, Hodder and Stoughton, Headline, Octopus, and more.

Molly Taylor

Our presenter for the evening. Molly Taylor is Communications Manager at Elephant, a quarterly art and visual culture magazine approaching its 22nd issue. Co-Editor of Digress, a poetry and art zine and Alumna of LCC MA Publishing Course. MA Dissertation on ‘The Age of Video: How Magazine Editorial Teams Can Best Transform to Seize New Opportunities in Audiovisual Content’. Interested in how to develop independent magazine brands.



16:00 – 16:30


16:30 – 16:40


16:40 – 17:40

Introductory speakers

Danny Miller, CEO and Co-founder of Human After All
Dr. Luciana Radut-Gaghi, associated professor at University of Cergy-Pontoise
Eric Drass
, artist and curator

17:40 – 18:15

Coffee break

18:15 – 19:00


1: Stories For Busy People

How do we fit reading between GIFs and listicles?
Ed Lake, Deputy Editor of

2: Stories For the Young at Heart

How do we engage a new generation of readers?
Louise Rice, Executive Producer at TouchPress

3: Stories For Techies

How are narratives changing in a digital world?
Adam Banks, Former editor-in-chief of MacUser and tech journalist

4: Stories For Collaborators

How are we creating and sharing content together?
Seb Emina, Editor-in-chief of The Happy Reader

19:00 – 19:15

Announcement of the Macmillan Award

19:15 – 20:00

Round-Up Panel

How Stories Are Told Today
Xander Cansell, Head of Digital at Unbound
Chris Helm, Founder of Inkvite
Alastair Horne, Social media and communities manager at Cambridge University Press
Ken Jones, Director at CircularFLO
Matt Potter, Head of Content at John Brown Media

20:00 – 21:00


Join us after the conference for drinks and mingling.

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London College of Communication
Atelier Bingo

the team

Caitlin Kirkman

Project Manager

Serena Ugolini

PR and Marketing Manager

Grace Flahive

Editorial Director

Nina Thommesen

Event and Speakers Coordinator

Stine Fantoft Berg

Art Director