Daianna Karaian, Founder and editor
Daianna is on a mission to help thoughtful, creative people learn from and collaborate with each other to do world-changing work. As part of her midlife crisis, she has started learning aikido and the cello. @daiannatweets
Ben the Illustrator, Cover artist
Ben is a graphic artist based in Somerset, UK. Having started his career in London making animated music videos, Ben now makes colourful illustration work for prints and commercial clients. He loves to travel with his sketchbook, recording every cafe, museum and tourist destination in his unique graphic style. @benillustrator
Molly Flatt, Writer
Molly writes about the impact of technology on publishing, culture and identity. She is Associate Editor for FutureBook and Digital Editor for PHOENIX Magazine. She lives in Hackney, London with her husband and daughter but spends most of her spare time in the countryside, ignoring her phone and making stuff up. @mollyflatt
Robbie Dale, Writer and botmaker
Robbie is variously: writer of weird and wonderful words, founder of Make More Dots, inventor of ‘grated butter’, sometime award-winning creative director, camera owner, cardigan wearer, keen snoozer, dad to a tiny human/snooze-stealer, and general maker of stuff. @robbiewords
Bill Ridgers, Writer
Bill is a cricketer, musician and Economist journalist. Not necessarily in that order. He is co-editor of Espresso, The Economist’s daily news briefing, and writes about travel, management, music and sport. He loves to see the world, and has never visited a place he didn’t like. Except Vienna. @billridgers
Kate Sinclair, Writer
Kate was almost a doctor, then she wrote a viral article about how becoming a doctor would be selling out, and after several years of drifting, she became a graphic designer—sort of. She has no pets, but there are moths living in some of her sweaters. @katedotdotdotsinclair
Leigh Terrafranca, Writer
Leigh is a planning officer and community advocate in Wimbledon, London, and mother to the UK’s fastest teen Rubik’s cube speed solver. She believes God gave us two ears and one mouth, and we should use them in that proportion. She writes a lot.
Last but never least…
Special thanks to Jason Karaian, Rowena Cumner, Jen Caira, James Quarles, Phil Rumbol, Craig Mawdsley, Dom Boyd, all those who’ve provided feedback, support and encouragement from the start, and everyone else who made the PLAY issue possible.
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