Five Questions for Stanley Collado, Art Production Aide

Ever looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What does a photo producer actually do? Does a deputy art director get a shiny badge? And why are some people creative directors and others design directors? 
Our blog series "Five Questions for..."  is here to help answer those questions and give you insight into working in the world of publication design. Is there a particular job that you want to know more about? Email  us at and we'll find an expert who does it. They'll give you their take, and then it's up to you to put their advice to work. Read on to find out what being an Art Production Aide is like for Stanley Collado.

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About the Pro

Stanley Collado
Art Production Aide
Works for: Men's Health
Degree Earned: BS, Graphic Design 
Twitter: @stancollado

1. Imagine you're talking to someone who has never heard of your job. How would you describe it to them?

My job is to assist the Art and Photo Departments with their daily goals so that everything is on schedule and running smoothly. This often takes the form of photo research for an upcoming feature, content revisions as requested by the Production Manager, and layout/icon design under the guidance of the Art Director.

2. What about your job makes you love it?

The opportunity to be creative and learn from the very best at Men's Health is what makes me love it, being able to dive into layouts and gain first hand experience of the machinations of a great magazine is also a nice perk.

3. What do you think of as the big break in your career?

My big break began at my summer internship at Inc. almost a year ago, during my senior year of college. Learning from the great team of Art Directors and Editors at Inc. was crucial to my development as a designer and has led to more opportunities down the line. 

4. What is your biggest professional mistake or regret?

I'm not sure that I have one, but I would say taking opportunities when they are here is important. I don't think I always did that in my freshman and sophomore years in college. Students, there are tons of free and low cost events, organizations (SPD for one), software, and useful stuff for you if you just take the small amount of time to look. Trust me, you won't regret it.

5. What advice or parting words do you have for anyone who wants to do what you do?

This may seem cliché but just go for it! Work hard and practice by making layouts for your favorite magazines, read, listen and take in the art and design inspiration that's all around you, and lastly, attend events where you can learn from design pros as well as fellow students. In fact, I wouldn't be here if it weren't for my initiative to volunteer at SPD and attend their great students events. I never left an SPD event empty.

Is there a particular job that you want to know more about? Email us at and we'll find an expert who does it. They'll give you their take, and then it's up to you to put their advice to work. 

"Five Questions for..." is edited by Joseph Caserto
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