It’s been more than eighteen months since my last update, but rest assured things have been anything but quiet in the intervening period. “Better the devil you know”, the old adage goes. And by that logic, I figured, better the Ben Hanson state of the union update you can read than the one you can’t. So here’s what I’ve been up to lately.
Regular visitors will know that I took over the reins of Editor at WhichPLM in 2011, alongside my other freelance work and personal writing projects. A digital magazine dedicated the technology for the fashion and retail industries, WhichPLM has since become practically my sole client. I’ve travelled the world with them, and had the opportunity to head up a terrific team and build a real editorial voice – one that’s gone on to win accolades from writers, brands and analysts whom I really respect.
At the start of 2014, my role with WhichPLM stepped up another notch: I became Editorial Director, and had the chance to produce new initiatives like the educational service WhichPLM Academy, and the increasingly popular WhichPLM Annual Reviews. At the time of writing, I’m hard at work on the 2014 publication, collaborating with companies like Microsoft, Marc Jacobs, AllSaints, Wal-Mart, and a host of retail industry analysts to pull together something really special in print and digital forms.
These have all proven to be virtually all-consuming projects, but luckily I’ve also been able to set aside some time for valued clients and personal projects – both of which I intend to pursue this year and beyond.