Creative Process

Looking at how work gets made & what gets in the way

Destination: Coal Drops Yard

Coal Drops Yard is a spectacular new shopping hub, opening next month in London’s King’s Cross and housed in two repurposed Victorian warehouses. As part of our shopping week on CR, we talk to architects Heatherwick Studio about how it was created

Berlin: The graphic novel that took 20 years to complete

Jason Lutes has spent the past two decades working on Berlin – an epic, 600-page graphic novel that follows the lives of Berlin residents in the years leading up to World War Two. We talk to Lutes about the process and the changing perceptions of the comic as an art form

How I Work: Jessie Burton

Novelist Jessie Burton has recreated her writing space in the window of Heal’s in London as part of an exhibition for London Design Festival. We talk to her about how her real writing ‘shed’ influences her writing, and how she copes with both success and criticism

How I Work: Cooper Hewitt Director Caroline Baumann

In the five years since becoming director, Caroline Baumann has turned Cooper Hewitt’s visitor demographic upside down, re-establishing it as New York’s go-to authority for design. She discusses how she reinvented the museum, and why approachability is the future for design

How I Work: V&A Rapid Response Curator Corinna Gardner

As guardian of the V&A’s Rapid Response Collection, Corinna Gardner has overseen the museum’s acquisition of everything from a 3D-printed gun to a Pussyhat. She explains how the museum makes its decisions, and why Primark jeans and false eyelashes belong under its roof

How I Work: Artist Alex Chinneck

He’s unzipped buildings, made houses melt, and tied 450-year-old architecture in knots. Alex Chinneck’s work looks like magic, but the story behind each project is complex. From planning permission to hand-crafted wax windows, here’s how he gets his ideas made

How I Work: Beano Studios Editorial Director Mike Stirling

Cult comic the Beano is celebrating its 80th birthday this year. To mark the occasion, we speak to Mike Stirling who heads up Beano’s in-house studio about the ‘fun factory’ work culture at its Dundee headquarters, and how to make a heritage brand stay relevant in a digital world