Maximise

It won’t surprise you to learn that one of my great passions is the Austin Maxi, of which I’m a lifelong devotee. I joined the owners’ club as a teenager and finally became an owner in 2011. I fulfilled another long-term ambition when I became editor of Maximise, the club magazine, in 2015. The results in the past five years are among my proudest achievements.

Alex Hazle and his Austin Maxi
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My editorship coincided with a change to higher-quality, part-colour printing at a new supplier. It gave me a chance to reinvent the magazine, replacing collective photocopies of Word documents with fully packaged publishing (first in Scribus, then Adobe InDesign, now Affinity Publisher). Within a few days I’d created a new masthead and complete design template based on the look of commercial classic car magazines.

After five years, as of 2020 I decided to give the magazine a whole new look that still reflects the classic motoring press but also other lifestyle magazines in style and layout. You can see pages from the first issue below.

 
Maximise Winter 2020 cover
Maximise spread 1
Maximise spread 1

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Maximise spread 2
Maximise spread 2

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Maximise spread 3
Maximise spread 3

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Maximise spread 1
Maximise spread 1

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I also put my own editorial stamp on the content as a contributor and managing editor, with a consistent style and high standard of copy-editing and proofreading. I continue to flatplan, design, lay out, write, edit and polish the whole magazine single-handed each quarter. I also produce the print-ready PDFs for the printers.

Maximise – The Power of 2
Maximise – The Power of 2

Pages from Maximise feature 'The Power of 2'

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Maxi history 1969–81
Maxi history 1969–81

Maximise feature 'From launch to LOV476X'

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Maximise – The Power of 2
Maximise – The Power of 2

Pages from Maximise feature 'The Power of 2'

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