Charles McQuaid

Freelance Journalist

Location icon United Kingdom

I am passionate about story telling, finding, exposing and sharing the world through journalism with print and film as the medium. I have worked with prestigious companies such as Disegno and Hero Magazine and have interviewed upcoming stars such as Matt Maltese and Florence Pugh as well as established names like Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.

Although my portfolio doesn't necessarily display it, I am very enthusiastic about the role of film within journalism. I was elected as Multimedia Editor for an alumni magazine and multimedia within journalism is where I hope to take my career.

Portfolio

Disegno & HERO

HERO magazine
The South London crooner tackling Theresa May and Donald Trump's political romance

Hailing from the rolling roundabouts of Reading, singer-songwriter Matt Maltese has only recently moved to London - South London, to be precise. Surrounded by a thriving community of young talent, such as hotly-tipped local musicians HMLTD, Goat Girl, Dead Pretties and Shame, the young musician has found an ideal hub for exploring his own creative ambitions.

DisegnoDaily
01/29/2017
Natural Irregularities

For Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, drawing is an essential part of the design process. Disegno speaks to Ronan on the creativity and importance of sketching, and the design studio's new hand-drawn textile Rivi.

HERO magazine
Spencer Murphy's photographs of London's elusive dirt biker subculture

In the 2013 documentary 12 O'Clock Boys, a young Baltimore boy dreams of joining the ranks of a group of urban dirt bike riders who wreak havoc in his home city. After seeing the film, photographer Spencer Murphy wondered whether a parallel community existed in London.

HERO magazine
03/15/2017
This group of artists are documenting skateboarding culture around the world

Collating works by global artists, independent publisher Project Upcoming's new exhibition, RIPPER, is spotlighting emerging talents who are documenting the changing face of today's skateboarding scene. Skateboarding is an common thread for these artists, intersecting it with personal notions: communities, their homes, their travels, their society and politics.

HERO magazine
The photo book capturing the reality of the migrant crisis

Media coverage of the migrant crisis has been scrutinised throughout Europe and across the world. Often deemed as insensitive and unethical, a recent report by the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN) suggested that news outlets are politically led and follow an agenda dominated by right-wing propaganda and political gain.

HERO magazine
Zaha Hadid's early paintings anticipated the future of digital tech

Dame Zaha Hadid was recognised as one of the world's most influential architects, her buildings defied classification and even gravity. She continuously battled with convention and always looked towards the future of architecture using both technology and tactics: "There can be no progress without an element of uncertainty and without a sensation of embarking on a journey into the unknown," Hadid once said of progression and innovation.

HERO magazine
Inside the first ever exhibition dedicated to queer British art

"There is something about the fear associated with the word 'queer', but also something about it holds liberating potential," says Clare Barlow, curator of a new exhibition at the Tate: Queer British Art 1861-1967. The term 'queer' has evolved throughout it's lengthy history, from abusive connotations to freer potential.

DisegnoDaily
01/29/2017
Design for the Future Old

As an exhibition dedicated to designing for the elderly population opens at the Design Museum, writer and curator Jeremy Myerson speaks to Disegno about how design can help ease the transition into old age.

HERO magazine
Deconstructing Frank Gehry's architectural legacy on his 88th birthday

Since renowned architect Frank Gehry established his Los Angeles practice in 1962 he has honed his signature style, instantly recognisable by his ability to fragment and distort traditional notions of structure, form and volume whilst simultaneously capturing movement and light.

DisegnoDaily
01/29/2017
Deconstructing the Brick

Brickfield, a new exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, charts the journey of clay from raw to the refined while prompting reflection on the brick.

HERO magazine
Ai Weiwei is erecting over 100 fences in NYC to address migration issues

T op image: Ai Weiwei's 'Good Fences Make Good Neighbors' (2016) Courtesy of the Public Art Fund Ai Weiwei, the challenging Chinese artist and activist, will erect over 100 security fences and installations throughout New York City this October. Good Fences Make Good Neighbours is Weiwei's biggest public art project to date and focuses on the current state of global migration.

HERO magazine
Amazon has successfully completed its first drone delivery

It's been three years since Amazon first revealed its audacious plan to make deliveries using drones. Yesterday this vision become reality when the company revealed that it has made the first drone-powered delivery in Cambridge. The order was placed and took just thirteen minutes to arrive from the custom-built fulfilment centre nearby.