Designing Magazines

Contributors to the book

David Barringer is the author of American Mutt Barks in the Yard, co-published by Emigré and Princeton Architectural Press. He has written for I.D. Magazine, Eye Magazine, and AIGA's Voice.

Roger Black has been involved in the design of the content-based media since 1970. He's led redesigns at Newsweek, Esquire, Fast Company, Smart Money, Reader's Digest and other publications. He was a staff art director at The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and Newsweek. He's currently works from a small studio in New York.

John Brady is former editor-in-chief at Writer’s Digest and Boston Magazine. He is a partner at Brady & Paul Communications, a publishing consultancy that has redesigned over 300 magazines.

Gilbert Cranberg is George H. Gallup Professor of Journalism Emeritus at the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He was associated for thirty-three years with The Des Moines Register and Tribune where he was editor of the editorial pages of both papers.

Harp Magazine editor-in-chief and art director Scott Crawford has been involved in magazines since before he even hit puberty (late last year). At the age of twelve, he published his first fanzine--devoted to the then burgeoning Washington, DC punk scene--and over twenty years later, he still gets a kick out of discovering and turning his readers onto new music. He lives in Silver Spring, MD, with his wife, three children, and slobbering mess of a dog, Elvis.

Steven Heller is co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author program at The School of Visual Arts and editor of Voice: AIGA Journal of Design.

Samir Husni, is the Chair of the Journalism Department at the University of Mississippi. He is also Professor and Hederman Lecturer of Journalism. Dr. Husni is the author of the annual Samir Husni's Guide to New Magazines, which is now in its twenty-first year. He is also the author of Launch Your Own Magazine: A Guide for Succeeding in Today's Marketplace published by Hamblett House, Inc., and Selling Content: The Step-by-Step Art of Packaging Your Own Magazine, published by Kendall Hunt. When he is not at the newsstands buying magazines, Dr. Husni is at home or in his office reading them.

Hana Jung is Design Director of Northern Virginia.

Joyce Rutter Kaye has been the editor-in-chief of Print since 2003, after five years as managing editor. As editor-in-chief, she has overseen a complete redesign of the sixty-seven-year-old magazine and its Web site, launched Print’s annual conferences, and created a minor ruckus for publishing a special issue on sex and design. Since Kaye joined Print, the magazine has won two National Magazine Awards for General Excellence and a number of additional ASME nominations. Previously Kaye was managing editor of U&lc, a reporter for Advertising Age/Creativity, and a freelance writer covering design and consumer culture.

Alissa Levin is principal of Point Five Design, a studio and consultancy in New York City. Point Five Design has been recognized for its work for The Paris Review, Legal Affairs, The American Prospect, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and Lingua Franca among other publications.

Greg Lindsay is a contributing writer to Fast Company and an editor-at-large for Advertising Age. He covered the magazine business as a senior correspondent for Inside.com, a contributing editor to Folio:, and as media editor of Women's Wear Daily, and he continues to write about the media business for Mediabistro.com and many other magazines.

Margaret Littman is a Chicago-based writer and editor who shops for magazines more than anything else. Her magazine racks are filled with her clips from Art & Antiques, Ladies Home Journal, and Wine Enthusiast magazines. She was the editor of Chicago Shops 2006 and is the author of several guidebooks, including The Dog Lover’s Companion to Chicago and VegOut Vegetarian Guide to Chicago.

After POPsmear, Pete Morelewicz went on to design various magazines for big, soulless corporations until he landed at Washington City Paper where he now serves as art director. Along with his wife Christine, he curates a museum devoted to squished pennies from their Washington, DC, home.

Robert Newman has been the design director of Fortune, Real Simple, Entertainment Weekly, New York, Details, Vibe, Inside, The Village Voice, and Guitar World. He was the editor of the music and culture magazine The Rocket in Seattle. He is past president of the Society of Publication Designers, has been a frequent guest lecturer at the Poynter Institute, and speaks regularly to groups about design and art direction.

Kathy Martin O'Neil worked at Outside Magazine from 1989 to 1995, starting as an intern and finishing as Managing Editor. Today she is a freelance writer and editor in Indianapolis with three kids.

Denise M. Reagan has been making connections between words and visuals since she entered the news design field in 1988. A graduate of the University of Florida journalism school in Gainesville, she has designed and art directed pages at The News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne, Ind.; The Detroit Free Press; the Star Tribune in Minneapolis; the Savannah Morning News; and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She is now the AME/Visuals at The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. As a consultant with MG Redesign, she has worked on projects such as the redesign of The Spokesman-Review.

Ron Reason is a publication design consultant and educator based in Chicago and a Visiting Faculty member (and former Director of Visual Journalism) of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla. He has redesigned large and small magazines and newspapers around the globe. His web site has tips, case studies, and other resources.

Dan Rolleri was editor and publisher of Speak Magazine. He is currently writing a book and living in Sisters, Oregon.

Jandos Rothstein is an assistant professor of graphic design at George Mason University, design director of Governing Magazine, and a freelance editorial design consultant. He has written for Print, ID, Voice: AIGA Journal of Design, Design Journal, and other publications. He lives approximately in Washington, DC, with his wife and two daughters.

Dan Zedek is the Design Director of The Boston Globe. He has worked as an art director or deputy at numerous magazines and weekly newspapers including Parenting, Seattle Weekly, Natural Health, Guitar World, and the Village Voice. He redesigned many of those publications and has acted as freelance redesign consultant.


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