Easy on the eyes

By Jonathan Black

My third session of the day was “Life After Esquire,” led by two former Esquire designers.

Michael Wilson, who is now with Philadelphia Magazine, opened the presentation by talking about his career path. He jumped between music magazines, including an 8-moth hiatus to New Zealand to recharge. After returning to the industry, he got a job at Esquire.

Wilson offered good, if not cliched, advice to the audience: don’t chase the money, don’t be afraid to fail, reach out to people, etc.

Darhil Crooks, who is now with The Atlantic, presented the audience with some of the designs he’s worked on. They are pretty impressive feats. He’s designed with Esquire, Ebony and The Atlantic. The latter two he changed the mastheads for.

Crooks’ portion of the presentation was definitely interesting, but I’m not sure how applicable it was to teaching students.


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