Meet the guests of 6th Brumen: Roger Black

American publication designer is mostly known for his work on redesign of newspapers, magazines and news sites such as Rolling Stone, The New York Times and Esquire. He was one of the first publication designers who started designing for web in mid-nineties. This year, he took a position in Hong Kong, becoming a group creative director for Edipresse Asia publishing.

Working with magazines like Rolling Stone, for newspapers like The New York Times and web sites like Bloomberg.com, Roger Black has been developing ways for publications to communicate more effectively for the past 40 years.

He took this new position in July of 2013. Although he has worked as consultant for groups such as Hearst Magazines (where he redesigned Esquire — twice), Black is returning to the inside of a publishing company for the first time since he left Newsweek in 1987.

“The industry is rapidly changing, and we reached out to a designer who is famous for adapting quickly to change, and often anticipating it,” said Barrie C. Goodridge, CEO of Edipresse Asia, the international publishing group.

Black has designed for the web since 1995, and was involved with some early influential sites, including MSNBC.com and @Home Network. He led the launch of The Sporting News, a hybrid iPad app built on the HTML5 publication platform, Treesaver, and he designed print and digital platforms for the Washington Post and Scientific American.

Over the years his teams have redesigned Reader's Digest, Esquire, Premiere, Fast Company, Smart Money, Panorama (Italy) Semana (Colombia) and The Nation (Thailand). Newspaper work includes the Los Angeles Times, Houston Chronicle, Rocky Mountain News, Toronto Star, Tages Anzeiger (Zurich), Kompas (Jakarta) and the Straits Times (Singapore),

In 1968 he was editor of The Maroon, the University of Chicago newspaper, and was awarded a professional achievement award from the university in 1996. After serving as chief art director of Rolling Stone, New York, The New York Times, and Newsweek, Black started his own publication design firm in 1987, and became a founding partner in the Font Bureau in 1989.

He is the author of two books on design, Desktop Design Power, and Web Sites That Work, and he writes an occasional blog on his own site. Last year Black was given a lifetime achievement award from the Society of News Design. He now lives in Hong Kong, and keeps a home in St. Pete Beach, Florida.

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