Roger Black

USA / China, guest of 6th Brumen (2013) Roger Black, the publication designer, is group creative director at Edipresse Asia in Hong Kong. Working with magazines like Rolling Stone, for newspapers like The New York Times and web sites like, Roger Black has been developing ways for publications to communicate more effectively for the past 40 years. He took this 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.

Black begun in 1968 as the 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. 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).

Black has designed for the web since 1995, and was involved with some early influential sites, including 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.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.

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