Posts tagged "Seattle Metropolitan Magazine"

After leaving the Seattle Weekly and returning from New Zealand, I spent a number of months ungainfully unemployed remodeling a studio space I’d end up never using. I finally landed a job at Sasquatch books, a number of whose covers are on this blog, and after a few years decided after a bunch of unsatisfying personnel changes (like terminating a perfectly excellent Art Director and replacing them with a newly relocated one from Farrar, Straus and Giroux that was remarkable inept) that it was time to leave. I got scouted for an AD position at a new startup magazine called Seattle Metropolitan that hired not just me but my long-time associate William Quinby (this was the third job we’d worked together), and we promptly and gleefully gave notice together. I ended up working all the time, 70-80hrs a week, sick all the time, miserable and basically hating my life. I left after 8 months to live with my girlfriend at the time in NYC. This is a small sampling of the covers work I did.

We had some nice-sized budgets, I can’t complain about that, but never enough staff to finish everything without killing ourselves. I think my favorite thing was getting infamous Seattle music scene photographer Charles Peterson to shoot a photo essay I came up with about the construction of the Seattle Light Rail project.

Occasionally I’d get a one page opener for a feature. My riff for the travel article on the old Steve McQueen/Ali MacGraw film elicited a few blank expressions.

Departments were designed on a modular concept, so you basically just plugged artwork into them, though it was fun hiring people out off the NYT’s op-ed page and book review section. I got some great local and national talent to do great things from me. I didn’t work on a magazine for almost five years until Pittsburgh Magazine called in 2011, wanting me to be their new AD. This is a rather fascinating story I’ll go into detail later on a future post.

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