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Details was the GQ for a less traditional, more urbane audience, marrying the trenchant wit of SPY with the utility of a gentleman’s guide to cosmopolitan trends. It projected a savvy personality that extended from its colorful staff and contributors and was inspired by a creative director who relished the grey area between editorial layout and post-modern design—scooping up two National Magazine Awards for Visual Excellence. I worked for Details over a span of ten years, mainly on feature and fashion layouts but in 2010 I also became the art director for their men’s style section. In 2014 I stepped in as Design Director and led a front-to-back redesign that included custom-drawn typography and signature rubric iconography. In November of 2014, Condé Nast suddenly closed the magazine—despite it having increased its guaranteed circulation that year to 550,000—citing a mandate to divert considerable funding into online properties. It was an abrupt and unexpected final curtain closing a long chapter spent with a vibrant publication and a devoted, familial staff.
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