Craig Edwards

Work History

Work History
2007 - Present

Art Director, The Advocate magazine

Here Media/Regent Entertainment

Responsible for the overall design, art and photo direction of the world’s leading gay and lesbian newsmagazine. Implemented a major redesign to mark the magazine’s 40th anniversary. Managed four-person art department and art budgets. Coordinated and directed photo shoots. Conceptualized, assigned and directed illustration, photo illustration and information graphics. Designed covers, features, front & back sections, and departments. Produced online content.

2003 - Present

Art Director, Distinction magazine

Los Angeles Times

Consulted on the launch of a new luxury lifestyle magazine. 

Designed covers, features, and departments.

2003 - 2007

Creative Director, Where magazine

Miller Publishing Group

Created a new brand identity and complete redesign of the international city magazine/visitor publication network. Worked with editors and publishers in cities across the U.S. and Europe. Helped create and launch custom publications; including upscale magazines and museum-quality books for hotels and resorts. Directed digital media expansion with the development of a web site, custom city tour podcasts, and online content.

1998 - 2003

Creative Director, The Advocate and Out magazines

LPI Media

Responsible for the overall design, art and photo direction of both magazines. Managed eight-person art department. Coordinated and directed photo shoots. Developed relationships with photographers and artists. Directed an award-winning redesign of Out magazine. Designed books for the Advocate imprint of Alyson Books.

1992 - 1998

Designer & Copy Editor, The Detroit News

Gannett Co.

Designed pages in every section, including the front page, at Michigan’s largest daily newspaper. Redesigned feature sections. Copy edited stories and wrote headlines.  

Education

Education
1986 - 1991

Journalism

Eastern Illinois University

Groups and Associations

SPD: Society of Publication Designers

SND: Society for News DesignAIGA: American Institute of Graphic Artists

Summary

I am an award-winning art director and designer. I have a solid background in all areas of creative direction, including: Art direction, layout & design, photo editing & research, producing photo shoots, location & model scouting, fashion styling, writing, copyediting, proofreading and pre-press production.

Honors

Top 10 Magazine Covers of 2009

by TIME magazine

7. The Advocate, May 2009

This clever and hilarious cover either consciously or unconsciously pays homage to the famous painting The Scream by Edvard Munch. The article it sells is about how the recession has affected the porn industry — hard times indeed! The photo suggests, among other things, that if it gets bad enough, movie producers may have to substitute blow-up dolls for flesh-and-blood actors. The movies may be rated X, but this cover gets an A. It pushes the boundaries of taste, but not for its target audience.

Time magazine honors Advocate cover