Roger Black, who has designed and redesigned magazines and newspapers around the world, will become group creative director of Edipresse Asia this summer, announced Barrie C. Goodridge, CEO of Edipresse Asia.
“Bringing in a designer at Roger’s level indicates our commitment to great design and surpassing quality in our publications, both in print and online,” said Goodridge. “The industry is rapidly changing, and we reached out to a designer who is famous for adapting quickly to change, and often anticipating it,” he added.
Black led efforts in digital typography, desktop publishing, and then the web and tablets. Although he has worked as consultant for groups such as Hearst Magazines, Black is returning to the inside of a publishing company for the first time since he left Newsweek in 1987.
“The opportunity with Edipresse just became too compelling to turn down,” Black said. “The group has made a beachhead at the high end of the most exciting market in the world. This is a big challenge, to develop the best magazines on all platforms in China and throughout Southeast Asia. But if anyone can do it, it is the team that Edipresse has assembled,” he said.
Last year Black worked on the design strategy of Today in Singapore, which rebuilt its daily newspaper, web site and iPad app. Previously he led design teams at the Straits Times (Singapore), The Nation (Bangkok) and Kompas (Jakarta).