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LA Story: 8 Questions with Steve Banks

LA Story: 8 Questions with Steve Banks

When Bon Appetit and Architectural Digest relocated to New York last year, they left a gaping hole in the Los Angeles publishing scene. Once a thriving magazine town--L.A. Style, Creem, Beach Culture, Raygun, Hollywood Life, and New West were all SPD award regulars--there's now only a handful of big pubs left.

But amid all the change, Steven Banks has been the model of consistency in west coast magazine design. As Design Director of Los Angeles, Banks has been a big part of the magazine's recent winning streak, which includes a 2011 National Magazine Award for General Excellence from ASME. Banks was recently named Designer of the Year by the City & Regional Magazine Association (CRMA) for the second time since he joined LA Mag.

Indeed, LA publication design runs in the Banks' family. Steve's wife, Nancy Duckworth is an award-winning former AD at the LA Times magazine, and is currently freelance art directing several LA-based publications.

Meet Steve and see more work after the jump ...


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