Ask The Pros
Ask the Pros: Live! Featuring... David Curcurito
Today meet David Curcurito, Design Director of the always-inspiring Esquire. For seven-and-a-half years, David has been developing a visual language for Esquire Magazine that he likes to describe as reckless and irresponsible. Under his direction, Esquire has been defying traditional newsstand cover design with heavy type and nearly illegible cover lines. His jam-packed design treatment was revolutionary at the time and Esquire's covers have since defined their own niche and became instant classics.
Read on for more on David....
As Esquire expands beyond the limits of its medium, so has David's design. For its 75th anniversary in the fall of 2008, the magazine merged digital technology with print, publishing
a cover that was embedded with an electronic paper display. In 2009, Esquire created a stir first in February 2009 by putting a window in its cover that would, open to reveal an editorial
experience, and then later in May 2009 by revealing the industry's first-ever triple- cover treatment, allowing the reader to mix George Clooney, President Obama, and Justin Timberlake's eyes, nose, and mouth to create multiple faces.
But print tricks and treatments were only the beginning: In December 2009, Esquire created the first "augmented reality" magazine in history--it allowed users to literally bring the pages to life. And when Esquire launched its applications for the iPad in 2011, critics deemed it "groundbreaking".
During David's tenure, Esquire has been honored with countless awards. SPD has named Esquire a finalist for Magazine of the Year three times over the past five years, and has granted them several gold and silver awards and countless merits. The American Society of
Magazine Editors has recognized the brand numerous times: with a National Magazine Award for general excellence, as a finalist for Cover of the Year four years in a row, nominations
in 2009 and 2010 for a Ellie Award in design, and the very first Digital Ellie for Esquire's ipad edition. Esquire's annual fashion and grooming guide, Esquire's Big Black Book, also overseen by David, has been nominated for several SPD awards in its five-year history.
David studied painting and illustration at Parsons School of Design. Throughout his 25 years in publishing, he's worked for various titles and companies including General Media, Hachette Publishing, Manhattan File Magazine, The Source Magazine, Complex and American Express Publishing. In 2008, he was recognized as an industry influencer in Folio's annual Folio 40 in 2008.
To help prepare for Wednesday's event, we asked David what was something he knows now about career/job-hunting that he wish he knew in the beginning. His answer was short and sweet:
Join us this Wednesday 10/24 to hear more from David about how to get a job with Esquire or any magazine ... trust us, you'll be glad you did, he's got some great advice waiting to be shared. As do all our awesome panelists. So sign up now to reserve your spot! (Tickets will be sold at the door at a higher price only if space remains.)