Creative Synergy Spotlight: Creative Director Cybele Grandjean

Creative Synergy Spotlight: Creative Director Cybele Grandjean As the date for our Creative Synergy event approaches (it's next Tuesday, the 22nd. Sign up now!), we're talking to each of our panelists about what they're working on and some ways they find inspiration... today we're featuring creative director Cybele Grandjean, but be sure to come back the rest of the week as we meet all the other panelists too.

So read on about Cybele and then buy your ticket before the event sells out...


cgrandjean_headshot.jpgCybele Grandjean

Cybele is a partner at Ligature (, a design studio based in New York City that specializes in magazine redesigns, branding, digital media and more. Most recently, Cybele and her team completed a redesign of Martha Stewart Living debuting with its July/August 2013 issue.

Previously, she worked on the relaunch of Condé Nast's Brides magazine. As Creative Director, she worked closely with the Brides art and editorial teams to completely reinvent the magazine, creating a bold, fresh and modern brand that speaks to today's visually sophisticated young audience.

Previously she worked as Design Director of Real Simple magazine where she helped evolve its look. She also contributed to the redesign of More magazines, and helped create the award-winning Blueprint magazine.

Cybele has spoken at both local and international design events. Her work has been recognized by The Society of Publication Designers, The Art Directors Club, American Photography, and others. She studied graphic design at the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.

SPD:  What is your favorite inspirational site?
CYBELE:  Honestly, I don't have one go-to site.

SPD:  What are you currently working on?
CYBELE:  I'm working on a couple of magazine redesigns. Because I'm working from my studio, I get to be an accountant, project manager, creative director, designer and everything else.

SPD:  When you have creative block, what do you do?
CYBELE:  I try to take some time to get out of the office and just at look books, magazines, art or nature. I also try to remind myself that it's good not to know the answer, because it forces you to be creative.

Check out Cybele's work on her site:

To hear more from Cybele and our other awesome panelists, get your tickets for our Creative Synergy event now. It's happening next Tuesday, 10/22 in NYC. SPD Student Members get FREE entry, all others are $15. Reserve your spot here.
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