DIXON JOINS VANITY FAIR: Graydon Carter has taken from Adam Moss’ stable again. Just weeks after Vanity Fair hired Chris Rovzar from New York to become its online editor, Carter has poached Moss’ design director, Chris Dixon.
It’s the first time since 1993 that Vanity Fair will have a new design director. David Harris, who has been in the design department for more than two decades, will slide into the role of design editor at large for the magazine.
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The move is a big one for Carter. New York has been nominated for a National Magazine Award for best design for the past six years. It won in 2006 and 2007.
“New York Magazine is an extraordinarily elegant and beautifully designed magazine,” said Carter. “And Chris is just a lovely man. He’s Canadian, which I appreciate.”
When asked about what was appealing about Vanity Fair, Carter said, “I think a monthly allows you to spend a little more time on each feature and each story. And the fact that he gets to work with a stable of the greatest photographers in the world is an attraction.”
Moss has long been known as a shadow design director of every publication he’s run. Does it concern Carter that Moss may have had an influence in Dixon’s work?
“I’m pretty involved in the design of Vanity Fair. I worked very closely with David, and I’ll work very closely with Chris,” said Carter. “I don’t want it to look like New York Magazine. I want it to look like the evolution of Vanity Fair.”
For his part, Moss wrote in an e-mail, “Chris was a terrific design director, and Vanity Fair is lucky to have him. He leaves behind a magazine continually (and obviously, in my view, rightly) recognized for its design excellence — and also a team of unusual strength to carry that excellence forward.”