Five months after Condé Nast took his design director, New York magazine editor in chief Adam Moss hired a staffer of the publishing house to fill the significant spot on his masthead. Moss announced that Thomas Alberty would arrive from GQ, where he was art director. He fills the position last held by Chris Dixon, who went to Vanity Fair in September.
There’s some history of back and forth between the two publications. In the past year, New York lost Mary Kaye Schilling and Logan Hill, culture editor and writer, respectively, to GQ.
Moss is known for being design obsessed, and it's no surprise he'd mine GQ, which also has a rich design legacy. Alberty has been there since 2004, serving as deputy art director and later as art director, under design director Fred Woodward. During that time, the monthly won a National Magazine Award for design.
In announcing the hire, Moss mentioned Alberty's earlier stint at New York, where he worked in 2003 and 2004, briefly overlapping with Moss before leaving for GQ.
"I met him in my first couple of weeks here," Moss said. "He impressed me immediately, but then he left for GQ, where he got to work with some of the best design minds in the business."
Alberty rejoins New York on Feb. 6.