Slate will likely soon be looking different as Jason Santa Maria joins as design director. In this role, Santa Maria will oversee both the art and design teams and Slate’s look and feel across platforms.
“Jason is a leader in defining the way the modern web is built,” said Slate Group vice chairman Dan Check in a statement. “Beyond that, he’s built powerful systems that allow editors to produce beautiful, unique work. We’re thrilled to have him elevating and strengthening Slate’s visual identity in the increasingly complex world of digital journalism.”
Santa Maria is the co-founder of A Book Apart, publisher of short but comprehensive one-topic examinations of different aspects of website creation for designers and developers and the author of A Book Apart title On Web Typography.
Most recently, Santa Maria was executive design director at Vox and before then was creative director of Typekit, subscription-based provider of fonts.
In case you’re wondering what he did before that, here’s Santa Maria’s #firstsevenjobs
Hardware store clerk
Auto parts driver
Magazine design intern
— Jason Santa Maria (@jasonsantamaria) August 7, 2016