The Atlantic has managed to hire the smoldering Darhil Crooks away from Ebony Magazine. He will be the new creative director of The Atlantic, Editor-in-Chief James Bennet announced today. In this role, Crooks will oversee art direction in print, online, and on mobile and tablet devices. He will also oversee (with those eyes) the look of the outlet’s sister brands, The Atlantic Wire and Atlantic Cities.
“Darhil’s imagination and passion for ideas-driven work make him the perfect creative force for The Atlantic,” Bennet said in a release. “It’s asking a lot to hope for vision, exacting standards, a delight in taking risks, and a collaborative spirit all in one person, and we feel very lucky to have found that.”
His past…Crooks has been creative director of Ebony since January 2011. He oversaw the first cover-to-cover redesign in the title’e 66-year history. Before joining Ebony, Crooks was the art director of Esquire from 2005 to 2010. Before that, Crooks was the associate art director at Complex and then Men’s Journal. He began his design career at The Source.
There’s no doubt in our minds that Crooks could be January, June or July on any beefcake calendar.