Design was in the spotlight last night at the National Magazine Awards gala, where Milton Glaser and Walter Bernard were presented with the creative excellence award “for their unique and enduring contributions to American journalism.” The two honorees were introduced by journalist and playwright Michael Kramer, and then the audience was treated to a video of them being interviewed by The New Yorker‘s Ken Auletta.
Meanwhile, Time, the magazine that Bernard redesigned back in 1977 (and then led as art director for three years), emerged victorious in the design category, besting fellow finalists Bon Appétit, BULLETT, Details, and New York, which won for magazine of the year and best magazine section. Chris Johns left the Marriott Marquis laden with elephants–the coveted yet unwieldy Alexander Calder stabile pachyderm (pictured)–as National Geographic won for photography; general excellence in the news, sports, and entertainment category; tablet magazine; and multimedia. W trounced the other nominated portfolios in the feature photography category with Steven Klein‘s Mosstastic “Good Kate, Bad Kate” from the March 2012 issue. Other victories of note: Gael Towey and Pilar Guzmán‘s reliably stunning Martha Stewart Living took home the Elllie for best lifestyle magazine, The Atlantic won for best website, and the election-rocking video ‘Full Secret Video of Private Romney Fundraiser’ earned Mother Jones a best video nod–well over 47% of the audience seemed happy about that decision.