On New Year’s Eve day, Time magazine announced the promotion of D.W. Pine to the position of design director of the weekly magazine.
Pine will be replacing longtime art director Arthur Hochstein, who Pine had worked under as a deputy for nine years. In a memo to the staff, managing editor Richard Stengel praised Pine for his work for the magazine, including designing more than 30 covers, working as art director for the special Michael Jackson issue this summer and overseeing Time‘s “efforts on the new tablet digital platform.”
Pine, a former sportswriter, joined Time from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he was features design director, Stengel said.
“As a designer, he is always seeing around corners–and he gets more done in a day than anyone I know,” Stengel added. “D.W.’s work has a strong, clean, and spare esthetic and he has one of the great all-time Time temperaments: he’s never ruffled. He seems to come by this disposition naturally; his parents were subscribers who used to keep Time covers in a 3-ring binder.”
Hochstein, who Pine is replacing, was named art director in 1994 and had served under seven managing editors during his long career at Time. He is retiring but will continue to work for the magazine as a contributing designer.
Stengel’s full memo, after the jump
From: Stengel, Richard
Sent: Thu Dec 31 08:05:58 2009
Subject: Staff Announcement
I’m delighted to announce that D.W. Pine is Time‘s new design director. D.W. has been a deputy to Arthur for the last nine years–and has proven himself in every way an art director can. He has designed more than 30 covers, including one of my favorites from last year, the overmedicated military. (The image was a camouflaged-Prozac pill). He’s art directed half-a-dozen Person of the Year issues (including this year’s), five Time 100 issues, hundreds of cover packages, and the stunning Michael Jackson special issue. He is a master of modern design, and has handled several of our new Time books and is overseeing our efforts on the new tablet digital platform. As a designer, he is always seeing around corners–and he gets more done in a day than anyone I know. D.W. came to us from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution where he was features design director. What you probably don’t know is that he was also a sportswriter for the paper who covered the PGA tour and college basketball. D.W.’s work has a strong, clean, and spare esthetic and he has one of the great all-time Time temperaments: he’s never ruffled. He seems to come by this disposition naturally; his parents were subscribers who used to keep Time covers in a 3-ring binder. D.W.’s day-to-day partner in the art department will be his deputy Cindy Hoffman, whose style and sensibility and constant innovation has been so essential to our design evolution. Please join me in congratulating D.W. on a well-deserved promotion. — Rick