Richard Turley is set to make waves in the design world at a completely new port of call: MTV. The always interesting, sometimes controversial Bloomberg Businessweek art director announced the move on his Tumblr this morning, with profuse thank yous to his colleagues at Businessweek (particularly editor Josh Tyrangiel) and enthusiastic statements about his new gig.
“It’s time for me to learn something new and work with different content for a different audience,” he wrote. “The opportunity to work with animators, video artists, journalists, designers, musicians, artists—creating content, creating culture, for an audience as big as MTV’s is really exciting," wrote Turley, also known as the mastermind behind Businessweek's headline-making overhaul in 2010.
Turley, who hails from the U.K., spent most of his career at The Guardian before heading to Businessweek (then just recently purchased by Bloomberg) in 2010 to help oversee the redesign under Tyrangiel. The duo managed to turn Businessweek into one of the buzziest magazines on the market, thanks in no small part to Turley’s attention-grabbing covers like 2012’s copulating airplanes (illustrating the United Airlines/Continental Airlines merger) and last year’s very phallic “Hedge Fund Myth.”
Other controversial content included a cover story on the business dealings of the Mormon Church that stirred criticism from members of the religion and another cover image for a story about the housing rebound that featured a cash-filled home inhabited by minority families, which drew accusations of racism from the NAACP.
Turley declined to comment for the moment. No word either on what his official title will be.