Jesse Ashlock Named Editor-in-Chief of I.D.

I.D. magazine—not to be confused with the i-D magazine across the pond—has a new editor-in-chief. Publisher F+W Media announced today that Jesse Ashlock will take over the top editorial spot at the international design magazine on May 26. Ashlock, an I.D. contributing editor, has for the past three years moderated the interactive category for I.D.‘s annual design review. His previous experience includes editorial posts at RES magazine, the Tribeca Film Festival, and V Man.

Ashlock pledges to “honor the tradition of my editorial predecessors while moving the business forward into digital media and events,” but among his first duties will be to rebuild the magazine’s decimated editorial staff. Last month saw the departures of editors Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer, who have since co-founded a journalistic and curatorial venture called Sight Unseen, and you may recall that back in February, we tweeted tidings that I.D. editor-in-chief Julie Lasky had decamped to Design Observer. With Ernest Beck, Lasky will helm the new Change Observer, which will cover developments in the area of design and social change. When will it launch? “We’re aiming for July or August,” Lasky tells us.