Steven Charny, Art Director at Entertainment Weekly

Steven Charny is a Deputy Art Director at the magazine Entertainment Weekly. He came to Professor Baron’s magazine production class this October to speak to the students about his experiences, and teach us about the state of the field. We were very honored to have Mr. Charny visit us and illuminate the role of an Art Director.

As a student of Pace University’s MS in Publishing program, I have the lucky privilege of meeting extraordinary publishing professionals like Steven Charny, Deputy Art Director at Entertainment Weekly and former Senior Art Director of Rolling Stone.  Mr. Charny was nice enough to come talk to Professor Baron’s Magazine Production and Design class this October. He regaled the class with tales of his work, showing us examples of the projects he’s worked on. Mr. Charny gave us great advice on how to get involved (and employed!) in the artistic fields of publishing.

Mr. Charny has worked in magazines for over 20 years. He has been present for the various changes ushered through the digital revolution. When he was starting out, rather than emailing his resume and link to an online portfolio as we would do today, he had to bring his work to different art departments to be evaluated. It was not easy for him to find steady employment at first, but through perseverance (and part-time bartending) he made it happen. When he was starting out, there were no programs like InDesign and Photoshop for the average publisher. Instead, designers would paste photos, text, and other elements onto a page and have the finished page photographed and compiled together. This process takes a lot more time and energy than current digital methods.

Though design processes have become more streamlined and faster in today’s publishing world, Mr. Charny talked about how there is still a lot of pressure to get everything finished on time. Designers working on Entertainment Weekly have just two weeks to put together their finished product. Editors plan out the content well in advance, but the designers don’t get the final material to put into the layout until it is go-time. This leads to a lot of long nights working at tiny details making everything perfect, like the spacing of headline text.

Mr. Charny emphasized the importance of using layouts that help develop the narrative of the story. He said that the online Entertainment Weekly is a different animal than the print version and didn’t ever feel pressure to have a consistent style between the two, which surprised me. Though their tablet version is a direct copy of the print magazine, the web presence of the brand is directed by a different branch of the company. I would have guessed that it is important to check the two versions of a designed feature to make sure they don’t contrast completely- sometimes a red hot design will give a much different view of a story than an understated, cooler scheme.

Instead of waiting to see your favorite publication post an internship or job online, Mr. Charny advised us to just go ahead and send out your resume to different employers. He believes that competition for internships in the magazine field is not as competitive as we may think, and that there’s no harm in reaching out and trying. Great advice for all of us aspiring magazine designers who might not have the courage to give it a try!

 

By Jenna Vaccaro 

Psychology Today Internship

Internship Description:

 Psychology Today has an excellent opportunity for a few smart and talented advertising and/or graphic design interns at our office in NYC. We are a small staff, so you will be a key member of the team.

 Duties include working closely with the Associate Publisher, advertising staff and art department on sales and marketing projects, and assisting our production department with print and online advertising preparation, as well as developing marketing materials. Outstanding professionalism and organization are a requirement; should be able to juggle several tasks at once and work autonomously.

Graphic design skills and prior experience in Photoshop and InDesign are necessary. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in publishing, advertising, or graphic design. Positions run from now until the end of the year, three or more days a week (full-time preferred), and include a small daily stipend.

 

 Qualifications

–  Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)

–  Photoshop

–  Indesign

 

Availability: 2-3 days/week

Payment: Daily Stipend

Job/Internship type: Advertising/Design Internship (Daily Stipend)

Company/Publication Name: Psychology Today

Location: New York, NY

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and two business or marketing related writing samples to Professor Denning at jdenning@pace.edu.

Spring Internship Opportunity!

Open Road Integrated Media has an opening for the spring semester for an ad/promo intern. The intern must be able to receive school credit and work 15 to 20 hours per week in its design and marketing departments.

The ad/promo intern will assist the design department in a number of tasks related to ebook and POD marketing, including creation of banner and other Internet ads, print ads, back-of-book ads, posters, postcards, and miscellaneous in-house materials. Will aid in preparing files for press, purchasing and sizing stock art images, and departmental administrative tasks, such as file sizing, folder organization, and presentation prep work.

This is a fast-paced, high-profile startup—details and deadlines are of the essence. The right individual will have the unique opportunity to experience all aspects of the marketing design process in a next-generation publishing environment.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lay out ads under management of Art Director
  • Prepare final materials for go-live
  • Stock image and rights research
  • Create marketing materials such as Reader’s Guides and Author Bios as needed

Requirements

  • Expert in Adobe Creative Suite, particularly InDesign and Photoshop
  • Experience coding HTML a plus
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to juggle multiple and varied tasks
  • Demonstrated interest in design, marketing, layout creation, and next-generation publishing
  • Knowledge of ereader devices and formats for ebooks helpful

To apply for this internship position, please email your resume and cover letter to Andrea C. Uva, Art Director, at auva@openroadmedia.com. Please copy (CC) Professor Denning at  jkinneydenning@pace.edu.

Spring Internship Opportunity!

Open Road Integrated Media has an opening for the spring semester for one unpaid (school credit) intern to work 15 to 20 hours per week in its design/production department.

The design & production intern will assist the design department in a number of tasks related to ebook and POD design and production, including typesetting book interiors, inputting editorial corrections to books, assisting with branding projects, preparing files for press, purchasing and sizing stock art images, and departmental administrative tasks (scanning, folder organization, etc.).

This is a fast-paced, high-profile startup—details and deadlines are of the essence. The right individual will have the unique opportunity to experience all aspects of the book design process in a next-generation publishing environment.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Add cobranding to existing covers; create cobranding templates as needed
  • Stock image and rights research
  • Creation of new and backlist back ads
  • Input 1P and 2P corrections of proofread book interiors from editorial
  • Typesetting books
  • Create marketing materials, such as Reader’s Guides and Author Bios as needed
  • Assist with creation of epubs as needed by Production

Requirements

  • Expert in Adobe Creative Suite, particularly InDesign and Photoshop
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to juggle multiple and varied tasks
  • Demonstrated interest in design, layout creation, and next-generation publishing
  • Knowledge of ereader devices helpful

To apply for this internship position, please email your resume and cover letter to Andrea C. Uva, Art Director, at auva@openroadmedia.com. Please copy (CC) Professor Denning at  jkinneydenning@pace.edu.