All in Collaborators
Bill lived many lives over six decades. It was no accident that his restless imagination often placed himself at the center of an era’s concerns.
Emily Crawford was the managing editor at a magazine called Design Times, an early client of ours. She couldn't have been in a less likely situation. It was not the place for her. The magazine was about the genteel world of fine furniture and interiors. Emily swore like a truck driver. I liked her instantly. So I hired her. Her — and her zero experience in design.
Perhaps I was smart enough to know I needed a personal ass-kicker—and she certainly was that. But there was more to Emily. A lot more. She could design like a motherf**ker. I took her with me when I went to Fast Company, where we built quite an enterprise. And just look where she's gone since then: The New York Times Magazine, Travel + Leisure, Culture & Travel, Newsweek, Time—hell, she's even launched her own fashion line.
I recently got the news that Em had relocated back to her hometown of Oberlin, Ohio, where she's the design director at Oberlin College. I also recently found this old interview with Emily from Mediabistro ...
One of the highlights of my brief time at the Detroit Free Press was getting to know Steve Nickerson, who was a staff photographer there.