Announcing min’s 2011 Editorial and Design Awards Hall of Fame

10/26/2011

We are proud to introduce the third class of inductees into min’s Editorial and Design Hall of Fame. Editors-in-chief Dana Cowin and David Granger have established incredible legacies in their 16 and 14 years at Food & Wine and Esquire, respectively. Ditto Susan Hassler at IEEE Spectrum and Arnie Weissmann at Travel Weekly, while creative directors Dirk Barnett’s and John Herr’s highly praised (and rewarded) design ingenuity are now benefiting Newsweek Daily Beast and Fitness. Check out the winners and honorable mentions to the Editorial and Design awards.

Dana Cowin,
Editor-in-Chief
Food & Wine

When Dana Cowin was promoted to Food & Wine editor-in-chief in January 1995, the Mademoiselle alumna became the latest in a merry-go-round of executives to hold the job at the then-752,000-circulation American Express Publishing Co. monthly that was struggling to hold its market share against such upscale rivals as Bon Appétit and Gourmet.

The merry-go-round is no more. The Dana Cowin-led F&W of 2011 has a robust 925,000 rate base (+28% versus 1995) and an audience of nearly 8 million who share a passionate, adventurous approach to cooking, wine, entertaining, restaurants, and travel. The brand’s digital products include the Website foodandwine.com, iPad and other tablet editions, and mobile applications. F&W has 220,000 followers on Twitter and nearly 165,000 fans on Facebook. Plus, there is a books division.

She also helped turn the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colo., into a one-of-a-kind event with cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, a Best New Chefs dinner and a grand tasting tent that brings together numerous exhibitors and attendees. Dana’s expertise now touches nearly 18 F&W-related epicurean events throughout the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean.

Cowin is ubiquitous on television, with many appearances on Today, CNN, The Early Show, Top Chef, etc., and even twice outdoors in the financial district on The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo.

Hand-in-hand with Cowin’s F&W tenure has been her being a board member of City Harvest, which has fed healthy meals to thousands of New York City children. Her legacy is Skip Lunch Fight Hunger, which she has organized each May since 2002 and—with the support of colleagues and competitors—has raised more than $3 million.

Cowin’s biggest triumph was over breast cancer, which she made public in the October 2008 O magazine while barely missing any work. “Dana,” says a colleague, is “inspired and inspiring.”

David Granger
Editor-in-Chief
Esquire

Had fate been different, David Granger would be in min’s Editorial and Design Hall of Fame for his career as…GQ editor-in-chief. From 1991 to 1997, Granger was GQ executive editor and top lieutenant to the late and legendary Art Cooper, and he was clearly Cooper’s heir-apparent.

Instead, Granger has become a legend at Esquire, where since his hire as editor-in-chief in June 1997 the magazine has won 15 National Magazine Awards and has been a finalist for 39 more. His editorial genius with covers that keep readers amused (and guessing) is a throwback to Esquire’s classic 1950s/1960s era of the late Arnold Gingrich and Harold Hayes. In fact, with the exception of long-time owner Gingrich, Granger is Esquire’s longest-serving editor.

That said, Granger has embraced the 21st century by demonstrating that magazines can be as versatile as any medium. In November 2008, he celebrated Esquire’s 75th anniversary with an issue that merged digital technology with a mass-produced print product for the first time by embedding an electronic paper display in the cover.

Then, in 2009, Esquire created a stir by putting a “trap door” in its cover (it opened to reveal a miniature table of contents) and then, three months later, creating the first ever “mix ‘n’ match cover of a magazine. In December of that year, Esquire published the first-ever Augmented Reality issue of a magazine.

Plus, Granger has enhanced Esquire’s “Man at His Best” credo with Esquire’s Big Black Book, the twice-yearly style manual for successful men, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary. Esquire also won the first National Magazine Award for mobile editions for its work on the iPad.

All in advance of Granger’s 15th anniversary in 2012 and Esquire’s 80th in 2013. They are two milestones we all look forward to.

Dirk Barnett
Creative Director
Newsweek Daily Beast Company

Dirk Barnett is the creative director of the Newsweek Daily Beast Company and was among editor-in-chief Tina Brown’s first hires after the November 2010 merger. In overseeing the design, photography and production of Newsweek, Barnett engineered the magazine’s March 2011 redesign and has managed its integration with The Daily Beast Web site. He is currently leading the development of the Newsweek iPad app.

Newsweek/The Daily Beast is Barnett’s latest stop in a career that includes creative director/design director at Blender, Maxim, Key, The New York Times Real Estate Magazine, Play, The New York Times Sports Magazine, Premiere, and Popular Science (which won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2004). He is also a founding partner of the design conference venture ABSTRACT.

Barnett has received numerous awards from such organizations as the Society of Publication Designers, where he has received over 20 Gold and Silver design and photography medals, including two consecutive Silver Medals for his redesigns of Blender and Maxim.

His work has also been recognized by Communication Arts, The Art Directors Club, the Type Directors Club, British Design and Art Direction, the AIGA, PRINT, American Illustration/Photography, and the American Society of Magazine Editors.

The University of Oregon graduate and teacher at the School of Visual Arts has a fun side in recalling the time when “Tila Tequila [asked] me on the set, ‘Can I stay topless?’”

John Herr
Creative Director
Meredith

John Herr is Fitness magazine’s creative director. He recently came to Meredith from Penton Media, where he served as group creative director, overseeing the design direction of more than 15 business titles. Herr began his career in advertising in New York City, but eventually switched to periodical design after landing an art director position at Adweek, that industry’s trade title. The participation in a redesign of that magazine—helmed by Walter Bernard and Milton Glaser—ignited his love for the process, and his experience since has included time with Rodale Press, Consumer Reports, and Children’s Television Workshop. Herr has received awards from The Society of Publication Designers, the Association of Business Editors and Publishers, and has won gold “Ozzie” awards for magazine redesign, twice.

Susan Hassler
Editor-in-Chief
IEEE Spectrum

Susan Hassler began her career at consumer magazines before focusing on science and technology. Specializing in startups and repositioning efforts, she was an editor at The Sciences magazine, published by the New York Academy of Sciences, and founding editor of the symposium and monograph program at The Neurosciences Institute of Rockefeller University. She was also the founding editor of Nature Biotechnology, a journal published by Macmillan Publishers, and one of the original members of its digital strategy group

In her current position at the IEEE, she has been responsible for repositioning the magazine and developing its digital platform strategy. During her editorship, IEEE Spectrum has won numerous awards for both its print and online efforts, including two Grand Neal Awards and a number of ASME magazine award nominations.

A member of the IEEE, Susan has been an adjunct professor in the science and environmental writing program at New York University’s School of Journalism and an adjunct professor in the department of molecular biology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. She serves on several magazine award-judging panels and publishing association committees, and lives in Sharon, Conn., with her family and many pets.

Arnie Weissmann
Vice President/Editorial Director & Editor-in-Chief
Travel Weekly

Arnie has been involved in virtually every aspect of travel journalism, publishing and media for the past 25 years. His writing has won more than 40 national awards. He created the industry’s first destination information service (Weissmann Reports), authored a best-selling textbook and has served as publisher of critical hotel and destination guides for the travel industry. Arnie was also a Web pioneer, creating the first core destination content for America Online and licensing Web content to Apple, Time, Inc, CNN and Marriott International, among others.

Weissmann Reports was sold to Reed Elsevier in 1996, after which Arnie was given responsibility for Star Service (critical hotel and cruise reviews), Official Hotel Guide Worldwide and a dozen OAG-branded publications in the UK. In 1999, he took on the role of senior advisor for business development with RTG’s successor company, Northstar Travel Media. In October 2001, he was appointed editor in chief of Travel Weekly.

Arnie’s comments have appeared on NBC, CNN, BBC and NPR, and he is often quoted in newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He sits on many advisory boards, including, the UN Foundation’s Steering Committee for the Partnership for Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, ForbesTraveler.com, Futurebrand and Marquis’ Who’s Who, and has been a guest lecturer at Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children.