Fortune hires design director from Wired

Tim Leong

Fortune creative director Brandon Kavulla sent out the following staff announcement on Tuesday:

I’m very pleased to announce that Tim Leong is joining us as FORTUNE’s new Design Director, where he will help oversee and direct the visual and creative representation of the FORTUNE brand across all platforms.

Tim comes to FORTUNE from Wired, where he was the Director of Digital Design. He is a multi-talented guy who worked on all aspects of the Wired brand with an emphasis his last two years on the digital extensions, including all tablet editions, coordinating motion and programming, e-books, e-features as well as working directly with the website. Tim was also a part of Wired‘s conferences, working with me on motion graphics/film and overall identity. Prior to Wired, Tim was the Design Director at Complex, where he led the visual team on both the print edition and the website. Additionally, Chronicle books just released Tim’s first book of info graphics today. Here is a write up and interview in the NY Post:

 I asked Tim to give me his bio and it’s equal parts impressive and funny:

 Tim Leong is an award-winning art director and designer and third-person biography writer. He was previously the Director of Digital Design at WIRED Magazine where he designed features and oversaw the design and interactives of the digital editions. He was the Design Director at Complex Magazine. During Tim’s run at Complex, Kanye West said: “I really think Complex is taking the cover game to another level; these are all history in the making” — And that has to count for something, right? Before that he spent three years at Men’s Health. In 2005 he founded the Eisner-award losing Comic Foundry Magazine, which folded a few years later. Tim is currently on the Board of the Society of Publication Designers. His first book, Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe is out today from Chronicle Books.

Tim is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and will be moving back to NYC with his fiancé Rachel. He starts at FORTUNE on August 5. Please join me and Andy in welcoming him.