Simon Esterson & John L. Walters (UK)
Simon Esterson is an editorial designer and owner of the editorial design consultancy company Esterson Associates. He co-founded the architecture and design magazine 'Blueprint' in the 1980s. From 1996-2000 he was art director of The Guardian and has also worked on the Italian architecture magazine Domus and projects like the redesign of the New Statesman. He is also design consultant to Tate Publishing in London. With John L. Walters he owns and publishes the international graphic design quarterly magazine 'Eye’.
With Simon Esterson, John L. Walters owns and publishes the international graphic design quarterly magazine 'Eye’. Walters studied maths with physics and began his career as a jazz composer and record producer (working on pop hits) before moving into journalism.
In the 90s he was a founder of the award-winning, not-for-profit audio journal Unknown Public, and freelanced for several newspapers (Sunday Times, Independent) and magazines (The Wire, Architec- tural Review) before joining Eye. He writes about music for the Guardian and occasionally broad- casts for the BBC. In April 2008 Walters led a management buy-out (with MD Hannah Tyson and art director Simon Esterson) of Eye, which is now published independently by their new company. Walters is the co-curator (with Catherine Dixon) of a one-day event about design and music at the St Bride Institute, London, next January, and he is a member of the jury for the 24th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2010.