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’.

London-based writer John L. Walters is the editor and co-owner (with Simon Esterson) of Eye magazine. He studied maths with physics at King’s College, London and was a musician and record producer before moving into journalism, launching creative music journal Unknown Public with Laurence Aston in the 1990s. He has written extensively about music for The Guardian and elsewhere. Walters has lectured at educational institutions including the RCA and Falmouth and he is a Visiting Fellow of the University of the Arts London. He chaired the jury for the inaugural European Design Awards and the 24th International Biennial of Graphic Design, Brno and was a juror / exhibitor for the Fifth Visual Communications Biennial in Ljubljana. He has co-curated and programmed many forums, symposiums and conferences, including ‘Critical Tensions’ (2011); Eye’s regular ‘Type Tuesday’ events; and Eye ‘archive nights’ in London, New York and Amsterdam. Walters tweets as @eyemagazine and @JohnLW and Instagrams as @eyemagazine_.