Behind the Scenes with Design & Art Directors
June 7, 2012 from 10:00–11:30 AM

Waiting For You by Charlene Liska

Waiting For You by Charlene Liska

Join Vanity Fair Magazine Design Director, Chris Dixon, and enRoute Magazine Art Director, Nathalie Cusson, as they discuss the role of Design Departments and Art Directors, offering insight to artists interested in commercial and editorial photography.

Followed by a Q&A.


Nathalie Cusson

A native of Québec City, Nathalie Cusson moved to Toronto (Ontario, Canada) shortly after graduating from Laval University with a degree in Graphic Communications. Now in Montreal for about 2 years, she is the Art Director of enRoute magazine (Air Canada’s inflight magazine). With over 20 years of experience in the graphic design field, she is a self-proclaimed “hybrid”: she brings expertise in graphic design, advertising and editorial design, having worked at firms like Cossette, TAXI, BBDO to then move on to the publishing world, working for Spree magazine (an HBC custom publication), Glow magazine (a then Roger’s publication), Food & Drink (LCBO magazine) and enRoute magazine.

Her achievements have been featured in publications such as Communication Arts, Graphis and Applied Arts, and celebrated at events like the annual ADCC (Advertising & Design Club of Canada) award show and the National Magazine Awards, to name a few.

Chris Dixon

Chris Dixon is currently the Design Director of Vanity Fair magazine. Prior to this, he was the Design Director at New York magazine, where he spent 7 years. During this period, the magazine was a finalist for Design at the National Magazine Awards for 5 consecutive years, winning twice. He has also worked at the New York Times Magazine, the Financial Times, and designed projects for Lan Airlines in Chile and Ogilvy & Mather in New York. From 1997-2001 he was Art Director of the award-winning Adbusters magazine, based in Vancouver. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.