Why bittersweet? It’s bitter for the Bay Area bunch who work beside the curly-haired design genius every day in Silicon Valley, but it’s sweet news for fans of good visual journalism in the Windy City. As fans of good things in and for Chicago, we’ll raise an Old Style to that.
Berlin will join the Trib as its design director, meaning he will oversee, well, the design of the World’s Greatest Newspaper. We’re pretty sure here at The Blog that Joe Knowles (AME for design and graphics) could not have picked a better person to lead that effort. The new gig starts in late October.
Chicago, not incidentally, is the hometown of JB’s wife, the immensely talented Mari Berlin, a former journalist turned attorney. We’re thinking something like built-in childcare for young Eli Berlin from Mari’s mom, sisters and other assorted relatives may have played a key role in the relocation decision. It will take a months-long Tribune investigation to conclude that for sure, though.
Berlin, of course, also is the editor of Design magazine. We are happy to report that won’t end. We’re pretty darn sure that JB will continue to do his usually provocative editing of the Society’s quarterly journal wherever he’s hanging his workaday hat.
His friends at the Merc would be remiss if we did not exit on a slightly sloppy sweet note …
We’re going to miss you like mad, JB, from your wildly exuberant influence over our design and graphics (which garnered a Merc high of 55 awards this year at the annual Best of Newspaper Design) to your quasi-challenged personal couture to your three-beers-in craziness to every little thing that goes into making Jonathon Berlin a singular talent.
We leave with one plea to JB: Knock ’em out in Chicago!