The Improper Bostonian
My 25-year relationship with city magazine The Improper Bostonian came to a close when the family owners decided to fold the publication in 2019 as result of the diminishing advertising market that afflicted print everywhere. Through the years, the brand was a beloved part of Boston’s cultural fabric. I started in 1996 by pitching a redesign that launched a six-month commitment. I returned a few short years later to briefly fill an art director vacancy and remained as a consultant for the duration, handling redesigns, editorial consulting, and covers exclusively for the next 15 years. For a small publication, The Improper punched above its weight class, landing national celebs like Shaq, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Mindy Kaling, and others, in addition to major Boston sports stars, Mayor Menino, and legendary Patriots coach Bill Belichick. In addition to concepting and directing cover shoots, I shot several myself. While maintaining this biweekly schedule, I was working full-time at either Rodale, American Media, or Meredith, while also The New Republic and other projects.