Roger Black

Roger Black is known for staying slightly ahead of societal and technological changes. A publication designer at Rolling Stone in the 1970s and The New York Times in the 1980s, he was an early adapter of “desktop publishing,” with Smart.

In the mid-1990s, Black led the design of important content-rich websites such as and @Home. Some of his early thinking about the Internet was reflected in a book, “Web Sites that Work” (Macmillan. 1996). More recently he directed the dual web-and-print redesigns for The Washington Post and Scientific American. He is a partner in Ready-Media, a template service for magazines, newspapers, websites, and iPad apps, launched this summer.

Now Black’s at work on a new generation of publications, including Nomad Editions. This group of digital weeklies runs on Treesaver, a new HTML5 design platform he helped develop. Continuing as a partner in the Font Bureau and Danilo Black (both started in 1989), he works from a small studio in New York.