Industry news: Matthew Rolston on ANTM, the SPD’s “iPad evening,” Men’s Journal adds an issue, the value of being nice, and more

The cast of "America's Next Top Model." Photo courtesy The CW.

Matthew Rolston will be appearing as a guest judge on the new season of America’s Next Top Model, which premieres tomorrow. Italian Vogue has partnered with the CW reality program this year, with the winner receiving a coveted multi-page spread in the magazine. Diane Von Furstenberg, Zac Posen, and Patricia Field are also among the guest judges. (

Kevin Grady moves from Crispin Porter + Bogusky, where he was director of design, to Superfine in the role of creative director. (AgencySpy).

The Society of Publication Designers is hosting “an iPad evening” on September 22 in New York, where magazine art directors will talk about their publications’ apps and how they will evolve. (More here…)

Vincent Laforet has signed with the Joneses for exclusive representation as a commercial director. (Shoot Online) He will continue working as a commercial photographer and being represented by Stockland Martel, as he has noted at his blog: “I’ve caught people saying that I’m no longer a still photographer now – and that I have ‘moved on’ into the world of filmmaking.   While I have definitely spent a greater percentage of my time in the motion world over the past 2 years  – I definitely haven’t ‘left’ photography. In fact these past two years have made me miss shooting stills in a way that I haven’t felt in a long time….”

Photo by Jeff Lipsky.

Men’s Journal is reinstating one of the two issues it cut this year to reduce costs. Cosmopolitan has announced it will raise its rate base 3.4 percent to 3 million. And People StyleWatch is increasing its rate base 6.9 percent to 775,000 and adding an 11th issue. (Mediaweek)

A new study predicts the U.S. ad market will rebound with nearly 3 percent growth this year to $210 billion, after two years of declines. (Adweek)

Glamour and Real Simple are experimenting with fashion in order to court ad dollars… (New York Observer)

Professional Photographer magazine asked Birdie Picot, print producer and art buyer for British ad agency Mother, what the most common mistakes are that photographers make when approaching you to show their work. Her response:

“Getting angry if they can’t get an appointment. I always remember the angry ones. Do you have any tips for photographers who want to work for you? Be a nice person, have great work and be patient!” (More here…) Meanwhile, in the September issue of PDN, Holly Hughes pens an editor’s letter devoted to the subject of “being nice,” noting, “If you want to stand out from the competition, being known for courtesy and consideration is not a bad reputation to have.”



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