Fifteen Years of Next City

Commemorating 15 years of impactful urban journalism

In 2003, three pioneering Yale grads—Adam Gordon, Seth A. Brown, and Anika Singh Lemar—looked around for media coverage of cities and found it sorely lacking. They decided to do something, and with help from a network of volunteers, they founded a magazine originally called The Next American City.

In 2007 I was hired as the Creative Director for the organization. You can read more about my experience and the changes and challenges that the Next City team went through here.

Taking all of that experience into account, I was very pleased to see the Next City reach maturity at fifteen years. If you read the link, you’ll see it wasn’t a linear path. We’d even change the name of the magazine from The Next American City to Next City to better reflect the global perspective that the magazine held.

For this special issue of Next City, the first print issue we would do in close to five years, we decided to look to the future. We developed a series of fifteen future oriented solutions for cities that would motivate and inform those doing the work of social, economic and environmental change in urban centers around the world. The layout and design of the issue reflect the hopeful and forward thinking nature of each article, and set the tone for the next 15 years of Next City.

Project

Services

Industries

1 Faster Than_

Global Advertising Campaign

Adidas Running

2 Carbon Social Club

Identity Design

Podcast

3 PSFK

Digital Design & Strategy

Trend Forecasting

4 256

Digital Design & Strategy

Gaming

5 Good For One Fare

Installation and Book

Self-Initiated

6 Strategic HR

Book Design

Strategy & Business

7 Adidas Ultraboost 19

Global Advertising Campaign

Running Sports

8 City as Character

Book Design

Self-Initiated

9 Asian Arts Initiative

Book Design

Arts & Culture

10 Kill Screen

Digital Design & Strategy

Gaming

11 The World by Train

Book Design

Self Initiated

12 Next City Anniversary

Editorial Design

Urbanism

13 An Inaccurate, Incomplete and Absolutely True History of the City of Philadelphia

Installation and Publication

Self-Initiated

14 Philagrafika

Book Design

Publishing

15 Michael Snow / Photo-Centric

Book Design

Arts & Culture

16 LoDown x Radical Cutup

Editorial Design

Fashion, Arts & Culture

17 The Pool

Graphic Identity

Fashion

18 The World Stage

Strategic Design, Publishing

Non-Profit

19 Next City

Strategic Design

Urbanism

20 Akustikplatten

Identity Design

Music

21 Heartworm Press

Book Design

Publishing

22 Letting Go

Book Design

Arts & Culture

23 Steve Powers

Strategic Design, Publishing

Art

24 The Stumbling Present

Book Design

Arts & Culture

25 Swindle

Art Direction, Design

Arts & Culture, Fashion

26 Common Touch

Art Direction, Book Design

Arts & Culture

27 City Limits

Art Direction, Design

Urbanism, Publishing

28 Minimal Risk

Graphic Identity

Fashion

29 Riverview

Web Design, Graphic Identity

Real Estate

30 Fels Policy Research Initiative

Web Design, Graphic Identity

Education

31 Red Collective

Graphic Identity

Real Estate

32 Room 21

Web Design, Graphic Identity

Arts & Culture

33 ICPH

Web Design

Non-Profit