The Atlantic Names Darhil Crooks Creative Director

Ebony creative director Darhil Crooks has been poached by The Atlantic, the company announced today. There he will oversee art direction in print, online, on mobile and tablet devices and will keep an eye on The Atlantic Wire and Atlantic Cities.

At Ebony, Mr. Crooks oversaw the 2011 redesign under new Johnson Publishing CEO Desiree Rogers and Ebony editor Amy DuBois Barnett. Before that, he was the art director of Esquire, helping design the magazine’s iPad app. The design firm Pentagram had been handling The Atlantic‘s art direction while the magazine conducted its search.

“Darhil’s imagination and passion for ideas-driven work make him the perfect creative force for The Atlantic,” editor in chief James Bennet said in a press release. “It’s asking a lot to hope for vision, exacting standards, a delight in taking risks, and a collaborative spirit all in one person, and we feel very lucky to have found that.” <em>The Atlantic</em> Names Darhil Crooks Creative Director