Businessweek’s creative director leaves

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Richard Turley, the creative director of Bloomberg Businessweek, is leaving the publication for MTV. “[I]t’s time for me to learn something new and work with different content for a different audience,” he writes on his Tumblr.

Turley says Businessweek Editor Josh Tyrangiel is “Hands down the best boss and editor I have ever worked for, but also and more importantly – my partner in crime, and someone who deserves far more credit for the design of the magazine than he ever allows himself to receive.” Asked by email about a replacement, Bloomberg Businessweek spokesperson Rachel Nagler said, “Richard is amazing. We wish him nothing but the best, and we hope to make an announcement in the near future.”

Turley came to Businessweek from The Guardian. Under him, the magazine reinvented itself as a visual powerhouse, running bold and often cheeky covers like this one from last summer about hedge-fund managers:

In an interview with Katie Myrick last year, Turley noted the magazine produces 50 covers every year: “Out of those fifty, one or two might be considered provocative, and naturally those are the ones that get zero’d in on.” He continued:

I hope though, that almost all our covers are considered at least ‘good’. Because that is the primary aim, despite what you may read or think about me.

Earlier this year, Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin B. Smith said the company planned to follow Businessweek’s design innovations and apply “a similar design standard to all of our media platforms.”

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