Darhil Crooks | Keynote


Darhil Crooks is Creative Director of The Atlantic. In this role, Crooks oversees the art direction of The Atlantic across its platforms: in print, online, and on mobile and tablet devices. 

Before joining The Atlantic, Crooks worked as Creative Director of Ebony magazine, where he oversaw the first cover-to-cover redesign in the title’s then 66-year history. Working closely with editors, photographers, and illustrators, he helped redefine the magazine’s visual identity. 

Prior to that, Crooks served as the Art Director of Esquire magazine, developing design concepts and layouts; conceptualizing, commissioning, and directing photo shoots; and editing photography. He also helped develop and design Esquire’s iPad app, which was named a finalist for best mobile edition by the American Society of Magazine Editors in 2011. Before joining Esquire, Crooks was the Associate Art Director at Complex and Men’s Journal. He began his design career at The Source

Crooks studied Graphic Design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.