Memphis

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30 days in the life


About this project

Confession... this is a job I coveted for many years. I'm grateful for the chance to be a city magazine art director, especially Memphis magazine which has a 36-year history of producing award-winning work. I enjoy designing an editorial product and working with great writers, photographers and illustrators. It's an honor to follow in the footsteps of such great art directors as Fred Woodward and Murray Keith. Here's a few samples of recent work.

Project data

  • Memphis cover August 2013
  • Memphis cover September 2013
  • Memphis CY Feature September 2013
  • Memphis CY Feature September 2013
  • Memphis CY Feature September 2013
  • Memphis CY Feature September 2013
  • Memphis CY Feature September 2013
  • Memphis CY Feature September 2013
  • Memphis cover August 2013
  • Memphis cover February 2013

TOP 3 BEST MAGAZINE COVERS of 2012

The Society of Professional Journalists: 2012 Green Eyeshade Awards
First Place: Brian Groppe and Jack Kenner, "A Place Apart: Horseshoe Lake" (Memphis Magazine) Second Place: Brian Groppe and Tyler Hildebrand, "A Killing in Cordova" (Memphis Magazine) Third Place: Brian Groppe and Justin Fox Burks: "Green Acres: The Stars Line Up for Chefs Andrew Adams and Wally Joe" (Memphis Magazine) http://www.greeneyeshade.org/

General Excellence Award

City and Regional Magazine Association, May 2011

Additional Honors & Awards

2013- FedEx at Fourty cover design concept was adopted for use by their internal corporate communications department, and also by their Madison Avenue advertising agency, BBDO.
2011—Green Eyeshade Award / Best Magazine Cover Design for Memphis Magazine: Second place for August 2010 “City Guide”; Third place for November 2010 “The Man Who Built Modern Memphis”

Integrated print and new media creative


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Art Direction by Brian Groppe Design