Richard Baker has served as art director of Premiere magazine, Vibe, US monthly and design consultant for Essence magazine and has redesigned all the previously mentioned magazines. He was also the art director of the Washington Post Sunday Magazine.
He has won numerous awards: several gold and silver medals from graphic design and publication societies and was named in Folio magazine as one of the most influential designers in 1999. His work has appeared in The Art Directors Club of New York and boston, The Society of Publication Designers Annual, Print magazine.
He has lectured at The School of Visual Arts in New York and The Design indaba Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. He has also judged several design competitions, including The Society of Publication Designers, The Type Directors Club, i.D. magazine and The Society of Newspaper Designers.
Richard Baker was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He completed studies in printmaking at the National Academy of Arts in New York, and at the school of visual arts he took classes in painting, filmmaking and editorial design. His first job was as a designer for the Boston Globe newspaper, working on the travel and living sections. He then moved to work on the Washington Post Sunday magazine – first as a junior designer but later he became its art director. Some years later he moved back to New York to art direct a new magazine called VIBE, a magazine primarily geared towards a young black audience. After leaving VIBE, Richard worked as a freelancer for the New York Times Sunday magazine and later went on to be art director for US magazine, a monthly publication about the entertainment industry.