Born in Manchester, Lee Swillingham finished his studies in Graphic Design at St. Martin’s School of Art in London in 1991. He then worked as a designer for “Arena” Magazine and in 1992 at the age of 23 he was made art director of “The Face” magazine.
He remained the youngest magazine art director in Britain for about four years, a fact which featured in a number of magazine and newspaper articles. The magazine prospered and the circulation and advertising revenue nearly doubled in the time he was there. During his years at “The Face” he won a number of awards and was invited to speak and judge at various events including those organised by the Society of Publication Designers in New York, British Design and Art Direction in London, the Institution of Contemporary Arts in London. Around that time he was asked to guest edit and art direct “Big”, a New York based magazine. The two issues he worked on became some of their biggest sellers.
In 2000 he went on to co-launch another successful magazine, “Pop”, of which he is creative director today. His work has been featured in several books and periodicals nationally and internationally, including Taschen’s “Graphic Design for the 21st Century” and Lawrence Kings survey on magazine design and art direction “MagCulture”. He founded his own advertising agency called “Suburbia”. In 2005 he was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
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