SEATTLE, WA —Tiffany Jow, the former Design Editor at Surface magazine, has been named Editorial Director of GRAY Media. Taking the helm on February 4, 2019, she succeeds Dwell veteran Jaime Gillin, who held the position from 2013–2018.
Her appointment coincides with the eight-year-old Pacific Northwest–focused media company’s plan to expand into a global, multimedia design brand in 2020. From GRAY’s headquarters, located at the renovated Bottling Plant in Seattle’s historic Original Rainier Brewery complex, Jow will lead editorial across platforms, including the award-winning and recently redesigned GRAY magazine, as well as its digital and event assets. She will work closely with GRAY’s founder and CEO, Shawn Williams, to expand the brand’s reach and develop new channels in audio, video, and experiential content.
Jow left her role at Surface—a New York-based international print and web publication that covers design, art, architecture, culture, and travel—earlier this year. She joined the publication in 2007 as an Editorial Assistant, and served as a contributing editor before becoming its Design Editor in 2017. During her tenure, she worked to make Surface’s design coverage more accessible, inclusive, and human-focused while growing its audience. Accomplishments included overhauling the magazine’s design section, introducing a daily newsletter and digital franchises, and developing the award-winning installation, The Diner, at 2018’s Salone del Mobile design and furniture fair in Milan.
She was previously the Marketing Director for Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners, where she contributed to its winning proposal for Chicago’s Obama Presidential Center, and also served in the development office at the Museum of Arts and Design, where she managed corporate partnerships.
A Seattle-area native, Jow holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in art history from Richmond, the American International University in London. While living in England, she spent a year in the research department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where she contributed to the 2011 exhibition “Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970–1990,” curated by Glenn Adamson and Jane Pavitt.
Jow has conducted interviews with blue-chip artists and designers including Wendell Castle, Jonathan Anderson, Amy Sherald, Milton Glaser, Marcel Wanders, Tom Sachs, and Kenya Hara. Her work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Art Review, Artsy, Cultured, Dwell, New York Magazine, and Wallpaper*, among others.
“Tiffany is the right person to sustain GRAY’s current successes and lead the future expansion of our editorial brand,” Williams says. “She brings editorial chops, relationships with some of the most outstanding designers and organizations of our time, and experience on a global stage to the table. As we look to the future, and the role GRAY can play in a rapidly evolving market, I’m thrilled to have a co-visionary by my side.”
“It is an honor and a privilege to be part of GRAY—a highly respected, influential brand that provides a much-needed and refreshing voice to the design media landscape,” Jow says. “I look forward to working with Shawn and the supremely talented editorial staff to raise GRAY’s profile in the international design market, and create engaging content that highlights emerging and established talent based in North America and beyond.”
GRAY Media LLC is a privately-held media company based in Seattle, WA. Its award-winning coverage focuses on industrial design, architecture, interiors, art, and fashion. Founded in 2011 to highlight design in the Pacific Northwest, it is comprised of diverse media and entertainment properties including a print and digital magazine, talks, competitions, and events that have a total brand reach of 24.4 million.