David Michon is the former editor of Icon magazine, and former managing editor of Monocle magazine and Winkreative creative agency. He set out as an independent strategist and consultant in January of 2016, focusing on creative projects across a range of categories, largely focusing on property, architecture and design.
As editor of Icon, he oversaw the relaunch of the magazine from a trade title to a more grounded, relatable and pacier consumer title. For Monocle, he managed the launch of the brand’s radio station, Monocle 24, and produced, reported for and sometimes presented its weekly radio show on cities, The Urbanist – a show that has built a following of nearly 800,000 subscribers. David also regularly contributed to Monocle magazine (print and web), and the brand’s series of books and travel guides – and continues to do so.
Between those editorial roles, he was managing editor at Winkreative, focusing his work on both editorial strategy and place-making projects. There, he worked with clients such as Switzerland’s Neue Zürcher Zeitung newspaper (revising their weekend luxury supplement), Toronto’s Union Pearson Express train (developing their on-board magazine), and Genetec (a security company that has launched a thought-leadership platform about good urbanism).
His most recent projects include: a book of essays and interviews on the ‘built environment’ (featuring MoMA’s Paola Antonelli, Brian Eno, and Lord Heseltine, among others); consultation on Peabody’s largest and most ambitious urban regeneration project to date; and, a forthcoming podcast series looking a ten leading design agencies in the UK and the USA.
His latest editorial contributions are for Vogue Italia (interview with fashion photographers Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott), and The Gourmand (interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Jerry Saltz).
In 2017 and 2019, David served as a judge for Canada’s annual National Magazine Awards, alongside editors, lead contributors and art directors from The New Yorker, Bloomberg Businessweek, Wallpaper* and New York magazines, among others.
Originally from Winnipeg, Canada, he moved to London (via Istanbul and Toronto) to study at the London School of Economics.
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