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The Most Expensive Regional Redesign Ever?

New 02138 owners hire George Lois, Luke Hayman for fall relaunch.

Dylan Stableford By Dylan Stableford
07/23/2008 -16:08 PM

As we reported earlier this week, Manhattan Media, the community newspaper and magazine publisher that acquired irreverent Harvard alumni publication 02138 this summer, has hired legendary Esquire cover designer George Lois and noted Pentagram designer Luke Hayman to redesign the three-year-old magazine for a relaunch later this year.

The company also named former Maxim group publisher and Giant magazine founder Jamie Hooper as publisher and CEO, and David Blum as its editor-in-chief.

It's not unreasonable to say that this could be the most expensive relaunch for a city and regional magazine ever. But just how much are they actually spending? I tried to put that question to Tom Allon, Manhattan Media's CEO, but I gave up on the phone tag. I e-mailed Hayman—a speaker at the upcoming FOLIO: Show in Chicago (more info below)—but haven't heard back. I also asked a number of the industry's designers, most of whom declined to guesstimate.

One though, famed designer Roger Black, did:

I bet the number is 120K, 60 each. A workhorse studio like Don Morris's (cf: Bloomberg Markets) might do the whole thing for 40. I would ask for more, but I didn't get into Harvard. For any of us, back in 2000 it would have been double.

There you go.

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