The Twitter news was that managing editor Jill Singer and senior editor Monica Khemsurov had departed. A check of Singer’s LinkedIn profile seemed to confirm that she had left the magazine, published by F+W Media, last month and was currently working as a freelance design writer. Further digging led us to her Twitter feed, where we learned that she had founded a design consulting company with Khemsurov called Sight Unseen
When reached for comment, Singer confirmed that she and Khemsurov had left I.D. in mid-April. We also learned that editor-in-chief Julie Lasky had left in February to join design Web site Design Observer. The three made up the entire editorial staff of the magazine.
“The magazine has weathered several changes over the last six months, and we understand its owners (F+W Media) intend to change the direction of the magazine,” Singer told FBNY exclusively. “I.D. was our passion for three and a half years, but this change has allowed us to do something we have been wanting to do for a while, which is to found our own company, Sight Unseen.”
Singer explained that through Sight Unseen she and Khemsurov will be “writing, curating, consulting, scouting trends and emerging designers, doing design-related events and creating our own design and culture publication, both on the web and (hopefully) in print.”
Update: I.D. publisher Gary Lynch announced today that Jesse Ashlock will be joining the magazine on May 26 as editor-in-chief. Ashlock will be hiring to replace the departed editors and Lynch said he hopes that staff will be in place by mid-June.
After Lasky, Singer and Khemsurov departed earlier this year, “we had to move quickly to replace them,” Lynch said. “But we see it as an opportunity to bring on some fresh blood and a new way to look at the business.”
Lynch also told FBNY that he hopes Ashlock will work on expanding I.D.‘s online presence. The full release about Ashlock’s move after the jump.