While we’re lounging poolside with the summer issues of our favorite magazines, the designers who put our print companions together are already hard at work wrapping up their hefty September issues. Fortunately, we managed to snag some time with the creative directors of Wired, Eye, Vogue, and The New Yorker to get a better sense of what it’s like to work on their in-house teams:

Wired’s creative director Billy Sorrentino leads Condé Nast’s West Coast wild child
It’s not all sunshine and surf vibes in California. To put out a pub that values design as much as editorial, Sorrentino’s team adheres to a strict regimen: no sleep, no rules, and no slowing down.

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Creative director Simon Esterson makes storied design mag Eye in his spare time—how on earth does he do it?
With a tight budget and small staff, Esterson keeps the grandaddy of design mags fresh and relevant—and still manages to pull off projects like creating a different typeface system for every issue.

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Staying in Vogue: designing the graceful evolution of America’s most famous fashion magazine
Vogue is ferociously committed to fashion and is, for many, the final word on all things style. But what about the style of the magazine itself? We visit art director Martin Hoops in his office to see his team in action.

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1 picture, 10,000 words: How The New Yorker is designed to lure you into longform reads
Design director Chris Mueller and his team work around the clock to deliver the savvy, sophisticated read you’ve come to expect. See what a week in his busy life looks like—plus how aspiring illustrators can get on his radar.

About AIGA’s In-house INitiative
Most people are surprised to learn that more than half of all U.S. designers work in-house, and yet so many of their amazing stories go untold. That’s why AIGA’s In-house INitiative is devoted to discovering what it’s like to work as an in-house designer at some of the country’s leading companies. Sign up for our quarterly INform newsletter to get your behind-the-scenes look.