Vici MacDonald is based in London where she works as an art director, editor and writer. In 2007 she was a founding editor of the UK / Australian contemporary art magazine Art World, which featured some of the world’s leading writers and artists. She is also author of a monograph on the late Australian sculptor Rosalie Gascoigne (Rosalie Gascoigne, Regaro, 1997), renowned for her poetic assemblages of found text. As a journalist, she has contributed to magazines in the art, design, music and technology sectors, ranging from The Face to Eye to MacUser.
As an art director she specialises in publication design, with clients including Penguin Group, Faber & Faber and Oxford University Press. In 2012 she created an award-winning redesign of art world journal of record The Art Newspaper, for whom she has also edited and designed guides to the Venice Biennale and South California’s Pacific Standard Time art festival, an era-defining (1945-1980) initiative of the Getty Foundation.
In collaboration with the poet Tamar Yoseloff she has published Formerly (Hercules Editions, 2012), for which Yoseloff wrote sonnets responding to her gritty photos of a disappearing London. The book formed the basis of an exhibition at London’s Southbank Centre in early 2013, and was subsequently shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award. More such photos feature on her daily photo-blog Shopfront Elegy (http://shopfrontelegy.wordpress.com/), a celebration of sad old commercial facades.