Memo Pad: Commemorating a Catastrophe... NYT Poaches Ian Adelman...

March 25 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, New York's deadliest workplace disaster until 9/11.

FROM ONE NEW YORK TO ANOTHER: New York magazine’s Ian Adelman, one of the hottest hands in digital design, has been poached by The New York Times to oversee the look and feel of the newspaper’s Web site. Adelman succeeds Khoi Vinh as digital design director, an all-important position as The Times readies its pay wall. The position has sat empty since Vinh resigned in July to pursue freelance work, but John Niedermeyer, a Web designer, and Anh Dang, an information architect, have been filling in. Adelman said most of the design groundwork for The Times paywall had been laid before Vinh left.

In a memo to the New York staff on Friday morning, editor-in-chief Adam Moss and online editorial director Ben Williams recalled that when Adelman arrived at the magazine in 2006, it had only one Web designer and one Web site. “Clearly, things have changed since then,” Williams and Moss wrote. They added that Adelman has been “singularly brilliant” throughout his tenure at the magazine as design and user-experience director.

Adelman was a founding art director at Slate in the Nineties and also a consultant to Tina Brown in the nascent stages of The Daily Beast while he was at New York. He said his work for the magazine was the “best job I’ve ever had.”

“Just as New York was a place that attracted me because it was a fantastic product that I was drawn to and read cover to cover, The New York Times is my source of news,” Adelman said. “It’s always fantastic to contribute something that you feel part of or some attachment to.” His last day at the magazine will come in the third week of March. — ZEKE TURNER

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