• New York, NY
  • SVP, Visual Storytelling/Deputy Editorial Director
  • MTV

Richard Turley

Richard Turley serves as MTV’s first-ever Senior Vice President of Visual Storytelling and Deputy Editorial Director. In this role, he oversees visual storytelling for on-air interstitial and cross platform content as part of MTV’s ongoing “always on” strategy to create a two-way conversation with its audience that is true to the brand and authentic to this generation, including the brand’s massive social footprint of 210 million fans. Turley’s main focus is to inject vibrant and captivating visuals that illuminate real-time news, events and trending topics into the network’s on-air and digital platforms all day, every day.

In 2010, Turley was named Creative Director of Bloomberg Businessweek where he oversaw the award-winning redesign of the magazine alongside its editor. That comprehensive revamp and the subsequent creative direction of the publication was heralded for pushing the boundaries of traditional newsweekly and business magazine design, and applauded for its bold, innovative approach and sometimes provocative covers. In 2011, the magazine and advertising icon George Lois, who created the original “I want my MTV” campaign, described Businessweek covers as “The best consistent set of covers in 40 years.”

Prior to coming to New York, Turley worked at the Guardian newspaper in London. During his tenure, he served as art director of G2, the daily features magazine. Previously, he worked as a senior designer alongside then creative director Mark Porter on the newspaper’s much-lauded redesign.

Turley was listed as the “Hottest Creative Player” in the 2011 Adweek “Hotlist,” and at the end of 2013 was named one of’s “Verge 50” which honors the people who “changed our lives this year.” Other personalities recognized on the list include Jeff Bezos, Lena Dunham, Pussy Riot, Sheryl Sandberg, Kanye West and Tavi Gevinson.

Over his career, his designs have been recognized with multiple awards from groups including D&AD (Global Creative Advertising Design Association), Art Directors Club, Type Directors Club, Society of Publication Designers, Society of Design News and more. Additionally, under his leadership, the Businessweek art department was recognized as “Creative Review Studio of the Year” in 2012.

A member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), Turley’s work has been shown in exhibitions including the “2012 Designs of the Year show” at the Design Museum, London and “Graphic Design Now” at the Walker Gallery, Minneapolis.

Turley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the Liverpool School of Art.