James Ferguson has been the foremost caricaturist of the Financial Times for a quarter of a century. He spent some of his young adulthood driving a lorry, then taught himself to draw, and was taken up by Lucia van der Post, then editor of the FT’s How to Spend It, after she was shown his cartoons by the people who ran Hackett clothes shops. That’s a career path. But how about this: James’s wife, Anne Ferguson, was a croupier on a Soviet-owned cruise ship when she tried to help a Russian woman defect while the ship was moored in Sydney harbour. The KGB people came to her boss and she was let go. Who else in the Financial Times newsroom, or among the nearly one million FT subscribers for that matter, has a spouse once fired from a casino by the KGB?
Vahram Muratyan is the art director of the Live Magazine des Rencontres. Artist and graphic designer, he is the author of the visual books Paris versus New York, a witty face-off between the two cities, as well as About Time, an exploration of our fast & curious lives. Be it in the press (M le magazine du Monde, Elle) or with brands (Prada, Air France), his trademark designs are created with great care.