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Meet Maggie Goldstone: The Reason You Like Us So Dang Much

Judging by our mail, you all agree that Maggie Goldstone, our Design Director, makes us look good. We asked her to explain from where her magic comes.

Craig Reiss May 10th, 2021

From the rush of correspondence we’ve received since we launched, it’s highly likely that the first time you opened our newsletter or went to our site, you had an instant reaction that you’d come upon something special. Trust me, that didn’t just happen by chance.

Meet Maggie Goldstone, our insufficiently-titled Design Director. She is really the visionaire to the concepts and content of The Builder’s Daily, making it strike with the force of the passion behind it, giving a visual charge to the densest data or the thickest issues. It is Maggie who makes you feel it.

Maggie and John McManus, our founder, spent a decade doing award-winning work together. I met Maggie here, on pre-dawn Zoom calls when John and I would babble or bicker and Maggie would do that thing that artists do, when it seems like they’re looking behind their eyes in a trance, picturing a thought that’s still afloat. An hour later, she’d send a “how’s this” file and, BAM, there it was, every time, more than I could ever imagine. So, we know the feeling, and we’re not surprised you do, too.

As an artist, Maggie truly is a painter with a Masters in Fine Arts from Columbia University. It explains much about the foundation of her vision. We thought we’d show you one of her paintings and let her explain her artistic approach.

“My work embraces the ordinary. My imagery derives from self-portraiture, and familiar spaces and people. Recently, my attention has focused on animal companionship, the strange delicacy of interspecies living, to put it plainly, offers new insight to my perspective of the everyday. In the give-and-take of animal care, I see reflected the same complexities of human relationships—awkward physicality, unrequited desire, interdependence. Here, however, I work not only to reproduce the visual stakes of these encounters, but to preserve their mystery as well.

“The Builder's Daily is a dream project for me. I have been working closely with John for about a decade, and I have developed a love for the building industry and its people. Designing the experience for readers and writers of TBD, I aim to cultivate a lively and devoted community. My goal is to create a platform that has utility, value and can help construction professionals be the best they can be. It is my honor to be involved in this passion project, and I'm so excited to work closely with all of you.”

Thank you, Maggie. We’re all mighty glad to have you. Oh, and your new title is Queen of Wow.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Craig Reiss

Craig Reiss

Director of Strategy and Standards

Craig has run editorial and been a principal strategist helping create more than $2 billion in value on more than 200 media properties, including 100 B2B entities in 36 categories.

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