Michael Salu

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Michael Salu November 2015

Michael Salu is a creative director, art and photography editor, designer, brand strategist, writer and illustrator.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Britain of Nigerian heritage,[1] Michael Salu earned a BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Communication from the University of Wolverhampton.[2][3]

Artistic direction, editing and art publishing[edit]

Cover of If On A Winter's Night A Traveller, from the Italo Calvino series

In his role as Artistic Director of Granta Publications (2010–13), Salu was responsible for the creative concepts behind Granta magazine, Granta Books and Portobello Books, commissioning and creating work for print, covers and digital. During this period, he was also the art editor for Granta magazine, publishing new and established artists’ and photographers' work. Highlights of his works include curating a showcase of art to respond to the question "What is British Identity?" for Granta 119[4] and a photographic collaboration with Nadav Kander for Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists 4, which also appeared in The New York Times.

At Granta magazine, Salu was also responsible for art editing and commissioning on projects including Contacts[5] and the Pakistan issue.[6]

Prior to Granta, Salu worked for Random House,[7] where he designed and art directed covers for authors such as Kurt Vonnegut and Fyodor Dostoevsky, as well as for more contemporary fiction including Xiaolu Guo and Chuck Palahniuk.

Brand strategy[edit]

Salu was involved with shaping a new brand identity for Soda Pictures, launched in 2014,[8] and was creative director for the Art Dubai Abraaj Art Prize 2014.[9]

Other work[edit]

Granta Magazine 110 - Sex

Salu has written fiction and essays for publications such as Varoom, Eye Magazine and Under The Influence magazine. He also contributes original art to Grey Magazine.[10]

He has conceived a variety of digital projects for Granta and other brands. For Granta 110: "Sex", he conceived and commissioned a viral website[11] featuring several films to promote the issue.[12] He was Creative Director on the Granta documentary on A. M. Homes, May We Be Forgiven, in conjunction with her latest novel of the same title, in 2012.

His essay "Mixed Media, Dimensions Variable" is in Tales of Two Cities, an anthology on the socio-economic imbalances of New York, edited by John Freeman and published by OR Books, also including work by Zadie Smith, Jonathan Safran Foer, Taiye Selasi, Mark Doty and other writers.[13]


  1. ^ "It's Nice That", 18 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Graduate to great - Michael Salu", YouTube video.
  3. ^ "Our graduates", University of Wolverhampton.
  4. ^ "Britain", Granta 119.
  5. ^ "Contacts", Granta, 14 February 2011.
  6. ^ "High Noon (I)" Archived 2013-12-24 at the Wayback Machine., Granta, 9 September 2010.
  7. ^ James Morrison, "To Convey an Idea Concisely, with as Little Fluff as Possible: An Interview with Michael Salu", Caustic Cover Critic, 14 February 2010.
  8. ^ "Soda Pictures" at Salu.
  9. ^ "The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2014", Cargo Collective.
  10. ^ Michael Salu page at Grey.
  11. ^ http://www.thisisnotapurse.com
  12. ^ "This is Not a Purse" at The Literary Platform, 24 April 2010.
  13. ^ John Freeman (ed.), Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today's New York at OR Books.

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