i-D is a British magazine dedicated to fashion, music, art and youth culture. i-D was founded by designer and former Vogue art director Terry Jones in 1980. The first issue was published in the form of a hand-stapled fanzine with text produced on a typewriter. Over the years the magazine evolved into a mature glossy but it has kept street style and youth culture central.
i-D has also held exhibitions worldwide and published several books.
The magazine is known for its innovative photography and typography and as a training ground for fresh talent. Photographers Wolfgang Tillmans, Mario Testino Terry Richardson, Craig McDean, Nick Knight and Juergen Teller started their careers at i-D, as did Dylan Jones and Caryn Franklin. Other photographers that have contributed to i-D include Ellen von Unwerth and Kayt Jones.
People who have appeared in i-D include Madonna, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Kanye West, Helmut Lang, Franz Ferdinand, Chloë Sevigny, Raf Simons, Undercover, Veronique Branquinho, Lily Cole, Giles Deacon, Dizzee Rascal, Scarlett Johansson, Rick Owens, Selena Gomez, Rihanna, Pedro and Liv Fontaine
In 1984, Tony Elliott of Time Out became a publishing partner with a 51% share of the company. Jones remained editor-in-chief and creative director, but he also worked on other commercial projects. In 2004, Jones—together with his wife Tricia, regained total control of the company. Vice Media acquired i-Din 2012.
The magazine pioneered the hybrid style of documentary/fashion photography called The Straight Up. At first, these were of punks and new wave youth found on English streets and who were simply asked to stand against any nearby blank wall. The resulting pictures—the subjects facing the camera and seen from “top to toe”—are a vivid historical documentary photography archive, and have established the posed “straight up” as a valid style of documentary picture-making.
i-D‘s 25th anniversary in 2005 was celebrated with an exhibition (i-Dentity) and guest-edited issues. Terry Jones invited a number of creative collaborators to work with him on different identity issues. The collaborators included Ashley Heath, M/M Paris, Alex McDowell, Simon Foxton and Stephen Male, Nick Knight, David Lipman and Peter Saville(December 2005).
The editors of i-D have been:
- Terry Jones (1980–present)
- Dylan Jones (1986–1988)
- Caryn Franklin (1986–1988)
- Alix Sharkey (1988–1989)
- John Godfrey (1988–1990)
- Matthew Collin (1991–1994)
- Avril Mair (1994–2005)
- Glenn Waldron (2005–2006)
- Ben Reardon (2006–2010)
- Holly Shackleton (2010–Present)