Alan Rapp

The Sideways Blogging Career of Art Chantry

There are two prominent features of Art Chantry’s design career: volume (in a few senses) and independence. Chantry’s prolific graphic output (which he estimates as “a shitload”), especially in the poster medium and music packaging, has been a platform for an unapologetically referential design philosophy, which he has often vigorously debated with design peers...

Ecstatic Publishing: Thurston Moore, Eva Prinz Discuss Their New Venture

If the current state of the traditional book industry looks uncertain to unhappy—the future of Barnes & Noble is the subject of a brutal tug-of-war, Amazon’s selling more e-books than hardbound ones, a dead Swede and salty-talking senior tenaciously top the bestseller lists—one wouldn’t expect new ventures to arise. But into the precarious breach goes Ecstatic...

Melt Into Air: The New Wave of Architectural Imaging

Architectural projects are primarily represented two ways: models and images—whether idealized renderings or idealized photographs. Combining advanced technologies and techniques in image capture, data modeling, and optics, Austin-based Zebra Imaging is arguably producing something in between: a new generation of holograms with some surprising applications and intriguing implications. As seen in a widely-circulated video...

The Photo Book Will Rise Again

Well before the release of the iPad, the conventional wisdom was that book publishing is in a state of critical and imminent peril, and within the photography book community, the argument has received special attention in ways that reflect this category’s peculiar challenges: production costs and audience exclusivity. Because their primary function is to...