Author Archives: Alan Rapp

About Alan Rapp

Alan Rapp is a writer, editor, design instructor, and visual book packager based in New York. He operates the editorial and publishing consultancy ARstudio.

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...

The Exile of Satan from Heavy Metal Design

— Those “heavy metal” bands that debuted during that first palmy MTV generation sound like nontoxic pop compared to today’s vast offerings of subaltern metal genres, where intricate is the new heavy, and glacially slow is far more radical than hyperfast. Metal has evolved in such diverse directions—drawing from and crossing over with punk,...