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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …