Author Archives: Emily Gordon

Letter from Print’s new editor-in-chief

  The father of Print was a printer, William Edwin Rudge, who in 1940 founded the magazine to share technical savvy and inspirational examples with his journeyman colleagues in fine-press printing, printmaking, and book binding. As Print’s new editor in chief, I have the privilege of overseeing the magazine we have become nearly 70...

The Obsessives

The four artists whose intent expressions are pictured below are, in many ways, quite ordinary. They read, they eat toast, they buy fishing videos. Then they take it a big step further. Kate Bingaman created a dazzling online archive of years’ worth of purchases—and bills—all illustrated in minute detail. Designer Nicholas Felton charms the...

The 2.0 of the Town

Old magazines learn new tricks online.   Storied magazines The New Yorker (est. 1925) and Harper’s (1850) both launched major website redesigns this year, upping the ante among fellow classics like Scientific American (1845), The Atlantic (1857), and The Nation (1865) in the challenging game of branding such periodicals online. In this looking-glass world,...

Door Policy

— “Won’t you come to dinner?” read the posters pasted all over Amsterdam last October. Ramadan was coming to an end, and a Dutch organization called the Binding Together Foundation was promoting public iftar meals, in which Muslims and non-Muslims would break the fast together after sundown. The invitation presents a pictograph family: a...

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

  Print: How do you see immigration conflicts reflected in Dutch visual culture?   Ayaan Hirsi Ali: The government tried to encourage people who are on welfare to go to the museums, and then discovered that no one was going—all the discounts were being used by the very rich. They started to take art...

Christian Cervantes

  It’s not every 29-year-old who inspires this kind of naked emotion in his boss: “I’m deeply, and unforgivably, envious.” That’s the chief creative officer of Ogilvy & Mather’s Brand Innovation Group, Brian Collins, talking about new kid Christian Cervantes. As his dramatic name suggests, the designer has an impossible dream: to reawaken brands...

Kate & Camilla

  Groucho Marx sang the praises of famous pairs: “Boy meets girl. Romeo and Juliet. Minneapolis and St. Paul.” Add to the list Kate and Camilla, a team of photographers who shared a camera one semester at Smith College and never put it (or each other) down. They do fashion shoots, but sometimes there...

The 2.0 of the Town: Harper’s

  When was the print magazine founded? Vol. 1, Issue 1 was June 1850. When did the website first launch? The first incarnation was in 1996. It was designed and built by a long-defunct company called Small World Software. I know this because I worked for Small World right out of college and remember...

The 2.0 of the Town: The New Yorker

Interview with William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand, Winterhouse What’s your own history with The New Yorker? Are you a longtime reader, admirer, observer of its editorial and aesthetic strategies over the decades? We are longtime, devoted readers of The New Yorker, and have been for years. And, knowing many writers there as well, we...

The 2.0 of the Town: Scientific American

When was the print magazine founded? Rufus Porter founded the magazine in 1845 as a weekly broadsheet, which focused mainly on inventions and patents. When did the website first launch? Who designed it originally, and who designed the current incarnation? Was the design done in-house or by an outside firm, or a combination of...