About Gail Anderson

Gail Anderson is a graphic designer, educator, and writer. She is co-author of several books with Steven Heller, and is still in search of the perfect curly hair gel (for her, not Steve). Gail was the senior art director at Rolling Stone, and creative director of design at SpotCo. She has taught at the School of Visual Arts for over 20 years.

How To Design An App

“I’ve been pretty busy, but in a good way,” reports Baltimore-based illustrator/designer/MICA instructor Joyce Hesselberth. “I usually have some editorial projects in the works. I just finished a few pieces for “The New York Times” and the “Chronicle Review.” I …

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Christian Acker Flips the Script on Graffiti

“We tap keyboards far more frequently than we touch pen to paper,” designer and author Christian Acker says in his introduction to Flip the Script: A Guidebook for Aspiring Vandals and Typographers (Ginko Press, 2013). “Graffiti may well be the …

Student Jumps on B&WAGON

Matt Vee is a design student and collector of words. A self-described “third-time transfer student” hailing from Holland (Michigan, not Europe) who now attends the School of Visual Arts, Vee seeks out interesting word combinations. “Being a designer, I can’t …

Howler Magazine Scores!

Robert Priest and Grace Lee have produced a wealth of smart, elegant magazines, including O, The Oprah Magazine and the late, great Condé Nast Portfolio. They’ve made their mark in the digital world as well, creating the award-winning O, The Oprah …

See Invisible Creature

A few months back, I wrote about my obsession with Target gift cards. I’ve since discovered that I’m not just obsessed with the cards, but with the entire portfolio of Don and Ryan Clark of Invisible Creature—the brothers behind some …

Lauren Hom’s Daily Dishonesty

Lauren Hom wants you to lie to her. You know all those little promises that you make to yourself—all those trays of Thanksgiving treats you think you’re going to avoid tomorrow? Hom is honoring our collective lack of willpower and …

Teen Angels Rule

Teen Angels is not what it sounds like. While its name indicates a magazine for dewy-eyed preteens (or middle-aged doo-woppers), the 33-year-old publication’s audience is graffiti and tattoo artists, as well as the prison population. Its website touts Teen Angels …

Benita’s Shorts

I first met Benita Raphan at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where we were both studying graphic design in the precomputer Stone Age. She was an iconoclast even back in the early 1980s—the first person I knew …

Neil Gower’s Surprises

You know when you get an e-mail from a stranger who’s coming to town and wants to visit your studio? Those e-mails that you typically delete? Recently, I received one that hit my soft spot: the designer claimed to be …