Author Archives: Gail Anderson

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.

Fifty/50

A reflection on what’s changed in the last fifty years, other than me… COMMUNICATION 1. The NYC boroughs all use the 212 area code (and you don’t have to dial it) 2. Touch tone phones are a novelty 3. Phone numbers begin with letters—XX4, FA5 4. The telephone operator makes person-to-person long distance calls...

Lucky Strike

I thought I was cured. About a decade ago, I vowed to put a cap on my bottle cap collection, after being injured in the line of duty (an embarrassing story I’ve recounted way past its expiration date, I’m afraid). I was through with mining for small objects, but recently started “pinning” a few...

Jessie’s Gang

Jessie Gang is passionate about design—and designers—so much so that she’s hard at work on an ongoing series of  “icons of graphic design” portraits—Jessie’s Gang. Jessie, a graphic and product design major at the School of Visual Arts, admits (with a smile) to papering her walls with creations by some of her favorite artists,...

Lynn Staley: Art Director as Artist

Lynn Staley traded in a Type A career for the personal journey of learning to draw. The former Assistant Managing Editor (Design) of Newsweek, and Deputy Managing Editor of The Boston Globe now attends a class every weekday morning from 9 to 12:30 at the Art Students League in New York City. “On any...

WordPlaying with Muddyum

Muddyum Choudhury likes to play with words. In fact, even the name she uses professionally—Muddyum—is a clever twist on the phonetic pronunciation of her given name, Maryam. “It’s a name no one else has and everyone remembers,” the Pakistani-Italian American designer and illustrator says. Muddyum is inspired by everyday objects, typography, puzzles, puns, and...

Beauty and the Beads

“I think of fashion as a medium of communication,” says Victor-John Villanueva. “It can convey ideas, both large and small. On a very personal level, it can convey your mood and state of mind.” On February 13th, Victor is poised to become a Fab.com sensation when he officially launches 3PTPOP with a plan to...

On the Roadside Sign Again

I’ve been slightly obsessed with portable roadside signage since I first encountered a stretch of white boxes with flashing red arrows along Route 28 in upstate New York. I’d certainly seen that form of advertising before, but didn’t realize how ubiquitous it was throughout rural America (or admittedly, what little I know of rural...

Breathing in Brooklyn

Last fall, I was invited to give a lunchtime lecture at Hyperakt, a groovy design firm in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Much to my surprise, I don’t get terribly nervous before large groups. Maybe it’s because the lights are out and I’m speaking into the darkness, unable to focus on my audience’s sleepy eyelids. But...

Veer Shifts Sights

I’ve ogled the Veer font library for quite some time now. And I am currently in mourning over what appears to be the end of the company’s active type-collecting days, as Veer restructures to increase emphasis on user-generated imagery (“micro-stock”). The many tasty typefaces former “Head of Type” Joe Newton curated over the last...

Greenwich Letterpress Is Just My Type

It is way too easy to spend money at Greenwich Letterpress. Without fail, I manage to leave with some extremely necessary item each time I visit the sunny West Village shop — a journal, some letterpress greeting cards, or maybe a book plate — you know, life’s staples. I am a girl on a...