Author Archives: Michael Silverberg

Micro Fiction

A few years ago, Yin Yin Wong came across the Dutch writer Jan Wolkers’s 1969 novel, Turks Fruit, in a dusty corner of a secondhand store. She had first read the book as a high school student, but now that she was studying graphic design, the cover, by Jan Vermeulen—with green-and-orange letters on a...

Some Uncomfortable Thoughts About Sagmeister & Walsh’s New Identity

Stefan Sagmeister has a thing for self-exposure. When he launched his firm 20 years ago, clients received a postcard of the designer wearing dress socks and nothing else. (A black bar kept him from running afoul of the Comstock Act.) It became his personal brand. Last May, when he changed the name of his studio...

Eyes on Iran

Taarof is a Persian term that describes a certain kind of social negotiation among Iranians. “It’s this game that starts off whenever you see friends,” says Afsoon Talai, “this exchange and back and forth.” Talai is the visual editor of a new magazine called B|ta’arof that is interested in exchange of the cultural kind—among...

Holes in the City: A Doughnut Map for New York

The neighborhood around Print‘s New York offices, in the no-man’s land between Kips Bay and Murray Hill, has plenty of charms: cheap soup and spendy coffee, all manner of South Asian cuisine, a hotel that’s lousy with paparazzi, a lunch counter that serves pig’s heads, and the city’s most ornery watch repairman. One omission: a decent...

Play "Name That Designer" with the Type Directors Club's New Birthday Book

This year, the Type Directors Club celebrates its 65th year. To mark the occasion, the storied organization dedicated to “excellence in typography” just published Celebrate 65, a birthday book of sorts. In it, Paul Shaw reminisces on his guided type tours of New York City, TDC executive director Carol Wahler traces her family’s long history running Cardinal...

On the Sixth Floor with Arem Duplessis and Gail Bichler

The New York Times Magazine‘s design director and art director on trashed covers, never learning Flash, and the dark cloud over Manhattan publishing     What’s the process of designing a cover like? How many versions are scrapped before you get to the final one? Gail Bichler: It varies quite a bit. We often...

Filling in the Blanks of a Cryptic Brian Eno Album Cover

Just as great records are sometimes brought low by awful art, so do mediocre albums often benefit from covers that outperform the music they advertise. Then there are records whose jackets (real or digital) hang loosely, with at best cryptic connections to the music. One such cipher is Brian Eno’s 1978 album Music for Films, an early...

On Tour with Cass McCombs

The indie singer-songwriter on DIY fonts, Hieronymus Bosch, and WikiLeaks   Photograph by Joel Brooks    Most people know you as a musician, but you’ve also designed a font called Die Sect. The font was created as part of the artwork for one of my records with a friend of mine, Aaron Brown. We...

Pinstripe Ghost

When the New York Yankees’ historic 1923 home in the Bronx was torn down to make way for a new, luxury-box-stuffed stadium, it seemed as though the House That Ruth Built would be nothing but a memory. That gave Stephen Doyle an idea. Doyle was tasked by the city with commemorating the old stadium...

The New Yorker Cover Department's Greatest Rejects

Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker’s art editor since 1993, doesn’t have normal relationships with the artists who draw the magazine's covers. “Think of me as your priest,” she told one of them. Mouly, who cofounded the avant-garde comics anthology RAW with her husband, Art Spiegelman, asks the artists...