Author Archives: Steven Brower

About Steven Brower

Steven Brower is a graphic designer, writer, and educator and a former creative director/art director of Print. He is the author and designer of books on Louis Armstrong, Mort Meskin, Woody Guthrie and the history of mass-market paperbacks. He is director of the “Get Your Masters with the Masters” low-residency M.F.A. program for educators and working professionals at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. You can follow him on Twitter: @stevenianbrower.


MFA in Graphic Design

These 11 MFA programs offer a variety of specialties for those engaged in the noble pursuit of higher ed.


The Next Generation of Visual Artists

From Jacob Landau to Andy Warhol, the past 90 years worth of winners in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards reads likes a Who’s Who. Next month the Mahady Gallery at Marywood University is hosting The Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition for Northeast Pennsylvania.


Father of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons Revealed

He was an illustrator, cartoonist, designer, puzzle creator and puppeteer. In 1928, the father of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons was commissioned by the department store to create a series of helium filled, rubberized silk animal balloons.

U.S. patent design

Inventive Designers with U.S. Patents

According to the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office in 2012 alone, there were 542,815 applications for patents with 276,788 patents granted. Since 1790, there have been 7 million patents issued total, when Samuel Hopkins was awarded the first patent for a process of making potash, an ingredient used in fertilizer. That patent was signed...


The End of Cursive Handwriting?

Most states no longer include teaching cursive handwriting in their common core standards, which begs the question of whether the end of cursive is nearing?


Old School vs. New School

In an effort to pull students away from the confines of a screen, they were tasked to design a poster for a play by Shakespeare by hand and also by computer. These were critiqued in a side-by- side comparison of the two efforts.

Special Delivery: U.S. Postal Service Passes Legibility Test

I greeted last week’s announcement of the cessation of Saturday services for the United States Postal Service with mixed emotions. It would be altruistic of me to claim this was only due to concern for the myriad workers that would are being displaced, but that wouldn’t be entirely honest. Rather, there were selfish reasons...

Profiles of Inspiration

Last year, I got to visit one of my old haunts, the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, for the first time in over a dozen years. Since the permanent collection has changed little over the years, it was good to see old friends. Standing before one, I found a familiar visage that I...