Art Paul, the founding art director of Playboy, recognized for his innovative design that transcended the limitation of a men's magazine into a journal rich with editorial and pictorial content, died on April 28, 2018. He was 93, and arguably, he was the last of magazine's golden age art directors.
During the Punk movement of the 1980s, bands made posters called "antiplakas," a visual phenomenon that was a code for a youth culture aesthetic called Kádár. When it was gone it was "the last underground underground."
"Be My Cover: An Exhibit of Contemporary Cover Design" features 100 of Penguin Random House’s most iconic book covers. The selection gathers book covers published worldwide within the past 10 years by more than 15 imprints from Penguin Random House. This work has been created, or art directed, by 33 designers straddling the Atlantic,...
You may never have heard or seen the work of Arthur Burdett (A.B.) Frost (1851–1928), but he was one of the luminaries of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century illustration and cartoon.
Raymond Lufkin (1899–1978) was one of the highly skilled graphic artists employed by advertising agencies and book publishers in the mid-1930s to add luster to their illuminations.
Otto Antonini (1892–1959) was born in Italy and later moved to Zagreb, Croatia, where he became a popular illustrator. The cover comps here are from Svijet (World).
Steven Heller has just realized, after digging deep into his subconscious and Google too, just why he has an affinity for Paul Rand's work.
The fusion of influences in Ryan McGinness' paintings, prints, sculptures and installations establishes his unique language as a multi-faceted reflection of contemporary visual culture. Heller talks to him about the place his new work has in his overall blurring of the lines between art and design languages.
Jack Summerford recently found this beautifully designed piece, which carries with it a certain sad resonance today and was originally gifted to Stanley Marcus (of Neiman Marcus) and his wife by Texas screenwriter Bill Wittliff.
For more than a year, Rudy VanderLans has been sending limited-edition books of photographs to friends as a work in progress. Heller has been happy to be on the mailing list yet had been asked not to write about them until now. Today, VanderLans agreed to tell him more about these new, curiously...