Ben King

Bob Gill Lends a Hand

There are few things more rewarding to an art director than working with someone you respect, and in that sense, my tenure at Print has seen an abundance of rewards. In the February issue alone, I got to hang out at the Pencil Factory “art directing”—i.e., chatting up the many great, friendly designers and...

A Look Back at the ADC Gala, Design's (Sorta) Oscar Night

Last Tuesday, May 8, the Art Directors Club held its 91st Annual Awards gala, a festive affair attended by some of the best and brightest in advertising, design, and publications. After a generous cocktail hour, attendees filed into the auditorium of Espace on Manhattan’s West Side for the award presentation. The president of ADC’s board,...

These Songs Go to 11!

Today being 11/11/11, and officially National Metal Day, we thought we’d have to find a way to celebrate. Now, most of us here at Print aren’t exactly metalheads—we lean toward the punker side of things—but we’ve been known to dabble in the epic notes of teenage doom. So, without further ado: a Spotify playlist...

Love, New York Times Style

Last Thursday, The New York Times opened its doors, and its heart, for an exhibition of illustrations by Brian Rea and Christopher Silas Neal. Culled from their fruitful output for Modern Love—a much beloved column in the paper’s Sunday Styles section—the work speaks for itself, of course, but also for the talent and intelligence...

Rereading Bob Gill for the First Time

It is in no way hyperbolic to say that Bob Gill’s latest book, Bob Gill, So Far (Laurence King, $50), should be required reading in every design school. Additionally, it should have a place on all right-thinking designers’ bookshelves. In fact, the only argument against buying this work by one of America’s greatest graphic thinkers...

Selling the Sizzle, and the Serif

You walk into the showroom. Here is the salesman: affable, dressed the part. Here is the promotional literature, detailing the features, benefits, and provenance of the product. In the center of the room, you are invited to see yourself with it, your image imposed upon the design. Finally, you look up to find the...