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...
The first Polish posters appeared in the 1890s at the hand of outstanding painters and florid letterers. What set the Polish posters apart was the emphasis placed on the highly artistic quality of the project, an attitude that will continue to characterize the Polish poster throughout the 20th century.
R. Roger Remington has already published a book on designer Will Burtin, whose intellectual and creative powers allowed him to function on an epic scale; a new volume to be published by Unit Editions is now in the Kickstarter fundraising process. Heller talked to Remington about the advantages of this new volume.
As MAD Magazine begins a new era today with its new logo design, Heller speaks with Bill Morrison, executive editor, Doug Thomson, MAD design director and Suzy Hutchinson, MAD art director about this new incarnation of probably the oldest American humor and parody magazine.
The 1930 German manual titled How To Design A Career provided commercial artists all the tips they needed to know to become a solid working one in pre-Hitler Germany. Published in four volumes, the samples here come from the book on designing letterheads, billheads and logos.
Still a few more available spots for Design Writing and Research at SVA June 4–15, 2018.
MICA has acquired the huge Globe Poster collection; The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Collection is organizing the Enquire Printing archive; and, of course, Hatch Show Print has been a bottomless resource, among others. But ... more to come at the Colby Poster Printing shop.