Forgotten Women Designers and Illustrators

We can all agree that graphic design and illustration was a male dominated profession at the outset. Or can we? Volume 1 of  Advertising Arts & Crafts, Eastern Edition (Lee & Kirby, New York, 1926), a 446 page index of …

When China Rules the World

The Art of War, a graphic novel currently published in the U.S. and Brazil by Kelly Roman and Michael DeWeese, adapts the text of Sun Tzu’s original Chinese classic The Art of War to a dystopian sci-fi universe immersed in a …

Richard Wilde, My Hero

Last night Richard Wilde, the chairperson of the BFA Graphic Design and Advertising program at the School of Visual Arts, in New York City, was inducted into the One Club’s Educator’s Hall of Fame at Gotham Hall. I was honored …

Covering Print Magazine, 1940-1953

The magazine we all call Print has had a half dozen different names since its inception in June of 1940. It was originally a limited-edition periodical that discussed the endless techniques used in the graphic arts industry, and even included …

Why Can't We All Just Get Along?

Fighting never solves anything. But as a boy, my father made me take judo and jujitsu lessons so I could protect myself against a large number of bullies who preyed on stragglers in my Lower East Side, New York neighborhood. …

Practice Your Black Letter Writing Here

The Nazis extolled the nationalist virtues of writing with the Germanic gothic letter. But gothics are not entirely tainted by the association. There is much beauty in the forms, and skill is needed to make them. So, let’s begin. If …

Turning Up The Typographic Volume

Olga Mezhibovskaya’s typography classes at the School of Visual Arts, in New York City, are profoundly experimental and interdisciplinary, touching on more than one of the senses. She has had students interpret a variety of music visually and typographically; printed …

Don't Turn Your Back on History

What is disconcerting about the tour of Italian Fascist architecture in Rome I’ve been on for the past few weeks is that the buildings, signs, and symbols are still intact, more or less undisturbed, as monuments to the past. Mussolini …