Mastering Typography on the Cheap

Periodically, the folks at MyDesignShop.com put together limited-edition bundles of popular design resources and offer them for impressively low prices. This week we have a bundle of particular note to Imprint readers: the Mastering Typography Ultimate Collection, which gathers together …

Ten (or More) Things You Didn’t Know About Herb Lubalin

1. His name was pronounced Loo-ball-in, with the accent on the loo. 2. He was color-blind and ambidextrous. 3. Although he ultimately rejected advertising in favor of graphic design, as an agency art director at Sudler & Hennessey he was …

Lifeboat: A Sampler of Graphic Ships

When was the last time you had to use a ship in a layout or design? Think hard. For me it was decades ago. But it’s always good to have a ship reference on hand. That way you’ll never miss …

Monumental Man Moves Mountains

This Wednesday, October 24, at 6 p.m., I will interview the Monumental Man himself, Kevin O’Callaghan, at the Art Directors Club in New York City. It’s for the ADC’s  annual “Festival of Fame,” which this year will celebrate O’Callaghan’s induction …

Winsor McCay Illustrates Temperance — or Prohibition?, 1929

While strolling through a used-books store in Los Angeles over 20 years ago, I spied the dust-jacketed binding of a book with a familiar illustration style. Much to my delight, I’d found a little-known 1929 first edition volume published by …

Teach Their Children Well

In 1937, the Italian dicatotor Benito Mussolini embarked upon a colonizing war that spread over North and East Africa. Italian forces reconquered Libya and Eritrea and occupied Somalia, subjecting the local populations to massacres and other atrocities. Neutralizing the indigenous …

A Magazine for Day Jobbers

“Day Job is a publication for anyone who has ever had a job they’ve loved, a job they’ve hated, a life-long calling, or a way to make an easy buck,” says the magazine’s publisher and editor, Elliott Walker. Day Job—which was …

What Number Brush Did You Use?

In the pre-computer days, comps were painted or drawn, or sometimes collaged, in rough form. Art school emphasized hand skills, lettering with brush and gouache. The following painted “sketches”—from a collection of over 50 found in LA by my colleague …

Print is Still Dead (Again): Digital Textbooks

On Tuesday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan stated that the nation must move quickly away from printed textbooks and toward digital ones. “Over the next few years, textbooks should be obsolete,” he declared. Well, that’s another nail in the analog-book coffin. …

My First Portfolio: Mirko Ilić

Print‘s new Portfolio Review is now open and accepting entries. It’s a great opportunity for designers to show off their stuff and personally connect with some of the top design firms in the country. All entrants will have their work featured …