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Illustrated Aviation Books By Assen Jordanoff

As a kid, whenever I’d visit my Grandmother’s house in Columbus, OH, I’d make a beeline to her bookshelf. It consisted of books on public health and education (she worked with the Ohio State Department of Health), as well as books my Dad had gotten as a kid. Books like original Edgar Rice Burroughs...

How I Learned Modern(ism)

Colorforms, invented by art students Harry and Patricia Kislevitz, with a logo by Paul Rand, was possibly the first exposure to Modernist geometry and color that any of us with art inclinations had. (At least those of us who grew up after its invention as a playful yet educational tool.) I certainly learned about...

Student Jumps on B&WAGON

Matt Vee is a design student and collector of words. A self-described “third-time transfer student” hailing from Holland (Michigan, not Europe) who now attends the School of Visual Arts, Vee seeks out interesting word combinations. “Being a designer, I can’t help but to organize them into lists,” he says, “so I wanted to visualize...

Formal Design Education Is Necessary for Practicing Designers. Yay or Nay?

It was the third Designer’s Debate Club event. The Parsons Tishman Auditorium on West 12th Street was packed last Wednesday with people eager to hear what well-known designers and design educators would have to say about the necessity of formal design education. Co-sponsored by AIGA/NY and organized by Designer’s Debate Club founders Jon Troutman,...

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 hundreds of designers and illustrators from Chicago, Boston and New York, listed close to...

“Things that Appeal to Me on a Personal Level”: A Visit to the E/AB

When some people visit New York City, they head to Dylan’s Candy Bar, a store that groups its offerings in such categories as chocolate, gummy candy, jelly beans, and nostalgic candy. For me, visiting the E/AB Fair (Editions/Artists Books) was like being in the best candy store of all: An inspirational store that could...

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 war among the world powers and the international marketplace. The main character, also named...

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 to give the induction speech to 400 guests. Below is a version of what...

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 original prints and tipped-in features within. From its first edition up to Volume VII,...

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. You see, most kids back then traveled in small self-defense packs to ward off...