Raymond Lufkin (1899–1978) was one of the highly skilled graphic artists employed by advertising agencies and book publishers in the mid-1930s to add luster to their illuminations.
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.
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.
With Stalin in his grave, the Polish Communist government "approval and allocation of paper" led to the creation of a radically designed periodical titled Ty i Ja (You and Me). The first issue was founded in 1960 by the journalists Teresa Kuczynska and Roman Jurys, and designed by the great Roman Cieslewicz.
There seems to be no end of amazing talents who live in or emigrated from Poland. Among the masters is Andrzej Krajewski (b. 1933), who was somehow unknown to Steve Heller until he found a book of his book covers and jackets edited by Tytusa Klepacza
Stasys Eidrigevicius (pronounced Stacease Edri-gaav-ichus), a Lithuanian-born artist living in Warsaw, Poland, is among the stars of the Polish poster. He is also a media polymath with a vision all his own.
Heller talks with Ellen Weinstein about her new book, Recipes for Good Luck (Chronicle Books), which lists the unique practices—from quirky superstitions to performance rituals as well as creative processes—and curious habits of a slew of influential people.
Michael Rossum has been printing small collections of design artifacts for "The Closest Friends of Kat Ran Press" for a number of years. His most recent #7 is Designs on Shaw, a sweet little appreciation of interpretations of George Bernard Shaw's work.
J.J. Sedelmaier partners with Peter Paeth to bring you this extensively researched article about commercial artist Louis Paeth, whose career serves as a wonderful example of how many illustrators and designers navigated the world of commercial art during much of the 20th century.
Michael Gerber, founder and publisher of The American Bystander, is committed to print. Whereas once the field was full of funny mags, now, trenchant humor has migrated to late-night television and the digital world as populated by laff-makers too. Has this hurt the following of Gerber's magazine? Let's see.