Behind every graphic design is the heart and soul of a great story. In this issue of Print Magazine, we look at storytelling from every angle, from an authentic narrative that sets a brand apart to interactive storytelling that brings the reader in and engages them like no other story could, we even share personal stories from designers themselves. After all, every successful designer is really a great storyteller at heart.
Cover design by Wendy MacNaughton.
Wine barrels become art; designers give advice; an exhibition walks you through a story; tattoo artists with graffiti style inspire a book
Today’s stock photos have their roots in 16th century engravings and 19th century “cuts” that were popularized by printers.
Storytelling guru Stanley Hainsworth shares his secrets for creating brand narratives that people connect with.
Will Gay, creative director for Disney’s Yellow Shoes, shares this beloved brand’s approach to storytelling
Many graphic designer’s don’t read comic books or graphic novels. Find out why you should give this medium another look
How do book cover designers tell a story that makes us want to read the one inside? Learn more about the ins and outs of book cover design and get the scoop on 7 brand new covers.
By Michelle Taute
Behind the Brand
How do you find a brand’s genuine backstory? Kit Hinrichs ad Alina Wheeler share their advice and present case studies of successful branding projects.
By Melissa Mazzoneli
8 intriguing tales from a new book full of essays from graphic design’s most celebrated creatives
By Brian Singer
Playful designs pull audiences into the narrative. Read about 3 creatives who have turned interactive storytelling into a contact sport.
By Karli Petrovic
Propaganda: The Art of Lying
The word propaganda is nearly synonymous with lying. Here, we examine 5 works that are steeped in subversive storytelling.
By Steven Heller
Reflections on a Puddle
A visual essay by Debbie Millman, one of the industry’s most notable storytellers.
By Debbie Millman
Reviews: Chip Kidd’s new book aimed to teach children about graphic design; New interactive game that elicits both a competitive and emotional response; Claire Lui on Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love” latest book cover, Douglas Wolk with the story behind Eleanor Friedberger’s “Personal Record” album
The Last Word
Seymour Chwast signs off with Oscar Wilde.