Antonio Petruccelli's Little-Known Genius

Antonio Petruccelli published 28 covers, interiors, and infographics for Fortune between 1933 and 1945. He was a precisionist with a keen sense of wit and whimsy. His work is known to a few today, but otherwise forgotten. That’s why, if …

What do Abe Lincoln, Gail Anderson, and the USPS Have in Common?

If you guessed “stamps,” you are correct. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Lincoln in 1863, Gail Anderson was commissioned by USPS art director Antonio Alcalá to produce the stamp. “To evoke the look …

Design Is Everywhere

Hotel luggage labels are jewels in the graphic design crown. Mini posters, they rank up there among other miniatures for graphic and typographic virtuosity—razor blade wrappers, poster stamps, matchbook covers, etc. There’s no wonderful Latin-sounding word for collectors, but you …

Survival Information Graphics

The Recognition Pictorial Manuals issued by the United States Military during World War II were a precursor to the infographic explosion we see today. Printed on fairly cheap paper, in black and white, these thick books nevertheless adopted some principles …

Hurricane Graphics: Gimme Shelter

The symbols used to warn you and me about impending dangers are often used on flags. As I sit around waiting for the full brunt of Hurricane Sandy (which seems like such benign name, doesn’t it? Should be Hurricane Osama …

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 …

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 …

Holes in the City: A Doughnut Map for New York

The neighborhood around Print‘s New York offices, in the no-man’s land between Kips Bay and Murray Hill, has plenty of charms: cheap soup and spendy coffee, all manner of South Asian cuisine, a hotel that’s lousy with paparazzi, a lunch counter that …

Netanyahu Bombs at the U.N.

If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were a stand-up comic, he couldn’t have been funnier. Yet sadly for him, the visual aid he surprisingly introduced during his U.N. General Assembly speech last week, illustrating the serious need to draw a …