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.
A crazy quilt of material concerning aspects of the Chicago Tribune that have injected themselves into J.J. Sedelmaier's personal and professional life.
My fascination with brand design started with the soda-pop realm. I’d always loved leafing through old magazines and usually paid more attention to the advertising in them than the articles. Because my father had a collection of Life magazines beginning with the first issue in 1936 and continuing through the World War II years,...
A recent visit to Chicago reminded me of how enamored I am of its rapid transit. It’s so much a part of what makes Chicago unique and exciting to me. Chicago is one of those cities with a “sound” to it—San Francisco being another—and the elevated “L” system is the reason why. Much of...
J.J. Sedelmaier presents his compendium of Avengers comic book covers.
J.J. Sedelmaier explores the book Ludwig Hohlwein, a collection of poster designs by the artist published in Berlin in 1926.
J.J. Sedelmaier looks at "50 Years Of Schwinn Built Bicycles," an illustrated tome published in 1945.
I once found a set of Speedball pen nibs as a kid. I was familiar with conventional pen and ink usage, but had never seen nibs like this before. It wasn’t until taking a calligraphy course in college (with Professor Don Anderson, author of “The Art Of Written Forms”) that I ran across them...
Fortune Magazine isn't necessarily known to be the most graphically compelling publication. That is, unless you look back to the magazine's first 15 years, starting in 1929. Find out who penned the illustration for its original prototype—a rare piece!
Check out this handbook for wartime citizens, which describes and illustrates the insignias and graphics used by the various divisions of the armed forces.