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Sporting Jackets

Book jackets were functional appendages to books created to keep covers free of dirt and dust (hence the now antiquated term dust jackets). They’re also mini-posters designed to attract readers — like bees to the flower. Twenty years ago, Seymour Chwast and I authored a book titled Jackets Required, a survey of these dust repellent graphic designs from the ’20s through the ’40s.

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Medicine Made Funny

Ridendo—a humor magazine distributed to French physicians—was used by pharmaceutical companies for 44 years to reach the medical professionals by tickling their funny bones.

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The Best of Print Magazine in 2013

People love to say it: Print, as a medium, is dead. But it continues to hold its own. Allow me to blow your mind with some powerful statistics.

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“Historic” Historic Preservation

I’m a big fan of architectural historic preservation and restoration, and have involved myself and my studio in the saving of three structures that faced imminent destruction. These include railway stations in Skokie, Il, and Scarsdale, NY, as well as …

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Applauding the Entire Book: The Alice Award

The book industry may be in flux, but there is no shortage of support for beautiful books at the Furthermore Grants in Publishing program, funded by the J.M. Kaplan Fund, which gives modest grants for nonfiction in support of writing, research, editing, design, indexing, photography, illustration and printing and “significant visual books.”

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Mad (Magazine) Crazy…

At a time before cable television and the internet, “Mad Magazine” truly ruled and paved the way for “National Lampoon” and Saturday Night Live.

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Happy Birthday To The Cathedral Of Commerce!

As many people do, I’ve often found it necessary to have things framed for display at home and in our studio—a relatively simple process that had always had a satisfying result. One “gallery” I used to take my stuff to …

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Rising Sun and the Dogs of War

Wars are fought as much on paper as in the air, on the sea and in the dirt. During World War II the Germans had a slew of army- and navy-derived periodicals, touting the victories and lamenting some defeats. The …

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Looking Back: Working with Herb Lubalin on U&lc

Herb Lubalin was not only a boss, but was a mentor and father-figure to Ellen Shapiro. She, along with Ilene Strizver and Jason Calfo, talk about working with the legendary Herb Lubalin at U&lc.