War and Type

On the home front during World War II, New Yorkers received a regular diet of good and bad news through screaming headlines on the front pages of the city’s tabloids. Illustrator and satirist Rick Meyerowitz’s father, Hy, kept dozens of …

Hirschfeld, Do Re Mi, and Peacock Feet

  I’ve always loved Al Hirschfeld’s work. It seems so timeless and each image he created was always a treat to visually wander through—even without his playful “Ninas.” He had solidly established his style of designed caricature by the mid …

The Vintage Speedball Textbook

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 …

A Garland for Garland (Ken)

Sometimes you can know a person but not really KNOW that person. I have known or known of the veteran British designer Ken Garland for ages. But not until now, with the publication of his stunning monograph, Ken Garland: Structure …

Howler Magazine Scores!

Robert Priest and Grace Lee have produced a wealth of smart, elegant magazines, including O, The Oprah Magazine and the late, great Condé Nast Portfolio. They’ve made their mark in the digital world as well, creating the award-winning O, The Oprah …

Exiled Russian Magazines

Fiodor Sumkin, an extraordinary Russian typographer who draws on history for his inspiration, is in the process of discovering Soviet-era Russian periodicals that were published in Paris, Berlin, and Harbin. His archive, titled “Russia Without Russia. Press Archive,”  includes some …

Covering Print Magazine, 1940-1953

The magazine we all call Print has had a half dozen different names since its inception in June of 1940. It was originally a limited-edition periodical that discussed the endless techniques used in the graphic arts industry, and even included …

Greetings From the Underground

The Composing Room, Inc., in New York City, was the most ambitious and progressive of all the type houses operating during the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. Much of the credit goes to Dr. Robert Leslie and his staff. Smart printed …

Things, the Magazine

In 1934 Cose (Things), the Italian lifestyle magazine, published stories about things. It was a strange journal if only for its curious moderne layout. The cover (below) is lime green with an almost unreadable logo dropped out, with almost equally …

RDA Selects: Behind The New Yorker's “Rubbed Out” Cover

For the next few weeks, we’ll be running selected projects from the 2012 Regional Design Annual along with quotes from their designers. To submit work for the 2013 RDA, click here—the early-bird deadline is February 1, 2013. “Rubbed Out” cover by The …