Steven Brower


Irwin Hasen R.I.P.

Steven Brower commemorates the life of comics artist Irwin Hasen, whose work included illustrating Dondi, the Wildcat comics and others.


The Art of Richard Thompson

Steven Brower reviews the tribute book, The Art of Richard Thompson, with a sensitivity to Thompson's life and work as showcased throughout.


The Case for Jack Kirby

Jack Kirby was arguably the most important comic book creator of the 20th century. But who has the rights to his creations? The Supreme Court may weigh in.



Are you considering getting your MFA in graphic design? Don't miss this roundup of programs around the U.S., including PRATT's Communication Design program.


MFA in Graphic Design

These 11 MFA programs offer a variety of specialties for those engaged in the noble pursuit of higher ed.


Father of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons Revealed

He was an illustrator, cartoonist, designer, puzzle creator and puppeteer. In 1928, the father of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons was commissioned by the department store to create a series of helium filled, rubberized silk animal balloons.

U.S. patent design

Inventive Designers with U.S. Patents

According to the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office in 2012 alone, there were 542,815 applications for patents with 276,788 patents granted. Since 1790, there have been 7 million patents issued total, when Samuel Hopkins was awarded the first patent for a process of making potash, an ingredient used in fertilizer. That patent was signed...