Hand Drawn Design from Cover to Cover

In 1927, Samuel Welo published his first edition of “Studio Handbook: Letter And Design For Artists And Advertisers.” But this collection of fonts, ornaments, logos and other ad elements was not only meant to provide specific examples of design to …

Illustration Makes The Man

Clothes, they say, make the man. But in the world of early-20th-century advertisements, illustrators made the man that wore the clothes that made the man. Just look how self-satisfied this gent appears while tying his tie. The illustrator may be …

An Ad with a Story to Tell

Saul Bass was a master visual storyteller and an inveterate wit, as Jenifer Bass and Pat Kirkham’s wonderful professional biography illuminates. His film titles alone are enough to land him in the proverbial pantheon of design innovators. But Bass was also a master …

Who You Calling Mister?

We all know about Mr. Clean. He’s been a household fave for ages—and currently, with that sparkling earring and chrome dome of his, quite the hipster too.  Mr. Peanut, top hat and all, has held up for a century. But …

Pigheaded Demopublicans

Both U.S. political parties are playing politics with food aid. And Oxfam America is angry. Their recent advertising campaign, created by Hill Holliday, USA, “Tell Washington to Stop Playing with Food Aid,” takes a non-partisan/non-gender stance against the stubborn donkeys …

The Advertising Power of Comic Book Artists

In the early part of the twentieth century the first American cartoonists were the superstars of their times. Their work was received by an adoring audience, they earned lucrative contracts and toured the country to give chalk talks to a …

Howdy 7Up!

I became interested in pop bottles (I grew up in the Chicago area where we all said “pop”) and related stuff when I was about 12 years old. I had gone inside an old garage that was attached to a …

Stop the Presses: More Ignorance and Stupidity in the World

This just in from The Jerusalem Post and the UK’s Daily Mail: ISTANBUL – A Turkish shampoo commercial featuring an enraged Adolf Hitler is a “huge insult to human rights” and should be withdrawn, leaders of the country’s Jewish community …