Bradbury Thompson

Bradbury Thompson’s Genius

Bradbury Thompson (1911–1995) was the maestro when it came to the magazine as symphony. Steven Heller opens up two issues of his Westvaco Inspirations.

Stimulating The Economy

The 1930s magazine More Business was produced by the printing industry to stimulate merchants and manufacturers to use letterpress for all their promotion needs. And they used some excellent cover artists. Take a look at several covers.

Bradbury Thompson’s Ga Ga Moment

Steven Heller draws attention to Bradbury Thompson, editor/designer of Westvaco Inspirations and art director of Mademoiselle magazine with a short profile and several examples of his work.

Designing the Famous Artists

Bradbury Thompson (1911–1995), the elegant American designer who made Westvaco Inspirations a design studio must-have, produced many unheralded things. Among his clients were the Famous Artists Schools, Inc., from Westport, Connecticut, for which he designed their annual reports. All Thompson’s work was typographically precise, and the 1963 annual report is no exception. But Thompson...

An L.A. View of Meggs's N.Y. School of Design

Everyone will approach the fifth edition of Meggs’ History of Graphic Design through their own personal filters. Steve Heller’s already done his overview of the print and digital versions. Paul Shaw may pick up his Blue Pencil to correct factual and editorial errors. Marxist and feminist critics might deal with the two Martha Stewart...

Craig Yoe Talks ICON, Krazy Kat, and Whether Today's Cartoonists Ever Get Laid

Craig Yoe has been called a “celebrated designer” by no less an authority than The Onion. Formerly the Creative Director/VP/GM of the Muppets, Craig is co-creative director of YOE! Studio, and his lively book layouts, such as for his Arf series about comics history, are elegant examples of form following fun. His controversial “Secret...