Not every soldier fought with a gun and bayonet. Commercial art was one of many jobs available to draftees and enlistees during WWII.
John Roman explores what prerequisites need to be present for commercial work to be respected as "art."
Steven Heller explores the progression and current state of the "graphic designer" designation.
If you were studying graphic design in the U.S. Armed Forces in 1939, this is what the War Department would suggest you include in your portfolio.
Andy Warhol's journey from a struggling, unkempt graphic artist to an internationally renowned visual artist began in the magazine world.
Some of the most startling surrealist commercial art was (and is) produced for drug companies. View a few examples from the Mexican pharmaceutical industry.
If you were starting a career in the late 1920s or early 30s (the period of Great Depression), and you had artistic aspirations, this cover and the booklet it graced would have been for you. Explore this vintage catalog of the Federal Schools, Inc. training programs, the largest commercial art correspondence school in America.
“One person’s garbage is the next person’s art.” “Art is in the eye of the beholder.” “The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.” (Marcel...