George Lois

George Lois Can Still Kick Your Ass

When George Lois wants something, he usually gets it. Whether it’s Maypo, Matzo, or MTV, the advertising and design legend has won many more battles than he’s lost. And at 81 years old, Lois still approaches life like it’s something to be fought over and enjoyed and laughed about later. He has lived a...

Wisdom in My Pocket

The best thing about George Lois’s latest book, Damn Good Advice (for people with talent), published by Phaidon Press, is you can keep it in your pocket or pocket book. It is compact, lightweight and user friendly. So every time you are faced with the urge for an infusion of wisdom, it is at...

BBC Design Documentaries at SVA

Last chance to get tickets to the SVA / BBC Design Documentary Film Festival. Last chance to see these BBC documentary films. The School of Visual Arts (SVA) Graduate Design Programs will host the SVA / BBC Design Film Festival at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, New York (Saturday, March 24, 2012...

George Lois's Bright Ideas

George Lois doesn’t need advice. But the designer for whom “legendary ad man” is practically a Homeric epithet has loads to share in Damn Good Advice (for People with Talent!), a slim, fast-paced collection that comes out in March (Phaidon, $9.95). Although there are plenty of tips for the aspiring “master communicator” (No. 6:...

9/11 and the Fall of Mad Men

Mad Men season five… about time! But that new outdoor ad of the guy suspended in white space… what’s the big idea? It’s certainly eye-catching. And it’s already become controversial after just a few days. In those respects it may be meant to announce “Don Draper: the George Lois years.” People are offended by...

Today's Obsession: Classic Summer

Let’s have a style moment today, and a weekend project too: I need some new jeans for summer like whoa. All I have at the moment is a couple pair of 510’s which are great but getting little threadbare from all the bike time, so I went hunting for a good guide for shrinking...

My 10 Best (and One Worst) Design Items of the Half-Year

My editor told me, “Everyone likes an end-of-year list, right?” Well, I don’t. But this one’s for you, James. Happy 2011! These date back to early July, when Imprint officially launched. First the Worst. The worst “Mad Men / Creative Revolution” quote during the last half of this year ~ “So fuck you, Mad...

Barbie, Ken, Sterling, Cooper, Draper

Mad Men returns next Sunday, July 25, and a new line of well coiffed and clothed Barbie dolls – Mad Barbies – are in the wings. Will the new 4th season bring us as much pain and joy as the previous three? “When I hear ‘Mad Men,’ it’s the most irritating thing in the...