George Lois

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...

A Grab-Bag of Happy Holidays From J.J. Sedelmaier Productions!

It seemed like a fun idea to take advantage of the upcoming holiday season and post a retrospective of some JJSP holiday greeting cards! Even though we did half of them in-house, I have to say that the ones we did with designers and artists OUTside the studio were more fun! It also gave...

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...

Why George Lois Is Wrong About Mad Men: A Conversation with Mel Abert

Ever since Mad Men premiered in July of 2007, George Lois has been shooting off his mouth – I know: Dog Bites Man – about how the show got everything all wrong because … well, because it wasn’t all about him. George has been a consistently brilliant – and persistently self-aggrandizing – ad legend...

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...