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A Mag For Goodfellas

I was the co-publisher and art director of Mobster Times. The magazine started as a vendetta against the former art directors of Screw, Brill and Waldstein, who left in a huff and founded and published Monster Times, a sci-fi tabloid, and grew into its own entity.

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Image of the Day, June 14, 2013

Illustrations range from futuristic and clever to surreal in this collection from 1930s Chinese satire magazine Modern Sketch. Via 50 Watts.

Andy Warhol's Attraction to Herbert Bayer's Lips

When Alexey Brodovitch was art directing Harper’s Bazaar, he ran a striking cover by Herbert Bayer for its 1940 “College Fashions” issue. A three-quarter view photo of a woman’s face is duplicated in two rows of four: a clear newsstand eye-catcher. Brodovitch went on to commission an up-and-coming illustrator named Andy Warhol for several...

Bare Bodies, Mud Baths, and Beyond: Wet in Retrospect

In the late 1970s, bohemian hipsters on L.A.’s west side were getting Wet. Despite its small circulation, it became highly influential among local artists, designers, and architects. And now, “Making Wet: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing,” provides a sampling of its spirit. Leonard Koren admits in his book that when he launched Wet in...

Today's Obsession: Martha on the iPad

If you’re paying attention to digital publishing for iOS, you know that Adobe’s recently released the Digital Publishing Suite in beta for InDesign. I spoke about this briefly last week. When I reviewed CS5 a million years ago, I was confused as to why inDesign seemed to have interactive capabilities (and remember, this was...

Today's Obsession: Publishing for the iPad

Last week, Adobe released beta versions of a very interesting set of tools for InDesign—a Digital Publishing Suite for designers developing for the iPad. It’s available now at Adobe Labs. (One caveat: It’s in beta, so go into it understanding that beta means things may be a little buggy here and there.)

Roger Black Discusses Future Potential for Type Design

Roger Black is currently embroiled in design disputes … again! At New York’s Type 1987, Roger went head-to-head with Paula Scher over ITC’s version of Garamond. At AIGA’s Miami conference in 1993, during his stint at Esquire, it was him against David “Raygun” Carson, fighting about publication design. But hey, that was way back...

Print Ain't Dead Yet (Continued)

What happens if you cross the paper-technology of Esopus with the typographic quirkiness of the now defunct Nest?  The offspring might be the bi-annual Vintage Magazine. Inspired by Fleur Cowles’ Flair (1950-51), the second issue of Vintage (out now) is an eclectic mix of graphic, printing and written elements. The cover is embossed (letterpress...

Magazine Making 101

A few weeks back I was asked to speak to a class of NYU students who were creating something interesting: print magazines. Yes, you might be surprised to learn that one of the most respected learning institutions in the country is teaching the art and craft of producing the printed magazine. You might be even...