Making the Pewter Shine

In the 1980s, I had the pleasure of spending considerable time in W.A. Dwiggins‘s studio in Hingham, Massachusetts. His books, drawings, marionette theater, proof press, and all things WAD were inspirations. I even got to hold the legendary Püterschein Pitcher, …

A Rugged Man's History of the Book in Verse

Margaret N. Hincks’s History of the Book, illustrated by W. A. Dwiggins (The Horn Book, 1944), is a curious mashup. It combines the author’s poem—tracing the evolution of the book from scribes of the “fertile . . . land of …

Digital Publishing Worrying You? Read This . . .

W. A. Dwiggins (1880–1956), the man who more or less gave us the term “graphic design,” had a biting wit, best expressed through his writing. He slyly and directly advocated the marked improvement in book design during the 1920s and …

WAD's Marionettes

When I was working on an exhibition of W.A. Dwiggins’ design (download keepsake here) with Louise Fili and Dorothy Abbe, the most enjoyable discoveries were his marionettes and basement theater in his studio in Hingham, Mass. Dwig or WAD designed …