Happy Birthday Seymour Chwast

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By: Steven Heller | August 18, 2008

Don’t worry, this space will not, as a rule, be used to shout out an endless litany of birthdays. This one, however, is special. Seymour Chwast does not have a birthday every day. So I thought it only fitting to comemorate this master of pen, brush, and Cellotak, co-founder of Push Pin Studios, author of more than 30 children’s books, publisher of the Push Pin Graphic, winner of countless awards, former pipe aficionado, and a consistently pithy and poignant polymath. It is also worth noting that after five decades in the design and illustration business, his imagination hasn’t taken a holiday. As an example, check out his quarterly publication, The Nose. The current issue is devoted to the “unreal” (see below). Note: Chwast is pronounced QWAST and means “weed” in Polish.