History

Rough, Rough, Rough

In the age of comp drawing Don May was the rough trader. He was an art and layout consultant with Hoskinson, Rohloff and Associates, and worked for dozens of national clients, including Abbot Laboratories, Hart Schaffner and Marks, Sears Roebook, and the Chicago Daily News. He was a layout machine and layout man’s layout...

Tony Di Spigna: Fifty Years A Letterer

Veteran master letterer Tony Di Spigna has an exhibition, “Imported From Brooklyn,” now on view at The Grace Gallery organized by the Communication Design Department, New York City College of Technology, where he will be donating his archive to City Tech and it will become the department’s first permanent collection. I spoke to Douglas Davis,...

When the U.S. Army Banned a Comic Book About War

It was 1966, in the midst of the Vietnam War. President Johnson was escalating his lies to Congress and the public that prolonged this horrific and unwinnable South Asian conflict. And in that year, America suffered 6,350 fatal military casualties, well over triple the number of deaths in 1965. And a war comic titled...

The Chatter Of Type

  Through its publications and gallery, the Composing Room promoted the new American design. The Composing Room in New York was no mere type shop. While no other type business was more aggressively self-promoting, none so determinedly advanced the art and craft of type design or made such a remarkable contribution to design history...