By: Jinnie Compton | January 14, 2014
The Sex & Design Issue: This month, we take a tasteful look at everything from sex itself to sexuality. Plus, we draw attention to the artists and projects, such as the racy Secret Behavior magazine, that explore sex. We even sneak behind the black bars of censorship to understand why certain comics are so controversial.
Cover by Rodrigo Corral.
Graphic design has long used sex to get what it wants. This depiction of sex, though, has radically changed through the decades, as seen in pin-ups, pulps and more.
By Steven Heller
Women Who Design
Women in creative leadership roles are rare. Print explores
how the top 3% broke through the glass ceiling to challenge the odds.
By Sabrina Shattles
The cross-hairs of censorship have been aimed toward comics for many years. Artists speak out and identify why their work makes others so uncomfortable.
By Michael Dooley
The Discarded American Palette
Derek Erdman is a dumpster-diving, gritty illustrator who went from a Kinko’s connoisseur to a recognized artist, even finding a fan in hip-hop star Macklemore.
By Fritz Swanson
Grids+Guides: Female cartoonists are Pretty in Ink; ROY G. BIV gives color its treatment; designers create sketch-books; Stefan Sagmeister updates his aphorisms; and a design firm shows its love for a local music shop.
Interview: Mixed media artist Javier Rodríguez García has mastered papercraft, melding illustration and pop-culture commentary.
Evolution: The contexts associated with the letter “X” have often raised eyebrows. Take a look at the history of XXX.
Best Practices: How do you balance quality and morality when it comes to printed work? Trish Witkowski aims to help find a happy medium with sustainability in mind.
Dialogue: Illustrator and designer–turned–restaurateur Ryan Feerer tells Steven Heller how his Texas-based restaurant Abi-Haus allows him to invoke all the senses.
Observer: Secret Behavior, an art magazine, proves that sexuality explored on the printed page can be something more than commercial porn: It’s intimacy through art.
Reviews: Jezebel.com’s Fine Lines column evolves into an imprint to re-release young adult titles of the past —ranging from trashy to esteemed.
The Last Word: Seymour Chwast goes under the covers with Joan Crawford.