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Print’s June 2013 Issue

This month we explore one of the most important topics in the design vernacular: Color. Nearly every story focuses on color, from Steven Heller’s look at the power of the color red, to Jude Stewart’s survey of color trends, to Stephen Coles’ and Paul Shaw’s primer about creating color effects with layered type. We also showcase the six winners of our Portfolio Review, a competition that rewards designers for their entire body of work. Let their portfolios inspire you to make the most of your own book.



Grids+Guides Darren Song sews his art, David Bowie gets the typographic treatment, a taste of color for the fall runway, a spool-worthy music video and Gary Baseman’s tribute to coming home

Evolution Steven Heller takes a colorful look at the split fountain printing method, used on this issue’s cover.

Interview Skyping with designer and illustrator Noma Bar

Interaction Paul Ford imagines a world of digital imagery where we rely less on generic filters and more on the power of the color wheel.

Dialogue Steven Heller talks with color consultant Laura Guido Clark.

Stereotype Paul Shaw and Stephen Coles explore the history and modern-day usage of color within layered typography.

Observer Rick Poynor makes a case for reversing the trend of showing more pictures and less text in books written for designers.


Prized Portfolios The winners of our Portfolio Review were judged not by one project alone, but for their entire body of work. Take a look at these hardworking portfolios and get advice for building your own book from our panel of high-profile judges. By Karli Petrovic

Color Hero Comic book colorists are finally getting their due with credit alongside the writers and line artists they work hand in hand with. Seven-time Eisner Award-winner Dave Stewart shares his work and his process for bringing comics to life with color. By Douglas Wolk

Colorful Language In this essay, we take a look at our culture’s hypocritical love affair with dirty words. By David Barringer

Dialing Up (or Down) the Color Where there’s a trend, there’s backlash, derivatives and adaptations. We explore the influences shaping our color choices. By Jude Stewart

Seeing Red Steven Heller offers a brief snapshot of all things red, illustrating why this hot hue is the most powerful of colors. By Steven Heller


Back Issue Martin Fox reflects on Print’s 1969 black-and-white issue.

Reviews Debbie Millman on the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art’s “Color Me _____.”  exhibit, Claire Lui on “The Last Interview” book series from Melville House, Douglas Wolk on The Strokes’ Comedown Machine album cover and Rachel Swaby on the new “Letterpress” app

The Last Word Seymour Chwast signs off with Pancho Villa.