Steven Heller
Comic Bacteria
John Foster
Mechanical Mysteries

Drawing widgets in the sixties

Debbie Millman
Design Matters From The Archive: Caroline Paul + Wendy MacNaughton
Debbie Millman
Design Matters From The Archive: Marian Bantjes

Debbie talks to Marian Bantjes about her daring typography and her highly ornamental designs.

Debbie Millman
Oliver Jeffers

Debbie talks to artist and illustrator Oliver Jeffers, who explains how illustrating and writing children’s books has changed his fine art painting.

Timothy Young
Insect Men

The Art of Pochoir and the two Messieurs Séguy

Debbie Millman
Chris Ware

Debbie Millman talks to graphic novelist Chris Ware about how Charles Schultz, George Herriman, and Art Spiegelman figured into his life and career, and why empathy is fundamental to his work.

Michael Bierut
Seymour, An Introduction
John Foster
Body of Knowledge

A historical overview of anatomical drawing

Rob Walker
Resolutions, Vibrantly Illustrated
Rick Poynor
Illustrations by Bohumil Štěpán for Crazy Fairy Tales
KT Meaney

How the digital humanities can broaden the learning experience

Laura Tarrish
Hunter | Gatherer: Illustrator Sketchbooks, Pt. III

An interview with the artist known as August Wren

Rob Walker
Spawn of Gerrymander: Jennifer Daniel’s Texas 35th

Illustrator Jennifer Daniel reimagines Texas’ 35th congressional district: If you can read this, you’re in range.

Rob Walker
Spawn of Gerrymander: Steve Brodner’s Pennsylvania 7th

Steve Brodner reimagines Pennsyvlania’s Seventh Congressional District three (frightening) ways.

Rob Walker
Spawn of Gerrymander: Oliver Munday’s Florida 5th

Illustrator Oliver Munday revisualizes Florida’s Fifth Congressional District

Rob Walker
Spawn of Gerrymander: Lisa Congdon’s North Carolina 4th
Rob Walker
Spawn of Gerrymander: Leif Parsons’ Illinois 4th

Illustrator Leif Parsons reimagines Illinois’ Fourth Congressional District, giving a visual message to voters.

Rob Walker
Spawn of Gerrymander: Joe Alterio’s Maryland 3rd

Illustrator Joe Alterio reimagines Maryland’s Third Congressional District in a monstrous animated GIF.

Rob Walker
Spawn of Gerrymander: A Series

A week-long project in which six top illustrators visualize some of the most contorted congressional districts in the country.

John Foster
Postcards from the Trenches
Rick Poynor
The Mysteries of France:
A Gothic Guidebook
John Foster
Strange Ink

Works by untrained artists who found inspiration to produce unique works despite a host of impediments.

Rick Poynor
The Body as Factory: Anatomy of an Image

Peeling back the skin of a New Scientist cover illustration by Nichola Bruce and Michael Coulson.

Alex Knowlton
Miami Nice
See America

Over 75 years ago the government first commissioned posters to showcase the country's most stunning natural features under the banner "See America".

Alexandra Lange
Playing With Design: Fredun Shapur
Gideon Amichay
No, No, No, No, No, Yes
Rick Poynor
Martin Sharp: People, Politics and Pop

Martin Sharp rediscovered: drawings and collages from the book People, Politics and Pop: Australians in the Sixties.

Rick Poynor
Martin Sharp: From Satire to Psychedelia

The late Martin Sharp was a visual innovator whose work erased artificial distinctions between applied image-making and fine art.

The Psychedelic and Grotesque Proto-GIFs of the 19th Century

Richard Balzer has spent the past five years curating an online collection of his phenakistoscopes, praxinoscopes, and zoetropes — "optic toys".

Seven Fantastic Vintage Anatomy Drawings

Popular Science's gallery of seven of the most fantastic anatomy drawings from the Middle Ages.

Rick Poynor
Bohumil Stepan’s Family Album of Oddities
Rick Poynor
Bohumil Stepan’s Gallery of Erotic Humor

Mapp Editions has released a digital version of Bohumil Stepan’s Galerie (1968), a surreal collection of collages and drawings about the relationship between the sexes.

Alexandra Lange
A World of Paste and Paper
John Foster
The Voynich Manuscript
Alexandra Lange
An ABC of the ABCs

Were you a child? Did you read books? Then the NYPL's "ABC of It" serves as a portal back in time.

Flowering Pages

A little-known but remarkable collection of treasures from The Garden Club of America illustrates the activities of the premier American gardening association over the course of a century.

Rick Poynor
The Age of Wire and String Rebooted
Debbie Millman
Wendy MacNaughton + Caroline Paul

Wendy MacNaughton and Caroline Paul on a journey from advertising to Rwanda to illustration, and from Stanford to firefighter to author.

Debbie Millman
Sara Blake

Debbie Millman talks to Sara Blake about collaborating with her sister, creating portraits of 100 girls and illustrating NBA players.

John Foster
What’s Inside?

Accidental Mysteries for February 17, 2013 focuses on what's inside: anatomical drawings.

Debbie Millman
Sophie Blackall

Sophie Blackall discusses learning to draw, painting vs. illustration and her favorite postings from Craigslist.

Rick Poynor
A Dictionary of Surrealism and the Graphic Image

An alphabetical guide to graphic designers influenced by Surrealism and to some key Surrealist concepts.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries

David Rumsey's collection of more than 150,000 maps is one of the largest private collections in the United States. Herewith, a selection.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries

Jason D'Aquino is a miniaturist who creates on an incredibly small scale and whose preferred canvas is, perhaps not surprisingly, a matchbook.
Debbie Millman
Marion Deuchars

Marion Deuchars on the expressiveness of hand lettering, how drawing is an intensive form of looking, and the need to be messy when creating art.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries

Comic selections from the 
Lewis Wayne Gallery in Dallas, Texas — one of the nation’s largest galleries of comic book art. 
Alexandra Lange
Bad Taste True Confessions: Erté

True confessions about my own bad taste. I loved Erté. Did you?

Alexandra Lange
Dot Supreme
Rick Poynor
The Museum of Communicating Objects

Orhan Pamuk’s The Innocence of Objects is an illuminating guide to his Museum of Innocence in Istanbul.

Rick Poynor
Brian Eno’s “Music for Films”
Rick Poynor
From the Archive: Graphic Metallica
John Foster
Accidental Mysteries

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age. This week's focus is paper folding art.

Amelia Lacy
Gene & Jackie Lacy

Gene and Jackie Lacy, Indianapolis-based graphic designers and illustrators practicing from the 1950s through the 1980s.

Rick Poynor
The Covers of J.G. Ballard’s Crash: An Update

Some recent covers of J.G. Ballard’s disturbing Crash, a notoriously hard novel for designers to interpret.

Rick Poynor
Motif Magazine: The World Made Visible

Motif magazine, founded in 1958, anticipated a new way of seeing, documenting and appreciating the “visible world.”

Rick Poynor
John McHale and the Expendable Ikon

Artist, graphic designer, information theorist, architectural critic, sociologist, futurist: it’s time to rediscover John McHale.

Alexandra Lange
Want to Buy A Valentine?

You can buy a valentine handmade by someone else. You can send your beloved a vintage card using an app. But where's the romance in that?

Rick Poynor
The Evil Genius of David Shrigley
Debbie Millman
Malcolm Gladwell

A live episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman withe special guest Malcolm Gladwell.

Rick Poynor
Man in a Bowler: Illustration after Magritte

By copying Magritte’s subject matter and method, illustrators ended up making a great artist look hackneyed.

Rick Poynor
How to Cover an Impossible Book
Rick Poynor
Literary Horror from the Chapman Brothers
Rick Poynor
Andrzej Klimowski: Transmitting the Image
Rick Poynor
Speculative Fiction, Speculative Design

The cover of England Swings SF is one of those prescient imaginative leaps that vaulted so far it disappeared from the historical record.

Julie Lasky
Between Two Convex Mirrors: A Conversation with Tomi Ungerer

Interview with illustrator and book artist Tomi Ungerer.

Rick Poynor
Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?
Rick Poynor
Unearthly Powers: Surrealism and SF

Richard Powers, auteur of the paperback cover, was a key figure linking science fiction and Surrealism.

Rick Poynor
Stewart Mackinnon: Ruptured and Remade
Rick Poynor
Starowieyski’s Graphic Universe of Excess

In Franciszek Starowieyski’s posters, desire, sexuality, monstrosity, madness and death conjoin in some of the most outrageous images found in graphic design.

Rick Poynor
An Unknown Master of Poster Design
Rick Poynor
On My Shelf: Richard Neville’s Playpower
Mark Lamster
Gerd Arntz: Design Icon

Gerd Arntz: A design icon who designed icons.

Michael Bierut
At the Movies with Javier Mariscal
Rick Poynor
What Does H. P. Lovecraft Look Like?

In a gilded age of adaptations: films, TV series, theatrical productions, H. P. Lovecraft’s short novel At the Mountains of Madness, is re-envisioned for a new generation.

Debbie Millman
The Art of Poetry

Debbie Millman interview Poetry magazine editor Christian Wiman, plus a slideshow of 67 Poetry covers.

Michael Bierut
James Victore: Straight Up

"Few designers have done more to render typography foundries irrelevant than Victore. The human hand, his hand, is always in evidence." Michael Bierut on James Victore's work.

William H. Helfand

A slideshow comprised of covers from Ridendo a magazine distributed to French physicians.

Christopher Mount
Wild at Heart: Tadanori Yokoo

Essay adapted from the catalog for "The Complete Posters of Tadanori Yokoo," an exhibition running through September 12, 2010, at the National Museum of Art in Osaka, Japan.

Rob Walker
When Funny Goes Viral

Taking Lulz (Sort of) Seriously.

Gerry Shamray
Harvey and Me

A remembrance of comic artist and graphic novelist Harvey Pekar by an illustrator who worked with him throughout his career, fellow Clevelander Gerry Shamray.

Ernest Beck
Edward Koren in Retrospect

Essay on The New Yorker cartoonist Edward Koren.

Ken Botnick, and Ira Raja
The Subtle Technology of Indian Artisanship

How India's craftsmen offer lessons in design thinking.

Steven Heller
Home Is the Sailor, Home from the Sea

In 1943, Margaret Wise Brown, the children’s book author signed a contract with Harper & Brothers to publish The Fathers Are Coming Home.

Michael Bierut
The Figure / Ground Relationship

Designing is the most important thing, but it’s not the only thing. All of the other things a designer designer does all day are important too, and you have to do them with intelligence, enthusiasm, dedication, and love. Together, those things create the background that makes the work meaningful, and, when you do them right, that makes the work good.

Steven Heller
Covering the Good Books

When reading was more fundamental than tweeting, Time Life Books played a significant role in getting the general public to acquire books on almost every subject.

Steven Heller
Father of Shrek, Grandfather of Tweet

William Steig was the father of vanity license plate abbreviations and the grandfather of the Instant Messenger, SMS, iChat, and Twitter shorthand.

Rob Walker
A Successful Failure

Yiying Lu is an artist and designer in Sydney, Australia. One image in her portfolio is of a peaceful whale held aloft by a small flock of birds, aka as the “Fail Whale” of Twitter.

Steven Heller
Draw Me Schools Of Commercial Art

Scores of advertisements, like the famous "Draw Me!" matchbook cover, offered willing aspirants the big chance to earn "$65, $80 and more a week" in "a pleasant, profitable Art career." Although the ads often shared space at the back of cheesy pulp magazines with offers to learn, well, brain surgery at home, they offered a legitimate way for anyone with a modicum of talent, limited means and an existing job to train in their spare time for a new profession.

Steven Heller
In Praise of the Anthropomorphic

Today I’m going to go out on a limb. I’ve decided that the next big thing in illustration, is one of the oldest conceits ever: Anthropomorphism, “the attribution of uniquely human characteristics to non-human creatures and beings, natural and supernatural phenomena, material states and objects or abstract concepts.”

Steven Heller
Breakdowns: A Review

Steven Heller reviews Art Spiegelman’s Breakdowns, his first anthology of autobiographical and experimental comics were originally published in 1978. Thirty years later, a new edition, Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist As A Young %@(#!, is finally out.

Steven Heller
Where Have You Gone R. Cobb?

Steven Heller
Clipping Art, One Engraving At a Time

These books, universally known as clip art books, some edited by Dick Sutphen and many others published by Dover and Chelsea House, were owned by almost every American illustrator, designer, and art director who found solace in them when an idea was needed but their imaginations were not entirely up to the task. This is a personal remembrance and homage to them.

Paula Scher
It’s How You Said It

Paula Scher: “The problem with the New Yorker’s controversial Obama cover is not that it’s dangerous and tasteless. The problem is that it isn’t dangerous or tasteless enough.”

William Drenttel
Thoughts on Democracy, July 4 2008

Debbie Millman
Laurie Rosenwald

On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Debbie talks with graphic designer, artist and actress Laurie Rosenwald.

Debbie Millman
Stefan Bucher

An interview with graphic designer, illustrator and Daily Monster creator Stefan Bucher.

Debbie Millman
Luba Lukova

An interview with award-winning illustrator Luba Lukova, whose work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Library of Congress and Bibliotheque Nationale in France. 

Debbie Millman
Maira Kalman

An interview with the remarkable Maira Kalman — the closest thing we in the United States have to a National Treasure.

Debbie Millman
Art Chantry

Art Chantry works and lives in Seattle where his ideas and personal style branded the look of popular culture, not only in the northwest and its bohemian underground, but also in the pop and alternative culture of the last few decades.  

Debbie Millman
Christoph Niemann

An interview with German-born designer and illustrator Christoph Niemann, who claims to have only one trick: “sitting in front of a white piece of paper and thinking, staring and drawing until my head hurts.”  

William Drenttel
David Hughes: Caricaturist of Our Time

But my favorite, in recent years, is the British illustrator David Hughes. I yearn for his drawings, look for them in my favorite publications, and save them whenever and wherever I find them.

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