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Rick Poynor
The Body as Factory: Anatomy of an Image
06.11.14

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

Alex Knowlton
Miami Nice
04.30.14

Alex Knowlton reviews this year's ADC Festival of Art + Craft in Advertising and Design in Miami Beach.

OBlog
See America
03.27.14

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
01.10.14

In this excerpt from his book No, No, No, No, No, Yes. Insights From A Creative Journey, Gideon Amichay pushes past no to yes.

Rick Poynor
Martin Sharp: People, Politics and Pop
01.03.14

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
12.06.13

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

OBlog
The Psychedelic and Grotesque Proto-GIFs of the 19th Century
10.31.13

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

OBlog
Seven Fantastic Vintage Anatomy Drawings
09.25.13

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
09.16.13

Bohumil Stepan’s Familienalbum presents a series of surreally equipped and irreverently modified collages of his family.

Rick Poynor
Bohumil Stepan’s Gallery of Erotic Humor
09.07.13

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
08.30.13

Today's obsession with digital renderings sparked two exhibitions that suggest a handmade, but far from quaint, corrective.

John Foster
The Voynich Manuscript
07.14.13

Accidental Mysteries for July 14, 2013 focuses on the rare and undecipherable Voynich manuscript.

Alexandra Lange
An ABC of the ABCs
OBlog
Flowering Pages
06.19.13

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
05.09.13

Granta’s new edition of The Age of Wire and String by Ben Marcus is a landmark of experimental illustration.

Debbie Millman
Wendy MacNaughton + Caroline Paul
05.03.13

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
03.22.13

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?
Debbie Millman
Sophie Blackall
02.15.13

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
John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
01.20.13

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
Debbie Millman
Marion Deuchars
01.11.13

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
12.30.12

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
12.19.12

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

Alexandra Lange
Dot Supreme
Rick Poynor
The Museum of Communicating Objects
10.05.12

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

Rick Poynor
Design a Cover for Eno’s Music for Films
Rick Poynor
From the Archive: Graphic Metallica
John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
Amelia Lacy
Gene & Jackie Lacy
05.16.12

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
03.23.12

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
03.02.12

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
02.26.12

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

Alexandra Lange
Want to Buy A Valentine?
Rick Poynor
The Evil Genius of David Shrigley
01.31.12

British artist David Shrigley, subject of a major exhibition in London, is forever tempting and testing the viewer.

Debbie Millman
Malcolm Gladwell
01.27.12

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

Rick Poynor
Man in a Bowler: Illustration after Magritte
Rick Poynor
How to Cover an Impossible Book
11.25.11

Tadeusz Borowski’s book This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen poses a visual challenge for designers.

Rick Poynor
Literary Horror from the Chapman Brothers
Rick Poynor
Andrzej Klimowski: Transmitting the Image
Rick Poynor
Speculative Fiction, Speculative Design
Julie Lasky
Between Two Convex Mirrors: A Conversation with Tomi Ungerer
06.27.11

Interview with illustrator and book artist Tomi Ungerer.

Rick Poynor
Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?
06.06.11

A DVD cover for the classic film noir Kiss Me Deadly uses the blindingly obvious symbol that just keeps on giving.

Rick Poynor
Unearthly Powers: Surrealism and SF
Rick Poynor
Stewart Mackinnon: Ruptured and Remade
04.12.11

Why, at the height of his early success, did a brilliant British illustrator decide to walk away and what happened next?

Rick Poynor
Starowieyski’s Graphic Universe of Excess
04.07.11

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
01.20.11

Gerd Arntz: A design icon who designed icons.

Michael Bierut
At the Movies with Javier Mariscal
12.10.10

Chico & Rita is a new animated film by Spanish designer Javier Mariscal and director Fernando Trueba.

Rick Poynor
What Does H. P. Lovecraft Look Like?
11.11.10

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
09.27.10

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

Michael Bierut
James Victore: Straight Up
09.01.10

"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
Ridendo
07.23.10

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

Christopher Mount
Wild at Heart: Tadanori Yokoo
07.21.10

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
07.16.10

Taking Lulz (Sort of) Seriously.

Gerry Shamray
Harvey and Me
07.13.10

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
07.01.10

Essay on The New Yorker cartoonist Edward Koren.

Ken Botnick, and Ira Raja
The Subtle Technology of Indian Artisanship
05.24.10

How India's craftsmen offer lessons in design thinking.


Steven Heller
Home Is the Sailor, Home from the Sea
04.27.10

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
09.25.09

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
08.11.09

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.

Michael Bierut
Seymour, An Introduction
05.30.09

In a world of design consultants, information architects, and experience planners, Seymour Chwast is something refreshingly old-fashioned: a commercial artist.  

Steven Heller
Father of Shrek, Grandfather of Tweet
04.21.09

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
02.12.09

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
12.03.08

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
10.27.08

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
09.15.08

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?
08.26.08


Steven Heller
Clipping Art, One Engraving At a Time
08.04.08

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
07.17.08

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
06.07.08


Debbie Millman
Laurie Rosenwald
03.14.08

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

Debbie Millman
Stefan Bucher
02.29.08

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

Debbie Millman
Luba Lukova
03.30.07

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
03.23.07

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

Debbie Millman
Art Chantry
03.31.06

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
03.10.06

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
11.17.05

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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